The Prose Edda
Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own... show more
Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the Old Icelandic original. First time in Penguin Classics Includes an introduction; explanatory notes; glossary; appendices on the Norse cosmos, language, and sources, a map; genealogical tables; suggestions for further reading
Publish date: January 31st 2006
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 180
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Scandinavian Literature
Fascinating read for Norse Mythology.
Lovely, though I suspect the original compiler of some of these stories had a bit too much mead to drink when he told the stories.
AcknowledgementsIntroduction & NotesFurther ReadingNote on the TranslationMap: The Geographical World of the 'Edda'The Prose Edda--Prologue--Gylfaginning (The Deluding of Gylfi)Skaldskaparmal (Poetic Diction)--Mythic and Legendary Tales--Poetic References from Skaldskaparmal (Translated by Russell P...
The Edda is a collection of Norse myths, written in the 13th century by a dude named Snorri. It's where we got most of our knowledge of Norse mythology today, and it's wicked awesome. I learned, for instance, that your legs may hump each other and produce a child while you're asleep, which is some...