Books: Monographs and Editions

Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011).

Holy Vikings: Saints’ Lives in the Old Icelandic Kings’ Sagas, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 340 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007).

(Editor, with David Clark), Old Norse Made New: Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture (London: Viking Society for Northern Research 2007). [Online here]

A History of Norway and the Passion and Miracles of the Blessed Óláfr, trans. Devra Kunin, edited with an introduction and notes by Carl Phelpstead (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2001). Web publication with corrections and Supplementary Note (2008).

Articles in Journals and Essays in Edited Collections

‘Time’ in The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas, ed. Ármann Jakobsson and Sverrir Jakobsson (Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 187–97.

Ecocriticism and Eyrbyggja saga’, Leeds Studies in English, New Series 45 (2014), 1–18

'Myth-making and Sub-creation’ in
A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien, ed. Stuart Lee (Oxford: Wiley, 2014), pp. 79–91.

'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Hair Loss, the Tonsure, and Masculinity in Medieval Iceland', Scandinavian Studies 85.1 (2013), 1-19.

‘"For W. H. A.": Tolkien's Poem in Praise of Auden' in Tolkien's Poetry, ed. Julian Eilmann and Allan Turner (Zurich and Jena: Walking Tree Press, 2013), pp. 45-58.

'Skaldic Saints and Stories of Miracles: Christianity and Vernacular Literary Culture in Trondheim and Kirkwall’, Northern Studies 44 (2013), 80–97.

‘Fantasy and History: The Limits of Plausibility in Oddr Snorrason’s Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar,Saga-Book 36 (2012), 27–42.

‘“Th’ende is every tales strengthe”: Contextualizing Chaucerian Perspectives on Death and Judgement’ in Chaucer and Religion, ed. Helen Phillips (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2010), pp. 97110.

‘King, Martyr and Virgin: Imitatio Christi in Ælfric’s Life of St Edmund’ in St Edmund, King and Martyr: Changing Images of a Medieval Saint, ed. Anthony Bale (York Medieval Press/Boydell and Brewer, 2009), pp. 2744.

‘Adventure-time in Yngvars saga víðförla’ in Fornaldarsagaerne: Myter og virkelighed, ed. Agneta Ney, Ármann Jakobsson, and Annette Lassen (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2009), pp. 33146.

‘“With Chunks of Poetry in Between”: The Lord of the Rings and Saga Poetics,’ Tolkien Studies 5 (2008), 2338.

‘A Viking Pacifist? The Life of St Magnus in Saga, Novel, and Opera’ in Old Norse Made New: Essays on the Post-Medieval Reception of Old Norse Literature and Culture, ed. David Clark and Carl Phelpstead (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2007), pp. 11932. [Online here]

‘Size Matters: Penile Problems in Sagas of Icelanders,’ Exemplaria 19.3 (2007), 42037.

‘Pilgrims, Missionaries and Martyrs: The Holy in Bede, Orkneyinga saga and Knýtlinga saga’ in The Making of Christian Myths in the Periphery of Latin Christendom (c. 10001300) ed. Lars Boje Mortensen (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2006), pp. 5381.

‘Converting to Europe: Christian Themes in Knýtlinga saga,Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 1 (2005), 16377.

‘A New Edition of Biskupa sogur,Gripla 15 (2004), 245–61 [review article; online here].

‘Auden and the Inklings: An Alliterative Revival,’ Journal of English and Germanic Philology 103 (2004), 433–57.

‘The Sexual Ideology of Hrólfs saga kraka,’ Scandinavian Studies 75 (2003), 1–24.

‘In Honour of St Óláfr: The Miracle Stories in Snorri Sturluson’s Óláfs saga helga,’ Saga-Book 25 (2000), 292306. [Online here]

Textual Editions (in edited books)

The Tale of Hogni and Hedinn translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon, introduction by Carl Phelpstead in Making History: Essays on the Fornaldarsögur, ed. Martin Arnold and Alison Finlay (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2010), pp. 105–18. [Online here]

Óláfs ríma Haraldssonar’ in A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part II: Reader, ed. Anthony Faulkes, 4th edn (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2007), pp. 30722.

Maríu saga: A Miracle of the Virgin Mary’ in A New Introduction to Old Norse, Part II: Reader, ed. Anthony Faulkes, 3rd edn (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2005), pp. 173–78; repr. in 4th edn (London: Viking Society for Northern Research, 2007), pp. 17378.

Other Article-length Pieces (including conference preprints)

'Tolkien, David Jones, and the God Nodens' in The Lord of the Rings Plaza Scholars Forum at (2013)

‘Hair Loss, the Tonsure, and Masculinity in Medieval Iceland’ in Á austrvega. Saga and East Scandinavia: Preprint Papers of the 14th International Saga Conference, 9th15th August 2009, ed. Agneta Ney, Henrik Williams and Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist (Gävle: Gävle University Press, 2009), vol. 2, pp. 76167.

‘Historicizing Plausibility: The Anticipation of Disbelief in Oddr Snorrason’s Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar’ in The Fantastic in Old Norse/Icelandic Literature, Sagas and the British Isles: Preprint Papers of the 13th International Saga Conference, Durham and York, 6th–12th August, 2006, ed. John McKinnell, David Ashurst, and Donata Kick (Durham: Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006), vol. 2, pp. 759–68.

‘Masculinity and Sexuality in Sagas of Scandinavian Royal Saints’ in Scandinavia and Christian Europe in the Middle Ages: Papers of the 12th International Saga Conference Bonn/Germany, 28th July 2nd August 2003, ed. Rudolph Simek and Judith Meurer (Bonn: Hausdruckerei der Universität Bonn, 2003), pp. 42128.

Shorter Pieces (including entires in reference works)

‘Men in Anglo-Saxon England’ and ‘Old English Verse Saints’ Lives’ in The English Parish Church Through the Centuries: Daily Life & Spirituality, Art & Architecture, Literature & Music, Interactive CD-ROM, ed. Dee Dyas (Culture and Christianity, 2010).

Entries on ‘Gunnlaugr Leifsson,’ ‘Historia Norwegiae,’ and ‘Oddr Snorrason’ in The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert E. Bjork (Oxford: OUP, 2010), II 755, 802, III 1221.

Contribution to ‘Interrogating Genre in the Fornaldarsögur: Round-Table Discussion’, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 2 (2006), 275 96 (at 27879).

Entries in The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment, ed. Michael D. C. Drout (New York: Routledge, 2006):  Brut by Layamon,’  pp. 7677; ‘Christ: Advent Lyrics,’  pp. 9899; ‘Homecoming of Beorhtnoth,’  pp. 28384; ‘Northern Courage,’  pp. 46162; ‘On Translating Beowulf,’  pp. 48283; ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo edited by Christopher Tolkien,’ pp. 61415.

Entries in The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, and Janet Todd: ‘Egils saga’ (2010); ‘Middle English Lyric, 1100–1500’ (2004); ‘Hrólfs saga kraka’ (2003); ‘Music in Anglo-Saxon England’ (2003); ‘Njáls saga’ (2003).


Review of Erin Michelle Goeres, The Poetics of Commemoration: Skaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890–1070 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), Scandinavica 55 no. 2 (2016), 86–88. [Also online at]

Review of Heather O’Donoghue, English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), Review of English Studies 66, issue 275 (2015): 563-565.

Review of Larissa Tracy, ed., Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2013), Review of English Studies, (2014) vol. 65 (issue 270), 541-543.

Review of James Wade,
Fairies in Medieval Romance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms. Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas 18:7 (2013), 956–58.

Review of Þorleifur Hauksson, ed., Sverris saga, Íslenzk fornrit XXX (Reykjavík: Hið íslenzka fornritafélag, 2007), Saga-Book 34 (2010), 132–35.

Review of Haki Antonsson, St Magnús of Orkney: A Scandinavian Martyr-Cult in Context, The Northern World 29 (Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2007), Saga-Book 32 (2008), 98101.

Review of Tison Pugh, Sexuality and its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), The Medieval Review (2008).

Review of Magnús Fjalldal, Anglo-Saxon England in Icelandic Medieval Texts (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland Newsletter 25 (2007), 910.

Review of Paul Acker and Carolyne Larrington, eds, The Poetic Edda: Essays on Old Norse Mythology (New York and London: Routledge, 2002), Reading Medieval Reviews (2005).

Review of Jane Chance, ed., Tolkien the Medievalist, Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture 3 (London and New York: Routledge, 2003), Reading Medieval Reviews (2005).

Review of Richard Marsden, The Cambridge Old English Reader (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland Newsletter 20 (2005), 6.

Review of Historia Norwegie, ed. Inger Ekrem and Lars Boje Mortensen, trans. Peter Fisher (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2003), Saga-Book 27 (2003), 105–08. [Online here]

Editorial Work

I have been an editor of the journal Saga-Book since October 2004 and one of the two general editors of the Viking Society’s Text Series since June 2007.