Edda

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But the king's heart swells, bulging with courage in battle, where heroes sink down...

Over a period of twenty years Snorri Sturluson, scholar, courtier and poet, compiled the prose Edda as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings. His work surveys the content, style and metres of traditional Viking poetry and includes a lengthy poem of Snorrie's own, praising the king of Norway. Ironically, Snorri was killed in his own cellar in ...

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Overview

But the king's heart swells, bulging with courage in battle, where heroes sink down...

Over a period of twenty years Snorri Sturluson, scholar, courtier and poet, compiled the prose Edda as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings. His work surveys the content, style and metres of traditional Viking poetry and includes a lengthy poem of Snorrie's own, praising the king of Norway. Ironically, Snorri was killed in his own cellar in Iceland in 1241 on the instigation of the king of Norway, as a result of political intrigue.

The Edda contains the most extensive account of Norse myths and legends that has survived from the Middle Ages as well as the popular stories of Odin winning back the mead of poetic inspiration and Thor fishing for the Midgard serpent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619491540
  • Publisher: Empire Books
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 983,492
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Highly Advised

    This is a humorous telling of tales by the scholar Snorri Sturluson a thirteenth century historian of Iceland. Here he gives one of the fullest accounts of Norse Mythology known to scholars as well as a slight digression on poetry... Filled with subtle humour and Norse gods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    wonderfull

    This is a wonderful resource book. I have read it many times

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