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Dr. Arne Kruse

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


  • Cand. Philol. (Trondheim)
  • PhD (Edinburgh)

Dr Arne Kruse has worked at Volda University College, the University of Lund, the University of Wisconsin. He has been employed at the Scandinavian Section at the University of Edinburgh since 1989.

Research Interests

  • Place-name studies; theory and methodology
  • Scandinavian place-names in Scandinavia, Scotland and the North Atlantic area
  • Scandinavian language and place-names in North America
  • Scandinavian language history and dialectology

I welcome research applications in Scandinavian language history, place-name studies and dialectology, and I am keen to participate in interdisciplinary projects relating similar subjects.

My research is focused on place-names; in particular how larger patterns of name distribution can be used as a tool to indicate settlement history.
My research interest at the moment is on the early Viking period in Scotland and especially the early Norse place-names in the west of Scotland. Linked to this is my other area of research interest, which is languages and cultures in contact, as seen from onomastic studies but also from historical sources and archaeology. I have a number of publications centered on the Norse in Scotland and the Scandinavians in North America.

I am a founding member of the Hjaltland Network, see web address:



  • Norwegian Language 2
  • Scandinavian Languages 2
  • Norwegian Honours, language
  • Scandinavian Language History, Honours Option course
  • Scandinavian Place-Name Studies, Honours Option course
  • Brandes, Strindberg and Ibsen, Honours Option course
  • Viking Studies, Honours Option course / MSc course
  • Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Scotland, MSc course
  • MSc Translation Studies, Norwegian

Research outputs

  1. Ordet Ballvollen knytt til transnasjonal overføring av idéar

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Columba and Jonah - a motif in the dispersed art of Iona

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Tabu og fiske

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Journal of the North Atlantic

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer-review

  2. Vikings in Scotland

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Northern Studies

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

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