Högre seminariet: Emily Lethbridge presenterar en databas över isländska ortnamn

  • Datum: –12.00
  • Plats: Engelska parken 7-0017
  • Föreläsare: Emily Lethbridge
  • Kontaktperson: Henrik Williams
  • Seminarium

Nafnið.is: Building a database for the Icelandic place-name collection

In this talk, Emily will describe the aims and progress of the new project Nafnið.is. The project received a grant from the Infrastructure Fund (Innviðasjóður) of The Icelandic Research Council (RANNÍS) in 2018 and work began in autumn 2019. Something in the region of 13,000 documents are preserved in the place-name archive held by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Research. These documents are for the most part extraordinarily detailed descriptions of individual farm estates all around the country and they preserve around half a million micro-toponyms. Only a fraction of these have been mapped with GIS and the collection as a whole has not been openly accessible. The database that is being built at present will make all of this data accessible to researchers and the general public alike. It will hopefully jump-start and revolutionise Icelandic place-name studies in Iceland and beyond.


Emily Lethbridge holds PhD in Old Norse literature from the University of Cambridge. She is currently Research lecturer and Head of the Department for Name Studies (Nafnfræðisvið) at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík, Iceland. She also teaches on the University of Iceland’s Medieval Icelandic Studies and Viking and Medieval Norse Studies international MA-programme.