The Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde bears the name of its founder, the English scholar and natural scientist Johannes Hoops. A second, completely revised edition of the Reallexikon has been appearing since 1972. It is designed as a handbook, and follows the tradition of comprehensive encyclopedias. Its objective is to give an all-encompassing and critical account of the state of the art in "Old Germanic History". Its interdisciplinary approach allows it to include findings from art history, legal history, ethnology and religious studies.