Background and activities


I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Language and Literature. I received my MA in Scandinavian Studies and German Philology from Kiel University, Germany, in 2019. My MA dissertation investigates the vernacular adaptations of the Latin Evangelium Nicodemi in Iceland and Scandinavia, primarily the Old Norse-Icelandic Niðrstigningar saga. I have previously worked as a research assistant at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, Frisian Studies and General Linguistics in Kiel as well as for the Hanseatic Museum in Bergen, Norway.

PhD project

My PhD project examines fragments of liturgical books produced in Iceland between 1056 and 1402. It integrates methodology from material philology, fragment studies, book history and historical sociolinguistics in an interdisciplinary approach to virtually reconstruct the liturgical books preserved in the Icelandic fragment material and to study those reconstructed liturgical books in their respective historical sociocultural and sociolinguistic contexts.

Research interests

  • Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe
  • Material Philology
  • Codicology
  • Fragment Studies
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Stemmatology
  • Digital Humanities

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Part of book/report

  • Lorenz, Tom. (2021) Liturgical Books in Icelandic Palimpsests. Proceedings of the 10th Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North (Reykjavík, April 15–17, 2021).
  • Lorenz, Tom. (2020) Burial arrangements and conceptions about the afterlife in Old Norse literary sources from the 9th to the 14th century, with reference to the role of birds of prey played therein. Raptor on the fist : falconry its imagery and similar motifs throughout the millenia on a global scale : 2/1.