The Poetic Edda Volume II: Mythological Poems

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

byUrsula Dronke

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This volume presents a wholly new edition of five of the most brilliant and celebrated poems of the Poetic Edda: 'The Sibyl's Prophecy', 'The Rigmarole of Rigr', 'Wayland's Poem', 'Skirnir's Lay', and 'Loki's Quarrel'. New textual readings and interpretations are established. New light is shedon the Franks Casket and on King Alfred's interest in Wayland; new links are found between the Viking and Christian worlds. A close translation accompanies the text to give the non-specialist reader a transparent and rhythmic sense of the original. For each poem the sequence of ideas is traced inthe introduction and the interpretation substantiated by a detailed commentary. Much consideration is given to the themes of the poems and the ancient ideas in which they are rooted: analogues come from many sources - Irish, Anglo-Saxon, Sanskrit, African, and Finnish. The excellence and variety ofthe poems give a rare insight into the genius of oral poets of the Viking age.

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This volume presents a wholly new edition of five of the most brilliant and celebrated poems of the Poetic Edda: 'The Sibyl's Prophecy', 'The Rigmarole of Rigr', 'Wayland's Poem', 'Skirnir's Lay', and 'Loki's Quarrel'. New textual readings and interpretations are established. New light is shedon the Franks Casket and on King Alfred's i...

Ursula Dronke is at Linacre College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:458 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.22 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198111819

ISBN - 13:9780198111818

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsThe ManuscriptsThe Printed TextAbbreviationsVoluspaRigspulaVolundarkvidaLokasennaSkirnismal[all five poems divided into Contents, Text and Translation, Introduction, Commentary on the Text; Voluspa also featuring an Appendix: Baldrs Draumar Text, Translation, and Commentary; Volundarkvida also featuring an Index of Personal Names]Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

`For lovers of the Poetic Edda, this volume will be a prized possession, enabling scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike to enter with ease into the daunting world of mythological poems... this is an edition of great power and potential influence... from now on it is likely that mostEnglish-speaking readers of the Poetic Edda will wish to take Edda II for their authoritative of Voluspa and the other poems.'Richard North, Saga-Book