The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems [NOOK Book]

Overview


The vibrant Old Norse poems in this 13th-century collection recapture the ancient oral traditions of the Norsemen. These mythological poems include the Voluspo, one of the broadest literary conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruction; the Lokasenna, a comedy bursting with vivid characterizations; and more.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.49
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$9.95 List Price

Overview


The vibrant Old Norse poems in this 13th-century collection recapture the ancient oral traditions of the Norsemen. These mythological poems include the Voluspo, one of the broadest literary conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruction; the Lokasenna, a comedy bursting with vivid characterizations; and more.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486139050
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 398,797
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

General Introduction xi
Lays of the Gods
Voluspo 1
Hovamol 28
Vafthruthnismol 68
Grimnismol 84
Skirnismol 107
Harbarthsljoth 121
Hymiskvitha 138
Lokasenna 151
Thrymskvitha 174
Alvissmol 183
Baldrs Draumar 195
Rigsthula 201
Hyndluljoth 217
Svipdagsmol 234
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Translation, Excellent Notes

    NOTE: This is not a good introduction to Norse Mythology. For that, buy Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, which, on account of it being prose, is much easier to understand (It's also a hilarious read). But of course, the only reason for reading that is so you can get to the real meaty mythology found here in all its glory.

    Bellows' translation is exceptional. Not only does he retain (somewhat) the original poetic form (which is alliterative), he also produces an easy-to-read, comprehensible translation. Unlike Hollander, this translation uses English words that you will on the whole know the meaning to, and thus there is no need to translate the translation. The only potential problem is Bellows' copious amount of notes, which threaten to overwhelm. However, in the end, they really are useful, and I am glad he chose to err on the side of too much rather than too little.

    As for the poems themselves: a few are in remarkably poor condition, but a few, which make the entire book worth it, are absolutely incredible. The Voluspo earns its place as first in the volume, given its majestic and unforgettable descriptions of cosmogony and ultimate destruction. In addition, the section of the Hovamol from stanza 139 gives me goosebumps every time I think about it... (buy the book to find out why). Several of the poems are actually quite funny (such as Lokasenna).

    ALSO: Ignore anyone who says the other volume of Bellow's translation is not available. Just scroll down the page a little more and you will see "The Poetic Edda: The Heroic Poems", which I am currently reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    An Excellent Collection!

    Here is a fine collection of Norse Poetry Told in a way the preserves the Viking persona. Tales of the Gods and valuable advice for the careful reader. Oh, that it were complete! the volume is only half of what it should be--an editorial error. For those seeking the true poems of the Gods here it is, told by the older scholarship not the new.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)