Robert Elsie

Canadian/German linguist and Albanologist (1950–2017)

Robert Elsie (June 29, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was a Canadian scholar who specialized in Albanian literature and folklore. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was known for his works Albanian Literature : A Short History and The Highland Lute (Lahuta e Malcís): The Albanian National Epic. As a translator, Elsie offered the reader “a selection of songs from the best known cycle of Albanian epic verse”.[1]

Elsie in 2006

Elsie died of complications from ALS in Bonn, Germany on October 2, 2017 at the age of 67.[2]


  1. John Kolsti. "Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck, eds. and trans". Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  2. Robert Elsie, one of the greatest Albanologists, passes away at 67

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