“David M. Krueger’s multi-faceted analysis of the “cult” of the Kensington Rune Stone adds to recent scholarship on collective memory and the invention of identity. I know of no other study that so effectively traces a changing audience and the enduring allure of a foundational myth that persists despite almost universal scientific rejection.” 

–MARY LETHERT WINGERD, Author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota

“Myths of the Rune Stone moves far past the Rune Stone’s legitimacy to explain how and why the stone fascinated and even obsessed such a wide swath of Minnesota’s European-descended population. The heart of this book is the story it tells about the persistent renewal of the Rune Stone story across a century of doubt.” 

–JON BUTLER, Yale University

(2017)  Journal of American Studies, 51(1), 267-268.

Review by N. ZACEK from the University of Manchester.

(2016) Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture, Vol. 50, No. 2/3.  

Review by Graham C. Boettcher of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama.

(2016) The Annals of Iowa, Vol. 75, No. 4.

Review by Kristin Elmquist. Journal website:

11/04/2016 Review: Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society — Vol. 63:91-101.

Review by Colin Betts, professor of anthropology at Luther College. Full text PDF: krueger_myths-journal-of-the-iowa-archeological-society-11-04-16 Link to journal:

9/1/2016 Review: Scandinavian Studies, Vol. 88, No. 2.

Review by Marit Barkve, a PhD candidate in Scandinavian Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Full text PDF: krueger_myths-scandinavian-studies-09-29-16 Link to journal:

7/1/2016 Review: H-Skand (H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online)

Review by Adam J. Oberlin:

4/27/2016 Review: Journal of Folklore Research: An International Journal of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Review by Pamela Dearinger: Link to online article:

4/13/2016 Review: Minneapolis City Pages

Review by Mike Mullen. Link to online article: Link to full-text PDF: krueger_myths-city-pages-4-13-16

Spring 2016 Review: Swedish American Genealogist

Review by Dennis L. Johnson (Subscription access only).

 12/4/2015 “6 Local Books and Albums to Give this Holiday”

Myths of the Rune Stone make Minnesota Monthly magazine’s recommended list for holiday purchases! Read the review here:

11/3/2015 “Why Have So Many Fallen for the Rune Stone Hoax?”

10/7/2015 Jason Colavito Blog

10/2/2015 Echo Press – Alexandria, Minnesota

9/10/2015 Norwegian American Weekly