The Poetic Edda

Paperback | January 1, 1986

Translated byLee M. Hollander

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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 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...

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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...

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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...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:375 pages, 8.98 × 5.89 × 1.03 inPublished:January 1, 1986Publisher:University of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292764995

ISBN - 13:9780292764996

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Table of Contents

General IntroductionThe Prophecy of the Seeress: VoluspáThe Sayings of Hár: HávamálThe Lay of Vafthrúthnir: Vafthrúthnismál The Lay of Grímnir: GrímnismálThe Lay of Skírnir: Skírnismál The Lay of Hárbarth: HárbarzljóthThe Lay of Hymir: HymiskvithaThe Flyting of Loki: LokasennaThe Lay of Thrym: ThrymskvithaThe Lay of Alviís: AlvíssmálBaldr's Dreams: Baldrs draumarThe Lay of Ríg: RígsthulaThe Lay of Hyndla: HyndluljóthThe Short Seeress' Prophecy: Voluspá hin skammaThe Lay of Svipdag: Svipdagsmál . The Spell of Gróa: Grógaldr The Lay of Fjolsvith: FjolsvinnsmálThe Lay of Grotti: GrottasongrThe Lay of Volund: VolundarkvithaThe Helgi Lays The Lay of Helgi Hjorvarthsson: Helgakvitha Hjorvarthssonar The First Lay of Helgi the Hunding-Slayer: Helgakvitha Hundingsbana I The Second Lay of Helgi the Hunding-Slayer: Helgakvitha Hundingsbana IISinfjotli's Death: Frá dautha Sinfjotla The Prophecy of Grípir: GrípisspáThe Lay of Regin: Reginsmál The Lay of Fáfnir: FáfnismálThe Lay of Sigrdrífa: SigrdrífumálThe Great LacunaFragment of a Sigurth Lay: Brot of SigurtharkvithuThe First Lay of Guthrún: Guthrúnarkvitha IThe Short Lay of Sigurth: Sigurtharkvitha hin skammaBrynhild's Ride to Hel: Helreith BrynhildarThe Fall of the Niflungs: Dráp NiflungaThe Second (or Old) Lay of Guthrun: Guthrúnarkvitha II (hin forna)The Third Lay of Guthrun: Guthrúnarkvitha IIIThe Plaint of Oddrún: Oddrúnargrátr The Lay of Atli: Atlakvitha .The Greenlandish Lay of Atli: Atlamál hin groenlenzkuGuthrun's Lament: GuthrúnarhvatThe Lay of Hamthir: Hamthismál (hin fornu)The Catalogue of Dwarfs: (Dvergatal)Guide to Pronunciation Glossary Selected BibliographyIndex and List of Names

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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.