John Lindow

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John Lindow (born 1946) is a professor emeritus (University of California, Berkeley) specializing in Scandinavian medieval studies and folklore. Lindow's works include Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Rituals, and Beliefs, a handbook for Norse mythology.[1] He received his PhD in Germanic languages and literature from Harvard University in 1972 and began teaching at Berkeley in 1978.

In 1977 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy.[2] In 2018, he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon at the Icelandic president's residence for scholarly contributions in the area of Icelandic medieval literature.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Lindow, John (1976) Comitatus, individual and honor: Studies in north Germanic institutional vocabulary, University of California Press[4]
  • Lindow, John (1978) Swedish legends and folktales, Berkeley: University of California Press[5]
  • Lindow, John (1997) Murder Vengeance among the Gods: Baldr in Scandinavian Mythology, Helsinki : Suomalainen tiedeakatemia, Academia Scientiarum Fennica[6]
  • Lindow, John (2001) Handbook of Norse mythology, Santa Barbara, Calif.[7] also published as Lindow, John (2001). Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515382-0.
  • Lindow, John (2014) Trolls: An Unnatural History. London: Reaction Books[8]


  1. ^ Lindow (2001:Rear flap).
  2. ^ Curriculum vitae Archived 2010-07-11 at the Wayback Machine, 2007, retrieved 2011-01-10.
  3. ^ "Nýir fálkaorðuhafar |". Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  4. ^ Barnes, Michael (1978) Review of Comitatus, Individual and Honor: Studies in North Germanic Institutional Vocabulary by John Lindow (A revision of the author's thesis, Harvard, 1972), Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, Jul., 1978, vol. 53, no. 3, p. 597-600
  5. ^ Simpson, Jacqueline (1979) Review of Swedish Legends and Folktales by John Lindow, Folklore, vol. 90, no. 2, p. 244
  6. ^ Hugus, Frank (1999) (Review of) Murder Vengeance among the Gods: Baldr in Scandinavian Mythology, by John Lindow, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, Vol. 74, No. 2 (Apr.), pp. 450-452
  7. ^ Simpson, Jacqueline (2003) Review of Handbook of Norse Mythology, Folklore, Aug., 2003, vol. 114, no. 2, pp. 275–76
  8. ^ O’Donoghue, Heather (2014) From folk tales to internet pests - Review of John Lindow TROLLS An unnatural history, Times Literary Review 19 November 2014

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