19 November 2018

Annette Lassen awarded Research Prize for 2018

Annette Lassen, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, is to be awarded the Einar Hansen Research Foundation’s Research Prize for 2018 for her research in the literature of medieval Iceland and its reception.

Lassen received her Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen in 2006 with a dissertation on textual representations of the Nordic heathen god Odin in Old Norse/Icelandic texts and Saxo’s Gesta Danorum. After having taught Danish at the University of Iceland, Lassen returned to Copenhagen in 2009 and began as assistant professor, later associate professor, at the Arnamagnæan Institute at the University of Copenhagen.

Over the past few years, Lassen has been the driving force behind the translation of the Icelandic sagas into Danish, which have been lauded not only for the quality of their translations, but also for making saga literature available to the next generation of readers based in research. The first of these large translation projects edited by Lassen was a five-volume compilation of the Sagas of the Icelanders, which was published in 2014. Since 2016 publication of the second project, a compilation of the Legendary sagas, has been underway; in total 8 volumes will be published.

Read more on the Einar Hansen Research Foundation's webpage.