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The Poetic Edda by Edda Saemundar

The Poetic Edda (edition 1986)

by Edda Saemundar

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Title:The Poetic Edda
Authors:Edda Saemundar
Info:University of Texas Press (1986), 2nd Revisd, Paperback
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Tags:Icelandic literature, poetry, saga

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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 by Lee M. Hollander (Rowntree)
    Rowntree: An interesting examination of skaldic verse forms.
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    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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Viking/Scandinavian heroes written by someone in Iceland around 950 AD. Brutal people who ruled the Baltic and North Atlantic. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 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. ( )
1 vote shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
If you are at all interested in Asatru or Heathenry, then this book is a must-read. Hollander's translation is a pretty good start if you can't read it in the original language. ( )
  laeviss | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is a selection of old Norse mythological and heroic poetry. Most of these poems are only known from a single manuscript written in the 1270s and given to the Danish king by an Icelandic bishop in 1643. Among other subjects, it includes the same material as The Saga of the Volsungs, with some gaps in the story and some parts duplicated in different poems. Very enjoyable once I got into it. ( )
1 vote isabelx | Jan 2, 2011 |
I Den eldre Edda blir dei norrøne gudane og heltane skildra i knappe og ofte gåtefulle vers. Mellom dei mest kjende gudekvada finn vi Håvamål, Voluspå, Skirnesmål, Balders draumar og Trymskvida. I kjempekvada får vi høyre om Nivlungane og Sigurd Fåvnesbane. Den yngre Edda vart skriven kring 1220, og Snorre har gjort levande mytar og namn som Odin, Tor, Midgardsormen, Brage, Frøya, Ragnarok og Helheim. © DnBB AS
  Studia | Oct 17, 2008 |
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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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"The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed. These tales from the pagan era have proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings." "This new translation by Jesse Byock captures the strength and subtlety of the original, while his introduction sets the tales fully in the context of Norse mythology. This edition also includes detailed notes and appendices."--p. 4 of cover.… (more)

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