The Prose Edda: Tales From Norse Mythology

Paperback | January 31, 2006

bySnorri Sturluson, Jesse L. ByockTranslated byJesse L. Byock

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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.

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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 bat...

Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241) was the son of an upstart Icelandic chieftain. He rose to become Iceland’s richest and, for a time, most powerful leader.Jesse Byock is a professor of Icelandic and Old Norse studies at UCLA. He is the translator of The Saga of the Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki for Penguin Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:January 31, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140447555

ISBN - 13:9780140447552

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting but weird stories This book contains a lot of really weird stories (well, it's Norse mythology, so what else did I expect?), it was fun nonetheless. It does get a bit heavy and slow at some point. Not to mention the many terms that are impossible to read/pronounce, let alone memorise. It's definitely worth a reread.
Date published: 2016-11-12