Stories from the Classic Literature of Many Nations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...stories are found in the sagas,--the word saga meaning tale. Stories in verse are in the eddic or skaldic form; and of these two forms the eddic is the simpler and stronger. The sagas are hero-legends that usually begin with the hero's ancestors and often end only with his descendants,--long stories of struggle and adventure. There are very many of these sagas, which unknown authors wrote, probably during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The Volsunga Saga gives the history of the Volsungs and the Nibelungs, two hostile races of the north. Its hero is Sigurd the Volsung, the same as Siegfried of the " Nibelungenlied," who is the son of the mighty Sigmund. Another of these tales is Fridthjof 's Saga, of early Norwegian origin. Fridthjof, the hero, is a man of craft and wisdom. Edda--a word by some thought to mean poetry, by others mind oi soul--is the name given to two entirely separate Norse works. The Prose Edda, from which the "Death of Balder" is taken, is called also Snorri's Edda, from its supposed author, Snorri Sturluson, and The Younger Edda, to distinguish it from an earlier work. Snorri lived in the last part of the twelfth and first part of the thirteenth centuries. His edda is a collection of old stories and of some poems, too, for the use of the "skalds," or poets, of the early times. In these stories are accounts of the ancient heroes and gods, among whom is the beautiful god of light, Balder, whose death grieves all. The Elder, or Poetic Edda, is known also as The Edda of Saemund the Learned, from its supposed author in the twelfth century. Like Snorri's Edda, it is a collection of ancient legends of gods and men'. One of these legends is about Thor, the god of thunder, champion of gods and friend of men, who is a being of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...stories are found in the sagas,--the word saga meaning tale. Stories in verse are in the eddic or skaldic form; and of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021732326X

ISBN - 13:9780217323260

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