The Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda


The Poetic Edda contains a treasure trove of mythic and religious verse keeping an incredible position in Nordic tradition, literature, and history. Its stories of strife and loss of life shape a repository, in poetic shape, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying either the moral perspectives and the cultural lifetime of the North throughout the past due heathen and early Christian times.

Collected by way of an unidentified Icelander, most likely in the course of the 12th or 13th century, The Poetic Edda used to be rediscovered in Iceland within the 17th century through Danish students. Even then its worth as poetry, as a resource of historic details, and as a set of unique tales used to be well-known. This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse styles, the rhythm, the temper, and the honor of the unique in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says "may good grace anyone's bookshelf."

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