Jonas Wellendorf

    Jonas Wellendorf

  • Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • Old Norse
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  • Office: 6409 Dwinelle
  • Office hours: Spring 2024: TBA

Professor Wellendorf’s research interests center on the interface between vernacular Old Norse literature and the Latin tradition. He is particularly interested in learned literature, broadly defined, mythography, historiography, skaldic poetry, and Old Norse treatises on grammar and poetics.

His doctoral dissertation (Bergen, 2017) focused on Old Norse vision literature. Since then he has published on widely on Medieval Scandinavian Literature. Common to these studies is that Old Norse texts are studied against the backdrop of a wider classical and medieval Latin tradition.

In Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia: Retying the Bonds (Cambridge, 2018), Wellendorf examined the changing understandings of pre-Christian Scandinavian myth and religion over five centuries (1200–1700). Currently, he is working on an edition of the Old Norwegian Book of Homilies and a second book on Norse mythology (Working title: The Lives and Deaths of the Norse Gods).

Recent publications include

-“From Odinus to Noidus: Cultures in Contact in the Thirteenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” Shaman: Journal of the International Association for Academic Research on Shamanism. 20pp. 2023.

– “The Prosimetrum of Old Norse Historiography – Looking for Parallels.” Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures 9, 180–216. 2022.

– “Ethnogenesis and Stranger-Kings in Old Scandinavian Literature.” Scandinavian Studies 94/4, 504-529. 2022.

– “Austrfararvísur and Interreligious contacts in Conversion Age Scandinavia,” The Wild Hunt for Numinous Knowledge: Perspectives on and from the Study of Pre-Christian Nordic Religions in Honour of Jens Peter Schjødt, eds. Karen Bek-Pedersen, Sophie Bønding, Luke John Murphy, Simon Nygaard and Morten Warmind. Religionsvidenskabeligt tidskrift 74, 469-489. 2022.

– “Ymir, Baldr and the Grand Narrative Arc of Mythological History.” Myth and History in Celtic and Scandinavian Traditions, ed. Emily Lyle, p. 271-293. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2021.

A number of his publications can be read here.


Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia: Retying the Bonds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 

The Fourth Grammatical Treatise, ed. with Margaret Clunies Ross. London: The Viking Society, 2014 [download complete text].

Fjöld veit hon frœða: Utvalde arbeid av Else Mundal, ed. with Odd Einar Haugen and Bernt Øyvind Thorvaldsen. Bibliotheca Nordica 5. Oslo: Novus, 2012.

Kristelig visionslitteratur i norrøn tradition. Bibliotheca Nordica 2. Oslo: Novus, 2009.

Oral art forms and their passage into writing, ed. with Else Mundal. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2008.