Andrea Freund has recently completed a PhD investigating runic inscriptions in Orkney as sources for Norse identities at INS. As part of her project, she also created a temporary exhibition for Orkney Museum. She holds an MLitt in Viking Studies from UHI and a BA (Hons) Viking Studies from the University of Nottingham and has held a post as Førstelektor in Runology at the University of Oslo. Currently, she is based in Germany and works as a linguist for an international company.
Outside of academia, she has a keen interest in literature and has published a number of literary translations, primarily of historical novels and fantasy. She was twice nominated for the RPC Fantasy Award for best translation and one of her translations topped the Phantastik-Bestenliste.
Her research focuses on runic inscriptions from the Western diaspora. She is interested in the Viking Age and medieval period from an interdisciplinary perspective. Her other research interest is the modern reception of the Vikings, especially the modern use of runes.
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Member of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies
Member of the Viking Society for Northern Research
Member of Deutscher Museumsbund
Member of Verband deutschsprachiger Übersetzer literarischer und wissenschaftlicher Werke
Freund, A. (2019), “Runes in Orkney: Making a Diaspora a home”, in H. S. Djuve et al. (eds.), The North as Home. London: Norvik Press. pp. 50 - 69.
Freund, A. and R. Ljosland (2019), “Modern Rune Carving in Northern Scotland”, Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, 8 (2017), pp. 127 – 150.
Blendl, A. (2016), “Die DNA der Wikinger”, in M. Helmbrecht (ed.), Wikinger! Hamburg: Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft. pp. 212 – 213.