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The Prose Edda : Penguin Classics - Snorri Sturluson

The Prose Edda

Penguin Classics


Published: 30th September 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland, a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed. These tales from the pagan era have proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

This new translation by Jesse Byock captures the strength and subtlety of the original, while his introduction sets the tales fully in the context of Norse mythology. This edition includes detailed notes and appendices.

About the Author

Snorri Sturlson (1179-1241) was an Icelandic descendant of the poet and hero from Egil's Saga, Egill Skallgrimsson. He was the best-known writer of the saga, author of the PROSE EDDA, which was written as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings, and HEIMSKRINGLA, a history of the kings of Norway, the most important prose collection in Old Norse literature.



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    Map : the geographical world of the Edda
    The prose Eddap. 1
    Gylfaginning (the deluding of Gylfi)p. 9
    Skaldskaparmal (poetic diction)p. 80
    Mythic and legendary tales poetic references from Skaldskaparmalp. 108
    The Norse cosmos and the world treep. 119
    The language of the Skalds : Kennings and Heitip. 123
    Eddic poems used as sources in Gylfaginningp. 127
    Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780140447552
    ISBN-10: 0140447555
    Series: Penguin Classics
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 224
    Published: 30th September 2005
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.4
    Weight (kg): 0.17
    Edition Number: 1