The Poetic Eddaby Snorri Sturluson
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This translation of the Poetic Eddas is highly readable. They are also a primary source for our knowledge of ancient Norse paganism. The poems are great tragic literature, with vivid descriptions of the emotional states of the protagonists, Gods and heroes alike. Women play a prominent role in the Eddic age, and many of them are delineated as skilled warriors. The impact of these sagas from a sparsely inhabited rocky island in the middle of the Atlantic on world culture is wide-ranging. Wagners' operas are largely based on incidents from the Edda, via the Niebelungenlied. J.R.R. Tolkien also plundered the Eddas for atmosphere, plot material and the names of many characters in the Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings.
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This translation is hands down very good and the notes are invaluable but the e-book format used for the Nook makes it very painful to read. The page breaks are wrong causing the stanzas to run into notes and the formatting itself also destroys the visual aspect of reading those same stanzas destroying a lot of the effort put into this work originally.
This volume is good if you have never read the Poetic Edda before, but for a smooth reading it is difficult as the notes are right in the middle of the text so it explains things as you are reading the verses.