The Prose Edda

The Prose Edda

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by Snorri Sturluson
     
 

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The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Icelandic poet and politican Snorri Sturlson.
The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know. The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri

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The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Icelandic poet and politican Snorri Sturlson.
The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know. The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri was a Christian, he treated the ancient Pagan mythology with great respect. To this end, Snorri created a quasi-historical backstory for the Norse Gods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149711666
Publisher:
Unforgotten Classics
Publication date:
07/19/2014
Series:
Unforgotten Classics , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
940,854
File size:
352 KB

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Prose Edda 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WARNING: The Nook version linked from this page is NOT the Penguin edition. It is a Dover edition of a 1916 translation!!!
Sarthuru More than 1 year ago
This is the version best for lay persons who want an authentic taste of Norse Mythology. The translation is clear and intriguing, and this particular version includes only the parts of the Edda that are easily understood and most relevant (It omits the complex treatise on skaldic poetry, for instance, but includes the entire Gylfaginning and the section on kennings).
Ruthven More than 1 year ago
This is one of the major sources to our knowledge of Norse Mythology. From the creation of the world, to the adventures of the God's and their heroes, to the twilight of the Gods, this book is an absolute must read. It is also a great tool for those interested in skaldic poetry.
stanssdottir More than 1 year ago
If you love Gandalf and things Elvish, this is a book for you. I read this and the Poetic Edda year ago after my first reading of the Trilogy. The Eddas are a challenge to read, but the hard work is worth it. You will have a deeper understanding of the Viking period and will recognize numerous myths. My daughter recently went to Iceland and is receiving this as a gift after she said the Prose Edda seemed to be so important to that country's history
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I think it is very very good and you would injoy it. It is mythology ficiton and would work perfectly for a mythology book report. Hope you have fun reading it! I know oyu will.