The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology

The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology

Paperback

By (author) Snorri Sturluson, Translated by Jean I. Young

$18.68
List price $23.35
You save $4.67 20% off

Free delivery worldwide
Available
Dispatched in 4 business days
When will my order arrive?

  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 134 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 10mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 19 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520273052
  • ISBN 13: 9780520273054
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,124,011

Product description

"Prose Edda" is a work without predecessor or parallel. It was designed as a handbook for poets to compose in the style of the skalds of the Viking ages. It is an exposition of the rule of poetic diction with many examples, applications, and retellings of myths and legends. Snorri Sturluson feared that the traditional techniques of Norse poetics, the pagan kennings, and the allusions to mythology would be forgotten with the introduction of new verse forms from Europe. The present selection includes the whole of Gylfaginning ("The deluding of Gylfi") - a guide to mythology that forms one of the great storybooks of the Middle Ages - and the longer heroic tales and legends of "Skaldskaparmal" (Poetic diction). Snorri Sturluson was a master storyteller, and this translation in modern idiom of the inimitable tales of the gods and heroes of the Scandinavian peoples brings them to life again.

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11
Categories:

Author information

Iceland's most versatile literary genius, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) wrote about poetry, mythology, and the lives of Norse kings. His books include Heimskringla Saga, Egil's Saga, and Saint Olaf's Saga, . He was born in western Iceland, the son of a great chieftain. Early in his career, he won a reputation at home and in Norway for his poetic talents.