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Elder Edda, The : A Book of Viking Lore - Andy Orchard

Elder Edda, The

A Book of Viking Lore


Published: 13th May 2011
For Ages: 18+ years old
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'She stood by the standing-beam, summoned her strength:
her eyes blazed fire, she snorted venom, Brynhild, Budli's daughter'

Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, the single main manuscript of the Poetic Edda is one of the literary wonders of the medieval world and the greatest source of knowledge of Viking lore in existence. 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.

Andy Orchard's new translation faithfully conveys the spare, unadorned style of the original metre and language. The lightly glossed text is accompanied by four additional poems not in the original manuscript, a chronology, further reading, index of names, note on pronunciation, and an introduction discussing the poems in detail, the history of the Poetic Edda and its influence on writers from Tennyson to Tolkien.

Translated and edited with an introduction by ANDY ORCHARD

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Chronologyp. xi
Introductionp. xiv
Further Readingp. xxxvi
A Note on Spelling, Pronunciation and Translationp. xliii
The Elder Edda
The Mythological Poems of the Codex Regius
Völuspá: The prophecy of the seeressp. 5
Hávamál: The lay of the High Onep. 15
Vafthrúdnismál: The lay of Vafthrúdnirp. 40
Grímnismál: The lay of Grímnirp. 50
För Skírnis: Skírnir's journeyp. 59
Hárbardsliód: Grey-beard's poemp. 67
Hymiskvida: The song of Hymirp. 77
Lokasenna: Loki's home-truthsp. 83
Thrymskvida: The song of Thrymp. 97
Völundarkvida: The song of Völundp. 102
Alvíssmál: The lay of All-wisep. 108
The Heroic Poems of the Codex Regius
Helgakvida Hundingsbana in fyrri: The first song of Helgi, the slayer of Hundingp. 117
Helgakvida Hjörvardssonar: The song of Helgi Hjörvardssonp. 126
Helgakvida Hundingsbana önnur: The second song of Helgi, the slayer of Hundingp. 135
Frá dauda Sinfjötla: About Sinfjötli's deathp. 145
Grípisspá:Grípir's prophecyp. 146
Reginsmál: Regin's layp. 154
Fáfnismál: Fáfnir's layp. 160
Sigrdrifumál; Sigrdrífa's layp. 169
Brot af Sigurdarkvidu: A fragment of the song of Sigurdp. 176
Gudrútnarkvida in fyrsta: The first song of Gudrúnp. 179
Sigurdarkvida in skamma: The short song of Sigurdp. 183
Helreid Brynhildar: Brynhild's Hel-ridep. 193
Dráp Niflunga: The killing of the Niflungsp. 196
Gudrúnarkvida in forna: The ancient song of Gudrúnp. 196
Gudrúnarkvida in thridja: The third song of Gudrúnp. 203
Oddrúnargrátr: Oddrún's lamentp. 204
Atlakvida: Atli's songp. 209
Atlamál in groenlenzku: The Greenlandic lay of Atlip. 216
Gudrúnarhvöt: Gudrún's incitingp. 232
Hamdismál: Hamdir's layp. 236
Appendix Some Eddie Poems Not Contained in the Codex Regius
Rígsthula: Ríg's listp. 243
Baldrs draumar: Baldr's dreamsp. 250
Hyndluljód: Hyndla's poemp. 252
Grottasöngr: Grotti's chantingp. 259
Abbreviations of Texts in the Notes and Indexp. 264
Notesp. 266
Index of Namesp. 344
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ISBN: 9780140435856
ISBN-10: 0140435859
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 13th May 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1