The Prose Edda

The Prose Edda

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The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson

Translated by Rasmus B. Anderson LLD. The Younger Edda, also known as Snorre's Edda, or the Prose Edda, is a collection of Old Norse poems preserved by Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241).

The Prose Edda forms the basis of what the world knows as Norse mythology, and contains legends of the creation of the cosmos and the best-known stories of Odin, Thor, and the other gods.

The Prose Edda was originally referred to as simply the Edda, but was later called the Prose Edda to distinguish it from the Poetic Edda, a collection of anonymous poetry from earlier traditional sources compiled around the same time.

This version contains an English version of the Foreword; the Fooling of Gylfe, the Afterword; Brage's talk, the Afterword to Brage's Talk, and the Important Passages in the Poetical Diction (Skáldskaparmál). It also includes an introduction, a full set of explanatory notes, a vocabulary list, and an index.

The Prologue is a euhemerized Christian account of the origins of Nordic mythology: the Nordic gods are described as human Trojan warriors who left Troy after the fall of that city and who settled in northern Europe, where they were accepted as divine kings because of their superior culture and technology.

The Fooling of Gylfe tells of the creation and destruction of the Nordic gods' world, and deals with many other aspects of Norse mythology.

The Skáldskaparmál consists of a dialogue between Ægir, a god associated with the sea, and Bragi, a skaldic god, in which both Nordic mythology and discourse on the nature of poetry are intertwined.

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ISBN-13: 9781497424180
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/22/2014
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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Prose Edda 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift after I expressed an interest in finding out more about Norse Mythology since I found out that I have some Scandinavian ancestors and I found it very interesting. I did struggle with the names a little bit so it did not make for a smooth read but I can clearly see how Tolkien and others were influence by it. A wonderful addition to my home library and something I will always cherish.
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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.