Andy Orchard is Professor of English and Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, and since 2007 Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College. He is the author of The Poetic Art of Aldhelm (1994), Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the 'Beowulf'-Manuscript (2nd edition 2003), The Cassell Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend (3rd edition 2002), and A Critical Companion to 'Beowulf' (2nd edition 2005), as well as editor and co-editor of several collections, scholarly journals and academic series.
The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Loreby Anonymous
Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these mythological and heroic poems tell of gods and mortals from an ancient era: the giant-slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hel-ride of Brynhild and the cruelty of Atli the Hun. Eclectic, incomplete and fragmented, these verses… See more details below
Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these mythological and heroic poems tell of gods and mortals from an ancient era: the giant-slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hel-ride of Brynhild and the cruelty of Atli the Hun. Eclectic, incomplete and fragmented, these verses nevertheless retain their stark beauty and their power to enthrall, opening a window on to the thoughts, beliefs and hopes of the Vikings and their world.
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For anyone looking to expand their knowledge and appreciation of Norse culture and folklore, this translation provides interesting and unique perspectives (each translation of the original text into English will differ with the author.) Full of inspiration, life lessons, and a cunning approach to understanding the thought of the time. Along these lines the book "Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton ( "the 13th warrior" in movie version) is also an excellent window to look though for a slice of life into old Norse culture and tradition in a time when science did not trump (life and/or nature) based spirituality from a laboratory, boats were tested in the seas, swords in battle, runic wisdom and ritual in survival. The Elder Edda is a source book of folklore, history, tradition, creation mythology derived from ancient texts.