Poems of the Elder Edda

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 ...

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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081229159X

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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.

The Poetic Edda

Since the rediscovery of the Poetic Edda in the seventeenth century, its poetry has fascinated artists as diverse as Thomas Gray, Richard Wagner, and Jorge Luis Borges.This is the first complete translation to be published in Britain for ...

Author: Carolyne Larrington

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839466

Category: Fiction

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Young were the years when Ymir made his settlement,there was no sand nor sea nor cool waves;earth was nowhere nor the sky above,chaos yawned, grass was there nowhere.The sun turns black, earth sinks into the sea,the bright stars vanish from the sky;steam rises up in the conflagration,a high flame plays against heaven itself.Seeress's Prophecy 3, 57The collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda contains the great narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. The mythological poems explore the wisdom of the gods and giants, narrating the adventures of thegod Thor against the hostile giants and the gods' rivalries amongst themselves. The heroic poems trace the exploits of the hero Helgi and his valkyrie bride, the tragic tale of Sigurd and Brynhild's doomed love, and the terrible drama of Sigurd's widow Gudrun and her children.Many of the poems predate the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, allowing us to glimpse the pagan beliefs of the North. Since the rediscovery of the Poetic Edda in the seventeenth century, its poetry has fascinated artists as diverse as Thomas Gray, Richard Wagner, and Jorge Luis Borges.This is the first complete translation to be published in Britain for fifty years, and it includes a scholarly introduction, notes, a genealogy of the gods and giants, and an index of names.

The Elder Edda

The fifth poem, För Skírnis ('Skírnir's journey'), again concerns a dialogue
between inhabitants of different worlds: Skírnir, the servant of the god Frey, and
the giantess Gerd. Five of the next six poems feature the giant-slaying thunder-
god Thor, ...

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Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141393734

Category: Poetry

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Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, The Elder Edda is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 'So the company of men led a careless life, All was well with them: until One began To encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit...' J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.

The Elder Edda and Ancient Scandinavian Drama

Originally published in 1920, this book provides a theory of the dramatic origin of the older Eddic poems.

Author: Bertha S. Phillpotts

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107694841

Category: 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.

The Elder Edda and Ancient Scandinavian Drama

CHAPTER II THE EDDA POEMS THE greater part of the poems of the Elder Edda
are preserved only in the fine Icelandic Codex Regius , now in the Royal Library
of Copenhagen . This manuscript has suffered violence , a sheet of eight leaves ...

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The Poetic Edda a Book That Inspired Tolkien

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.

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Publisher: Leaves of Gold Press

ISBN: 9781925110043

Category: Fiction

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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.

The Poetic Edda

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 ...

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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.

Handbook of Norse Mythology

Although several attempts have been made to translate the Poetic Edda, none
has been fully successfully, primarily because of the ... Patricia Terry, Poems of
the Vikings: The Elder Edda (Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill [1969]), also suffers ...

Author: John Lindow

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576072177

Category: Reference

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Describes the themes, characters, rituals, and beliefs of Norse mythology.

The Poetic Edda Mythological poems

Fragments of the Elder and Younger Edda . AM 748 I and II 4 " , ed . E. Wessén .
Corpus Codicum Islandicorum , 17. Copenhagen , 1945. Leaves 1-6 , containing
the Eddic poems , ed . with transcription by Finnur Jónsson , Håndskriftet nr .

Author: Ursula Dronke

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

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Category: Literary Criticism

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This volume presents a wholly new edition of five of the most brilliant and celebrated poems of the Poetic Edda: 'The Sibyl's Prophecy', 'The Rigmarole of Rigr', 'Wayland's Poem', 'Skirnir's Lay', and 'Loki's Quarrel'. New textual readings and interpretations are established. New light is shedon the Franks Casket and on King Alfred's interest in Wayland; new links are found between the Viking and Christian worlds. A close translation accompanies the text to give the non-specialist reader a transparent and rhythmic sense of the original. For each poem the sequence of ideas is traced inthe introduction and the interpretation substantiated by a detailed commentary. Much consideration is given to the themes of the poems and the ancient ideas in which they are rooted: analogues come from many sources - Irish, Anglo-Saxon, Sanskrit, African, and Finnish. The excellence and variety ofthe poems give a rare insight into the genius of oral poets of the Viking age.

Medi val history

The Scandinavian religion is described in the two Eddas. The elder, or poetic
Edda, consists of thirty-seven poems, first collected and published at the close of
the eleventh century. The younger, or prose Edda, is ascribed to the renowned ...

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Progress

He was too great a man to be ambitious ; he did The poems of the Elder Edda
show us what the not despise the influence of ... The theme of Wagner ' s the
poem of Homer itself , which can compare in beautiful opera runs as follows : all
the ...

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Norse Mythology

Or, The Religion of Our Forefathers, Containing All the Myths of the Eddas,
Systematized and Interpreted ; with an Introduction, ... The poems of the Elder
Edda are in no special connection one with the other , and they may be divided
into three ...

Author: Rasmus Bjørn Anderson

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Norse Mythology

The poems of the Elder Edda are in no special connection one with the other,
and they may be divided into three classes: purely mythological, mythological-
didactic, and mythological-historical poems. The Elder Edda presents the Norse ...

Author: Rasmus Björn Anderson

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Category: Mythology, Norse

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The Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage.

Author: Lee M. Hollander

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292764995

Category: 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."

The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson

ELDER. EDDAS. OF. SAEMUND. PREFACE. Sæmund, son of Sigfus, the
reputed collector of the poems bearing his name, which is sometimes also called
the Elder, and the Poetic, Edda, was of a highly distinguished family, being
descended ...

Author: Snorri Sturluson

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ISBN: 3847201271

Category: Fiction

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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

Ten Great Religions An essay in comparative theology

The religion of the Scandinavians is contained in the Eddas , which are two , --
the poetic , or elder Edda , consisting of thirty - seven poems , first collected and
published at the end of the eleventh century ; and the younger , or prose Edda ...

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Ten Great Religions

The religion of the Scandinavians is contained in the Eddas , which are two , —
the poetic , or elder Edda , consisting of thirty - seven poems , first collected and
published at the end of the eleventh century ; and the younger , or prose Edda ...

Author: James Freeman Clarke

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Ten Great Religions An essay in comparative theology 33d ed pt II A comparison of all religions 16th ed

The religion of the Scandinavians is contained in the Eddas , which are two , —
the poetic , or elder Edda , consisting of thirty - seven poems , first collected and
published at the end of the eleventh century ; and the younger , or prose Edda ...

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Ten Great Religions An essay in comparative theology 1880 c1871

The religion of the Scandinavians is contained in the Eddas , which are two , —
the poetic , or elder Edda , consisting of thirty - seven poems , first collected and
published at the end of the eleventh century ; and the younger , or prose Edda ...

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An essay in comparative religion

The religion of the Scandinavians is contained in the Eddas , which are two , - the
poetic , or elder Edda , consisting of thirty - seven poems , first collected and
published at the end of the eleventh century ; and the younger , or prose Edda ...

Author: James Freeman Clarke

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