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The Poetic Edda by Anonymous

The Poetic Edda

by Anonymous, Saemund Sigfusson (Alleged author)

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    The Nibelungenlied by Anonymous (andejons)
    andejons: Much of the story of Nibelungenlied is also told in the poetic Edda, but in considerably shorter form but with some extra material. There are also many points that differ.
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    The Skalds A Selection of Their Poems, with Introduction and Notes by Lee M. Hollander (Rowntree)
    Rowntree: An interesting examination of skaldic verse forms.
  3. 20
    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien (guurtjesboekenkast)
    guurtjesboekenkast: De legende van Sigurd en Gudrún bevat twee epische gedichten die zijn gebaseerd op Oudnoorse mythen die bekendstaan als de Edda. Tolkien herschreef deze legende in twee modern Engelse gedichten. Samen vormen deze het verhaal van de drakendoder Sigurd, de wraak van Gudrún en de val van de Nibelungen.… (more)

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The Scandis are the best because they cover both extremes. The Norse gods take us on a cosmic journey beyond our imagination, from the birth of the world out of the bones of the ice giant Ymir to its death at the hands of the fire demon Surtr, and then, like, fart on our pillow, or pants us in front of the whole fishing village. Essential if anything is. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jan 11, 2017 |
If you're really interested in Norse mythology, this is a must-read. However, if you want an easy-to-understand version or are not already familiar with the stories, it might be best to find another book. There are so many footnotes that it can be easy to forget what the footnotes were referring to. I had to reread the whole book before I felt like I remembered anything from it. ( )
  aurelas | Dec 23, 2016 |
Viking/Scandinavian heroes written by someone in Iceland around 950 AD. Brutal people who ruled the Baltic and North Atlantic. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Of course, the Edda and its mazy scene of Gods and heroes in school was subject of German classes. But imagination is more important than knowledge. Sigurd was one of the Edda figures. Laying down in the woods and dreaming of the strong guy who was my friend and companion, was much more interesting than doing homework. However, when I was twelve, among kids he was better known as a comic character. Sigurd’s creator, Hans-Rudi Wäscher, sold millions of copies and later on was awarded by Guinness World Records as the most prolific German cartoonist.
  hbergander | Feb 5, 2014 |
I totally didn't use my essay as an excuse to read this... This is a source for Snorri's Edda, so of course, it was appropriate reading. It's a bit harder to read than Snorri's Edda, I think, although that's partially the translation. The translator translated the names, which is a bit weird to read.

Fun seeing how much this mythology has influenced fantasy writing. ( )
2 vote shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anonymousprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saemund SigfussonAlleged authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dronke, UrsulaEditor and Translatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonsson, FinnurEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bellows, Henry AdamsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brate, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collinder, BjörnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Genzmer, FelixTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollander, Lee M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarzina, ThomasCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larrington, CarolyneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsson, CarlIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, EberhartCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyström, JennyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Otten, MarcelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sörling, OlofIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scardigli, PiergiuseppeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schier, KurtIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sigurdsson, GisliEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simrock, KarlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stange, Manfred.Herausgebersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Terry, PatriciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
von Rosen, GeorgIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, Jan deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zorn, AndersIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ongeveer vanaf het jaar870 werd Ijsland razendsnel gekoloniseerd.
INTRODUCTION [Larrington Translation] -- the old, one-eyed god Odin hands nine days and nights on the windswept ash-tree Yggdrasill, sacrificing himself to himself; the red-bearded Thor swings his powerful hammer against the giant enemy; the ravening wolf Fenrir leaps forward to seize the Father of the Gods in his slavering jaws, the terrible passion of Brynhild for the dragon-slayer Sigurd culminates in her implacable demand for his murder -- all these famous scenes from Old Norse myth and legend are found in their oldest and most original form in the Poetic Edda.
The Seeress's Prophecy (Voluspa), composed mainly in the fornyrdislag metre, is recited by a seeress who can remember before the beginning of the world and who can see as far ahead as after Ragnarok - the Doom of the Gods.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0292764995, Paperback)

The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.

Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized. This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says "may well grace anyone's bookshelf."

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