Dr Elizabeth Rowe

Reader in Scandinavian Studies

Fellow of Clare Hall

Contact Information

Clare Hall, Cambridge CB3 9AL (+44 01223 332360)
Department of ASNC
Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Office: S-R 36, (+44-1223-767313), email: ea315@cam.ac.uk

Departmental and College Responsibilities

  • Teaching in Scandinavian History in the Medieval Period (Parts I and II)
  • Contributor to the teaching of Palaeography and Codicology (Part I)
  • Contributor to the teaching of the special History seminar (Part II)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (on leave Michaelmas 2016)
  • Member of the Faculty Library Committee
  • Chair of the Clare Hall Fellowship Committee

Academic Interests

Medieval Icelandic historiography; Medieval Icelandic and Norwegian history; Medieval Icelandic codicology and palaeography, New-historicist readings of Old Norse sagas and thaettir; the Norse-Gaelic interface; Anglo-Saxon history.

Selected Publications

  • Books in progress:
    • The Medieval Annals of Iceland: A First English Translation. 2 vols.

    • With Colmán Etchingham, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, co-author of Medieval Textual Reflexes of the Norse-Gaelic Interface: History, tradition, and function.

  • ‘[England and the Wider World:] Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.’ To appear in The Cambridge Companion to Anglo-Saxon England, ed. Simon Keynes and Rosalind Love. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • ‘The long and the short of it: The issue of the smaller sagas, episodes in the sagas and compilations of sagas.’ To appear in The Ashgate Research Companion to the Medieval Saga, ed. Ármann Jakobsson and Sverrir Jakobsson. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Fornaldarsögur and heroic legends of the Edda.’ In Revisiting the Poetic Edda: Essays on Old Norse Heroic Legend, ed. Paul Acker and Carolyne Larrington. London: Routledge, 2013. Pp. 202–218.

  • Vikings in the West: The Legend of Ragnarr Loðbrók and his Sons. Studia Medievalia Septentrionalia, Vol. 18. Vienna: Fassbaender Verlag, 2012.


  • Sögubrot af fornkonungum: Mythologised History for Late Thirteenth-Century Iceland.’ In Making History: Essays on the Fornaldarsögur, ed. Martin Arnold and Alison Finlay. London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2010. Pp. 1–19. 
  • ‘Helpful Danes and Pagan Irishmen: Saga Fantasies of the Viking Age in the British Isles.’ Viking and Medieval Scandinavia (2009) 5:1-21.
  • Ragnars saga loðbrókar, Ragnarssona þáttr, and the Political World of Haukr Erlendsson.’ In Fornaldarsagaerne: Myter og virkelighed, ed. Agneta Ney, Ármann Jakobsson, and Annette Lassen. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, 2009. Pp. 347–360.
  • ‘Literary, Codicological, and Political Perspectives on Hauksbók.’ Gripla (2008) 19:51-76.
  • “Quid Sigvardus cum Christo? Moral Interpretations of Sigurðr Fáfnisbani in Old Norse Literature.” Viking and Medieval Scandinavia (2006) 2:167-200.
  • ‘Interrogating Genre in the Fornaldarsögur: Round-Table Discussion.’ Viking and Medieval Scandinavia (2006) 2:284-286 and 290.
  • The Development of Flateyjarbók: Iceland and the Norwegian Dynastic Crisis of 1389.  The Viking Collection, Vol. 15. Odense: Syddansk Universitets Forlag, 2005.
  • “The Adaptation of Laxdæla Saga in Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mesta.” Leeds Studies in English (2005)   n. s. 36:157-174.
  • “The Möðruvallabók Text of Chapter Five of Kormaks saga: A Palaeographical CommentaryIn A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part II: Reader, third edition, ed. Anthony Faulkes. London: Viking Society for Northern Research / University College London, 2005. Pp. 239-253.
  • “Short Prose Narrative (Þáttr).” Co-authored with Joseph Harris (Harvard University). In A Companion to Old Norse – Icelandic Literature and Culture, ed. Rory McTurk. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Pp. 462-478.
  • ‘Álfar (Elves).’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed., ed. Lindsay Jones. New York: Thomson Gale, 2005. Pp. 254b-255a.
  • ‘Dvergar (Dwarves).’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp.  2532a-2532b.
  • ‘Eddas.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 2691b-2694a.
  • ‘Freyja.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 3218a-3219b.
  • ‘Freyr.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 3219b-3221a.
  • ‘Germanic Religion: An Overview.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 3445b-3458b.
  • ‘Germanic Religion: History of Study.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 3458b-3461a.
  • ‘Heimdallr.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 3898a-3899a.
  • ‘Jötnar (Giants).’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 4959b-4960b.
  • ‘Njörðr.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 6641b-6642b.
  • ‘Óðinn.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 6808a-6810b.
  • ‘Runes [Further Considerations].’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 7940a-7941b.
  • ‘Sagas.’ In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 8023b-8026a.
  • ‘Týr.’  In the Encyclopedia of Religion, pp. 9426a-9427a.
  • Þorsteins þáttr uxafóts, Helga þáttr Þórissonar, and the Conversion Þættir.” Scandinavian Studies (2004) 76:459-474.
  • “Absent Mothers and the Sons of Fornjótr: Late-Thirteenth-Century Monarchist Ideology in Þorsteins saga Víkingssonar.” Mediaeval Scandinavia (2004) 14:133-60.
  • “Fornaldarsögur and Flateyjarbók.” Gripla (2003) 14:93-105.
  • “The Flateyjarbók Annals as a Historical Source: A Response to Eldbjørg Haug.” Scandinavian Journal of History (2002) 27:233-241.
  • Sörla Þáttr: The Literary Adaptation of Myth and Legend.” Saga-Book of the Viking  Society (2002) 26:38-66.
  • “Folktale and Parable: The Unity of Gautreks Saga.” Gripla (1998) 10:155-166.
  • “Historical Invasions / Historiographical Interventions: Snorri Sturluson and the Battle of Stamford Bridge.” Mediaevalia (1994 [for 1991]) 17:149-176.
  • “Generic Hybrids: Norwegian ‘Family’ Sagas and Icelandic ‘Mythic-Heroic’ Sagas.”  Scandinavian Studies  (1993) 64:539-554.
  • ‘Króka-Refs saga.’ In Medieval Scandinavia, ed. Phillip Pulsiano et al. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993. Pp. 369a-370b.
  • ‘Þorsteins draumr Síðu-Hallssonar.’ In Medieval Scandinavia, p. 673b.
  • ‘Þorsteins saga Síðu-Hallssonar.’ In Medieval Scandinavia, pp. 674a-674b.
  • ‘Víglundar saga.’ In Medieval Scandinavia, pp. 692b-693a.
  • “Searching for the Highest King: St. Christopher and Þáttr Sveins ok Finns.” Arkiv för Nordisk Filologi (1990) 105:131-139.