Andrea Freund

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Andrea Freund holds an MLitt in Viking Studies from UHI and a BA (Hons) Viking Studies from the University of Nottingham. She has just completed a PhD investigating runic inscriptions in Orkney as sources for Norse identities. As part of her project, she also created a temporary exhibition for Orkney Museum.

Previously, Andrea Freund has lived in Germany, Sweden, Iceland, England and China and worked on excavations in Germany and Sweden. She now also holds a post as Førstelektor at the University of Oslo.

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.

Academic interests

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.


Andrea Freund

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External Memberships

External Memberships

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

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Freund, A. (forthcoming), “Runes in Orkney: Making a Diaspora a home”, in S. Drechsler et al. (eds.), The North as Home. London: Norvik Press.

Freund, A. and R. Ljosland (2019), “Runic forgeries 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.