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The Poetic Edda

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    Passion, Brutality, and Glory

    Lee Hollander's translation of The Poetic Edda is a challenging, but enjoyable read. He gives priority to maintaining the original meter and alliteration, which may mean that his rendering is a bit more functional (thought-for-thought) than formal (word-for-word). Personally, I prefer this approach in translated ancient poetry as long as the translator isn't changing the intent/meaning of the original poet. It was written in a certain meter and/or alliteration and/or rhyme scheme and that is how I would like to read it!

    The meter and alliteration take some getting used to, and some of the words used in the translation are archaic, but it is well worth the effort. There is so much more passion, sorrow, and artistry in these eddic tellings than the plain prose versions.

    This old Norse poetry covers subject matter ranging from Norse cosmology to squabbles among the gods to the Volsung stories. I found some of the didactic poems tedious (I don't really care how many ways there are to say "sky" or what kind of things you can ward against with runes), though some did give interesting insight into Viking culture. The narrative lays in all their heroism, tragedy, and brutality more than made up for any tedious bits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Poetic but not as Accurate

    These translations are more poetic than accurate. Some people prefer accuracy over aesthetics, but these myths were meant to come to life with the fire of the allfather's word-mead. I highly recommend this edition to Asatruar and other heathen types.

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    Posted December 13, 2010

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