The Prose Edda

The Prose Edda : Tales from Norse Mythology

4.16 (7,661 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Gods and giants bestride these ancient tales, in which warrior queens and noble heroes battle with elves, dwarves, and fearsome monsters. Spanning the dawn of the world's creation to its fiery destruction, these gripping Norse legends chronicle the triumphs and tragedies of a lost era. Resounding with a poetic instinct for the picturesque, the dramatic, and the human, they form vivid portraits of the characters' personalities. They also depict the comic and disastrous results of ambition, passion, and destiny. The wellspring of modern knowledge of Norse mythology, these sagas preserved the Vikings' narrative style from an invading European influence. Iceland's great literary genius, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241), combined oral traditions, genealogical records, and old songs to immortalize his country's glorious past. Edda means "poetic art," and Sturluson's guidebook for Icelandic poets has been a timeless inspiration for generations of writers around the world, including Wagner, Borges, and Tolkien.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 132.1 x 208.3 x 17.8mm | 226.8g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0
  • 0486451518
  • 9780486451510
  • 68,645

Rating details

7,661 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 41% (3,110)
4 39% (2,961)
3 18% (1,359)
2 3% (196)
1 0% (35)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X