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The Poetic Edda

Author : Paul Acker
ISBN : 0815316607
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This unique collection of essays applies significant critical approaches to the mythological poetry of the Poetic Edda, a principal source for Old Norse cosmography and the legends of Odin, Loki, and Thor. The volume also provides very useful introductions that sketch the critical history of the Eddas. By applying new theoretical approaches (feminist, structuralist, post-structuralist) to each of the major poems, this book yields a variety of powerful and convincing readings. Contributors to the collection are both young scholars and senior figures in the discipline, and are of varying nationalities (American, British, Australian, Scandinavian, and Icelandic), thus ensuring a range of interpretations from different corners of the scholarly community. The new translations included here make available for the first time to English-speaking students the intriguing methodologies that are currently developing in Scandinavia. An essential collection of scholarship for any Old Norse course, The Poetic Edda will also be of interest to scholars of Indo-European myth, as well as those who study the theory of myth.
Category: Literary Criticism

Poems Of The Elder Edda

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ISBN : 9780812291599
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The great poetic tradition of pre-Christian Scandinavia is known to us almost exclusively though the Poetic Edda. The poems originated in Iceland, Norway, and Greenland between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, when they were compiled in a unique manuscript known as the Codex Regius. The poems are primarily lyrical rather than narrative. Terry's readable translation includes the magnificent cosmological poem Völuspá ("The Sibyl's Prophecy"), didactic poems concerned with mythology and the everyday conduct of life, and heroic poems, of which an important group is concerned with the story of Sigurd and Brynhild. Poems of the Elder Edda will appeal to students of Old Norse, Icelandic, and Medieval literature, as well as to general readers of poetry.
Category: Literary Collections

The Poetic Edda

Author : Anonymous
ISBN : 1420937707
Genre : Fiction
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First passed down orally through innumerable generations of minstrels before the presence of Christianity in Scandinavia, and written down eventually by unknown poets, "The Poetic Edda" is a collection of mythological and heroic Old Norse poems. It was preserved for hundreds of years in the medieval Codex Regius of Iceland. This body of poetry contains narratives on creation, the Doom of the Gods, the adventures of Thor and hostile giants, and many tales of love, family, heroes, and tragedy. Rediscovered in the seventeenth century and immediately celebrated for its broad portrait of northern pagan beliefs, "The Poetic Edda" is the most important source of Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends in existence today. It is a fascinating collection of poems that has stirred the imagination of artists such as Richard Wagner and Thomas Gray, and it will continue to inspire as it stands as a valuable and informative historical document and an entertaining set of stories of Norse mythology.
Category: Fiction

The Elder Edda And Ancient Scandinavian Drama

Author : Bertha S. Phillpotts
ISBN : 9781107694842
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Originally published in 1920, this book provides a theory of the dramatic origin of the older Eddic poems. Whilst the Eddic collection in general can be seen to contain a variety of unrelated elements, there is an essential unity to the older poems on native subjects. This can be seen in their special metre, their dialogic or monologic form, bearing traces of improvisation by one or more speakers, their stage directions, their stock scenes, their taste for disguised or theriomorphic characters, and their fixed traditional plots. In analysing this unity, the text brings forth observations on the relationship between the poems and the socio-cultural context in which they were written. This is a highly informative volume that will be of value to anyone with an interest in Old Norse literature and literary criticism.
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The Poetic Edda The Prose Edda

Author : Saemund Sigfusson
ISBN : EAN:4057664175151
Genre : Fiction
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Musaicum Books presents to you a meticulously edited collection of Norse Mythology and Literature. This ebook has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Content: The Elder Eddas of Saemund Völuspâ. The Vala's Prophecy The Lay Of Vafthrudnir The Lay Of Grimnir The Lay Of Vegtam, Or Baldr's Dreams The High One's Lay Odin's Rune-song The Lay Of Hymir The Lay Of Thrym, Or The Hammer Recovered The Lay Of The Dwarf Alvis The Lay Of Harbard The Journey Or Lay Of Skirnir The Lay Of Rig Oegir's Compotation, Or Loki's Altercation The Lay Of Fiolsvith The Lay Of Hyndla The Incantation Of Groa The Song Of The Sun Sinfiotli's End The First Lay Of Sigurd Fafnicide, Or Gripir's Prophecy The Second Lay Of Sigurd Fafnicide The Lay Of Fafnir The Lay Of Sigrdrifa Fragments Of The Lay Of Sigurd And Brynhild The Third Lay Of Sigurd Fafnicide Fragments Of The Lay Of Brynhild The First Lay Of Gudrun Brynhild's Hel-ride The Slaughter Of The Niflungs The Second Lay Of Gudrun The Third Lay Of Gudrun Oddrun's Lament The Lay Of Atli The Groenland Lay Of Atli Gudrun's Incitement The Lay Of Hamdir The Younger Eddas of Sturleson The Deluding Of Gylfi Gylfi's Journey To Asgard Of The Supreme Deity Of The Primordial State Of The Universe Of Night And Day Of The Sun And Moon Of The Way That Leads To Heaven The Golden Age Origin Of The Dwarfs Of The Ash Yggdrasill, Mimir's Well., And The Norns Or Destinies Of The Various Celestial Regions Of The Wind And The Seasons Of Odin Of Thor Of Baldur Of Njord Of The God Frey, And The Goddess Freyja Of Tyr Of The Other Gods Hodur The Blind, Assassin Of Baldur Of Loki And His Progeny Of Ragnarok, Or The Twilight Of The Gods, And The Conflagration Of The Universe
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The Poetic Edda A Book That Inspired Tolkien

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ISBN : 1925110044
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THE POETIC EDDA - With Original Illustrations. A BOOK THAT INSPIRED TOLKIEN. Also contains the original Old Norse text, side by side with English translations. The Poetic Edda, also known as The Elder Edda, is a collection of thirty-four Icelandic poems, interwoven with prose, dating from the 9th century to the 12th. Professor J. R. R. Tolkien readily acknowledged his debt to this source. He was sixteen years old when the Viking Club of London published this beautifully illustrated translation by Olive Bray. Readers of Tolkien's work will easily spot his inspirations - the names of the dwarves in The Hobbit; riddle games; Mirkwood; the Paths of the Dead; an underworld creature being tricked into remaining above-ground until dawn, when sunlight turns him to stone; different races calling a single thing by various names, and more. The language is archaic, so for 21st century readers a glossary is provided at the back of this book, as well as an index of names to help identify all the characters. Bray's lengthy introduction has also been revised for modern readers, and some footnote citations omitted; all else remains as it was in Tolkien's time.Remarkably in Bray's edition, the original Icelandic text was included. This would have appealed to Tolkien, as a philologist. He must have relished comparing the English words with the Icelandic, page by page. Illustrator W. G. Collingwood was an English author, artist, antiquary and professor. In 1897 he travelled to Iceland where he spent three months exploring the actual sites that are the settings for the medieval Icelandic sagas. He produced a large number of sketches and watercolours during this time and published an illustrated account of his expedition in 1899. His study of Norse and Anglican archaeology made him widely recognized as a leading authority, and his Art Nouveau-style illustrations for the Bray edition are rich with symbolism. The Poetic Edda, the most important existing source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends, is part of the literature that influenced Tolkien's inner world, informing the creation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
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The Poetic Edda

Author : Lee M. Hollander
ISBN : 9780292764996
Genre : Poetry
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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 Elder Edda Of Saemund Sigfusson

Author : Benjamin Thorpe
ISBN : 0344160858
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.