Amy Amendt-Raduege

she/her/hers, Instructor


Pronunciation: Amy: AYE-me, Amendt: ah-MEN-t, Raduege: Rhymes with "league"

Amy Amendt-Raduege specializes in literature of the medieval Global North, concentrating on about 500-1100 CE. She is especially interested in the lives, literature, and belief systems of everyday people, particularly surrounding death, dying, and burial.  In other words, she reads a lot of medieval ghost stories.  She is also a Tolkien scholar and has written and spoken on Tolkien's works in the US and Europe.  Her first book, "The Sweet and the Bitter":  Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, won the prize for International Inklings Scholarship.

Currently, she is working on a book exploring the development of the afterlife in Tolkien's legendarium, as well as a non-Tolkien-related book on the transition of ghosts from the very corporeal revenants found in medieval Norse and English literature to the incorporeal conceptions of ghosts we hold today.  

Research Interests

  • Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Folklore
  • Archaeology
  • Eschatology
  • Medieval History
  • Tolkien Studies
  • Ghostlore
  • Old English
  • Old Norse