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The Poetic Edda
     

The Poetic Edda

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by Carolyne Larrington
 

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The 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 Thor's adventures against the hostile giants and the gods' rivalries amongst themselves. The

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The 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 Thor's adventures 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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192823830
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/19/1997
Series:
World's Classics Series , #2
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.56(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.61(d)

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Carolyne Larrington has published widely on Old Norse myth, legends, and literature, inlcuding co-editing two volumes of essays on eddic poetry wiht Paul Acker. Her books include King Arthur's Enchantresses: Morgan and Her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition (IB Tauris, 2006) and Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children's Books (with Diane Purkiss, Bodleian Library, 2013).

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