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… See more details below

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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:
9780192839466
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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