The Poetic Edda
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The Poetic Edda

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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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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 726g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0292764995
  • 9780292764996
  • 82,666

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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.
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Table of contents

General Introduction The Prophecy of the Seeress: Voluspa The Sayings of Har: Havamal The Lay of Vafthruthnir: Vafthruthnismal The Lay of Grimnir: Grimnismal The Lay of Skirnir: Skirnismal The Lay of Harbarth: Harbarzljoth The Lay of Hymir: Hymiskvitha The Flyting of Loki: Lokasenna The Lay of Thrym: Thrymskvitha The Lay of Alviis: Alvissmal Baldr's Dreams: Baldrs draumar The Lay of Rig: Rigsthula The Lay of Hyndla: Hyndluljoth The Short Seeress' Prophecy: Voluspa hin skamma The Lay of Svipdag: Svipdagsmal . The Spell of Groa: Grogaldr The Lay of Fjolsvith: Fjolsvinnsmal The Lay of Grotti: Grottasongr The Lay of Volund: Volundarkvitha The 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 II Sinfjotli's Death: Fra dautha Sinfjotla The Prophecy of Gripir: Gripisspa The Lay of Regin: Reginsmal The Lay of Fafnir: Fafnismal The Lay of Sigrdrifa: Sigrdrifumal The Great Lacuna Fragment of a Sigurth Lay: Brot of Sigurtharkvithu The First Lay of Guthrun: Guthrunarkvitha I The Short Lay of Sigurth: Sigurtharkvitha hin skamma Brynhild's Ride to Hel: Helreith Brynhildar The Fall of the Niflungs: Drap Niflunga The Second (or Old) Lay of Guthrun: Guthrunarkvitha II (hin forna) The Third Lay of Guthrun: Guthrunarkvitha III The Plaint of Oddrun: Oddrunargratr The Lay of Atli: Atlakvitha . The Greenlandish Lay of Atli: Atlamal hin groenlenzku Guthrun's Lament: Guthrunarhvat The Lay of Hamthir: Hamthismal (hin fornu) The Catalogue of Dwarfs: (Dvergatal) Guide to Pronunciation Glossary Selected Bibliography Index and List of Names
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". . . the translation may indeed be regarded as the crowning achievement of a great scholar." * Scandinavian-American Bulletin *
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About Lee Milton Hollander

Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.
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