John Lindow
Professor of Scandinavian
Ph.D., Harvard University (Germanic Languages and Literatures)

Research interests: Old Norse-Icelandic literature, mainly mythology and poetry; Scandinavian folklore, mainly legends; Finno-Ugric folklore.

Teaching Experience: Medieval Scandinavian language, literature, and culture; Viking and medieval Scandinavia; Scandinavian mythology; Scandinavian, European, Arctic and Subarctic folklore. Teaching generally focuses on the interpretation of texts in social and historical context. Affiliated with Finnish Studies Program, Religious Studies Program, and the graduate degree programs in Folklore and Medieval Studies.

Current projects: Monographs on Thor, Odin and Freyja.

Selected Publications

Books: (Move over title for cover photo. Click to purchase @ Amazon)

Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. New edition of Handbook of Norse Mythology. Santa Barbara, Denver and London: ABC-Clio, 2001.

Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs. Ed. Carl Lindahl, John McNamara, and John Lindow. Santa Barbara, Denver and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2000.

Murder and Vengeance Among the Gods: Baldr in Scandinavian Mythology. FF Communications, 262. Helsinki: Akademia Scientiarum Fennica,1997.

Scandinavian Mythology: An Annotated Bibliography, Garland Publishing, 1988.

Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide. Ed. with Carol Clover. Cornell Univ. Press, 1985 -- Reprint University of Toronto Press, 2005.

Swedish Legends and Folktales, UC Press, 1978.

Comitatus Individual and Honor: Studies in North Germanic Institutional Vocabulary, UC Press, 1976.

Recent Articles:

“The Strong Housewife: ML 5080.” In The Nordic Storyteller: Essays in Honour of Niels Ingwersen, ed. Thomas A. DuBois and Susan Brantley (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), 61-78.

“Mapping Identity in Bárðar saga.” In Greppaminni - afmælisrit til heiðurs Vésteini Ólasyni sjötugum, ed. Margrét Eggertsdóttir et al (Reykjavík: Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag, 2009), 247-58.

“When Njörðr Chose Skaði.” In Romance and Love in Late Medieval and Early Modern Iceland: A Festschrift in Honor of Marianne Kalinke, Islandica, 53, ed. Kirsten Wolf (Ithaca: Cornell University Library, 2009).

“Poetry, Dwarfs and Gods: Understanding Alvíssmál.” In Learning and Understanding in the Old Norse World: Essays in Honour of Margaret Clunies Ross, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe, 18, ed Judy Quinn, Kate Heslop, and Tarrin Wills (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 287-305.

“St Olaf and the Skalds.” In Sanctity in the North: Saints, Lives, and Cults in Medieval Scandinavia, ed. Thomas A. DuBois (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), pp. 103-27.

“Changelings, Changing, Re-exchanges: Thoughts on the Relationship between Folk Belief and Legend.” In LEGENDS AND LANDSCAPE: Plenary Papers from the 5th Celtic-Nordic-Baltic Folklore Symposium, Reykjavík, 15th-18th June 2005, ed. Terry Gunnell (Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan, 2008 ), pp. 215-34.

“Folklore’s Debt to the Study of Language: Documenting Folklore and Documenting Language and Dialect in the Nordic Countries.” In Combat pour les langues du monde - Fighting for the world's languages, Hommage à Claude Hagège (Textes réunis par M.M.J. Fernandez-Vest), Paris, Ed.
L'Harmattan, Collection Grammaire & Cognition, N° 4, 2007, pp. 327-37.

“Trolls in the Isefjord (A Danish Folktale)” [Co-author with Marijane Osborne]. ANQ 20 (2007): 51-53.

"Akkerisfrakki: Traditions Concerning Óláfr Tryggvason and Hallfređr Óttarsson vandrćđaskáld and the Problem of the Conversion." Journal of English and Germanic Philology 108 (2007): 64-80.

"Poets and Poetry in Myth and Life: The Case of Bragi." In Old Norse Religion In Long-Term Perspectives: Origins, Changes And Interactions: An International Conference in Lund, Sweden June 3-7, 2004. Vägar till Midagĺrd, 8. Ed. Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert, and Catharine Raudvere (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2006), 21-25.

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