Dr. Elizabeth Rowe

Elizabeth Rowe received her BA magna cum laude, from Cornell University and her PhD from the same institution. Her life’s work began with her dissertation “Fables in the best of sagas: Studies in the genre of the Old Norse mythic-heroic saga”. A specialist in Medieval Icelandic and Norwegian history, Dr. Rowe is currently Lecturer in Scandinavian History of the Viking Age at the University of Cambridge in England. In addition to her post at Cambridge, she leads the medieval section of the International Manuscript Summer School (held alternately in Reykjavik and Copenhagen). She is a prolific writer who has published numerous articles and encyclopedia entries, along with several books including, The Medieval Annals of Iceland, The Development of Flateyjarbók: Iceland and the Norwegian Dynastic Crisis of 1389 and Ragnarr Loðbrók in Medieval Icelandic Historiography, a study of a Viking hero known from Viking Age Old Norse poetry and sagas. She also has been a panelist or commentator on several programs on the Vikings including on BBC Radio and The History Channel. Dr. Rowe was Historical Consultant and writer for the video game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice that has won twenty awards, including five BAFTA Video Game awards.

Tours Led by Elizabeth Rowe

  • Iceland: In the Path of the VikingsIceland: In the Path of the Vikings
    August 6 - 15, 2021 | Elizabeth Rowe Tour Iceland and learn about the people who settled this remote island. On Far Horizons 10-day journey, experience dramatic landscapes, ancient Norse longhouses, and Viking ships. Learn about the adventures, struggles and often bloody feuds of the great families who settled on this remote island as described in the stories in Iceland’s sagas.