The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology / Edition 1

The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology / Edition 1

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by Snorri Sturluson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520234774

ISBN-13: 9780520234772

Pub. Date: 04/25/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral…  See more details below

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"The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed. These tales from the pagan era have proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings." This new translation by Jesse Byock captures the strength and subtlety of the original, while his introduction sets the tales fully in the context of Norse mythology. This edition also includes detailed notes and appendices.

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ISBN-13:
9780520234772
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/25/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
131
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Map : the geographical world of the Edda
The prose Edda1
Gylfaginning (the deluding of Gylfi)9
Skaldskaparmal (poetic diction)80
Mythic and legendary tales poetic references from Skaldskaparmal108
App. 1The Norse cosmos and the world tree119
App. 2The language of the Skalds : Kennings and Heiti123
App. 3Eddic poems used as sources in Gylfaginning127

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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.