LOMMEL, Hermann

LOMMEL, Hermann. Erlangen 7.7.1885 — Prien am Chiemsee 5.10.1968. German Indo-Iranian Scholar. Professor in Frankfurt. Born in an academic family, son physicist Eugen L. (1837–1899) and Luise Hegel (granddaughter of the philosopher). From 1905 studies of IE linguistics at Munich and from 1907 at Göttingen, under Wackernagel, Oldenberg and Andreas. Ph.D. 1912 Göttingen. During WW I served in navy. From 1915 PD and in 1917-20 ao. Professor at Göttingen. From 1920 ord. Professor at Frankfurt a.M. Retired in 1950. Married 1912 with Blanche Roe (1884–1916), an American scholar of Germanistics, one son (anthropologist Andreas L., 1912–2005) and one daughter.

Originally an IE linguist Lommel mainly worked on the Avesta and Rigveda. Among his students was Schlerath.

Publications: Diss. Studien über indogermanische Femininbildungen. 80 p. Göttingen 1912.

– “Awestische Einzelstudien”, ZII 1-7, 1922-29.

– “Untersuchungen zur Metrik des jüngeren Avesta”, ZII 1, 1922, 185-245 & 5, 1927, 1-92; “Kleine Beiträge zur arischen Sprachkunde”, KZ 50, 1922, 260-275.

Translated: Die Yäšt’s der Awesta. 12+211 p. Quellen d. Rel.gesch. 15. Göttingen 1927; Die Gāthās des Zarathustra. 237 p. Basel 1971 (first publ. in NGGW 1934/35, now ed. by Schlerath).

Die Religion Zarathustras:nach dem Awesta dargestellt. 8+290 p. Tübingen 1930.

– “Vedica und Avestica”, ZII 8, 1931, 267-280; “Yasna 32”, W & S 19, 1938, 237-265.

Die Alten Arier: Von Art und Adel ihrer Götter. 158 p. Religion und Kultur der alten Arier 1. 1935; Der arische Kriegsgott. 76 p. Rel. u. Kultur der alten Arier 2. Frankfurt/Main 1939.

– “Vedische Einzelstudien”, ZDMG 99, 1945-49, 225-257; “Vedische Skizzen”, Schubring Festschrift 1951, 25-38; “Awestische und vedische Einzelstudien”, ZDMG 105, 1955, 151-174; “Die Sunaḥśepa-Legende”, ZDMG 114, 1964, 122-161.

Translated: Gedichte des Rig-Veda. 132 p. München 1955.

Altbrahmanische Legenden. 77 p. Zürich 1964.

– Further articles; Kleine Schriften. Hrsg. von K. L. Janert. 626 p. Glasenapp-St. 16. Wb. 1978.

Sources: B. Schlerath, N.D.B. 15, 1987, 145 and Paideuma 15, 1969, 1-7; R. Schmitt, Encyclop. Iranica 2000 (online 2012); Stache-Rosen 1990, 208; brieflly D.B.E. 6, 1997, 465; Festgabe für Herman Lommel. Wb. 1960; Wikipedia; photo in Rau 114, another in Sardesai.

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