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The Poetic Edda By Anonymous Lee M. Hollander The Poetic Edda The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture literature and heritage Its tales of strife and death form a repository in poet

  • Title: The Poetic Edda
  • Author: Anonymous Lee M. Hollander
  • ISBN: 9780292764996
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Poetic Edda By Anonymous Lee M. Hollander The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.Collected bThe Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says may well grace anyone s bookshelf.
    The Poetic Edda By Anonymous Lee M. Hollander

    The Poetic Edda Hollander, Lee M The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times. The Poetic Edda Oxford World s Classics Larrington The Poetic Edda begins with The Seeress s Prophecy which recounts the creation of the world, and looks forward to its destruction and rebirth In this great collection of Norse Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry, the exploits of gods and humans are related The one eyed Odin, red bearded Thor, Loki the trickster, the lovely goddesses and The Poetic Edda Index Internet Sacred Text Archive The Poetic Eddas are the oral literature of Iceland, which were finally written down from to C.E The Eddas are a primary source for our knowledge of ancient Norse pagan beliefs This translation of the Poetic Eddas by Henry Adams Bellows is highly readable The poems are great tragic literature, with vivid descriptions of the emotional states of the protagonists, Gods The Poetic Edda by Unknown The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times. Poetic Edda Mythology wiki Fandom Edda Poetic Edda Wikisource, the free online library Jun , Also known as the Smundar Edda, or the Elder Edda, is a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript Codex Regius Along with Snorri Sturluson s Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends Codex Regius was written in the th century but The poetic Edda Bellows, Henry Adams, Free Feb , The poetic Edda by Bellows, Henry Adams, Publication date Publisher New York The American Scandinavian Foundation Collection robarts toronto Digitizing sponsor msn Contributor Robarts University of Toronto Language English Addeddate Call number AAT Camera Ds The Poetic Edda Index Internet Sacred Text Archive The Poetic Edda is not only of great interest to the student of antiquity it is a collection including some of the most remark able poems which have been preserved to us from the period before the pen and the printing press replaced the poet singer and oral tradition.

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    1. Wood Wroth on said:

      PLEASE NOTE Due to poor organization of translations on this website, I must note that this is a review of Andy Orchard s translation of the Poetic Edda , which he has titled The Elder Edda A Book of Viking Lore Being familiar with Andy Orchard s handbook on Norse mythology Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend , 1997 and finding it to be a nice middle ground between Rudolf Simek s deeply flawed handbook and the limited scope of John Lindow s own, it was with high hopes that I waited for Andy Orch [...]

    2. João Fernandes on said:

      What I love the most about Norse literature and mythology is that the gods are all incredibly for the lack of a better word, human They suffer, they lust, they love, and they even seem to be quite mortal as far as gods go.The Elder or Poetic Edda is a collection of poems found in an ancient manuscript in Iceland, the Codex Regius.The Elder Edda has a mythological section, with poems about the gods and the start and end of the world the famous Ragnarok , and a heroic section.I was surprised to fi [...]

    3. sologdin on said:

      famous for being one of the earliest plagiarisms of professor Tolkien s LotR.

    4. Mike on said:

      The introduction states that the Edda is a repository, in poetic form of mythology and heroic lore bodying forth both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times It is also, for the most part, boring as fuck It may be an interesting read if you are a fan of English before it got corrupted by all those French and Latin borrowings, or don t mind stopping several times a page to find out the meaning of an obscure or terribly archaic word or [...]

    5. John Snow on said:

      The Poetic Edda is not a book you read from beginning to end like a novel The Poetic Edda contains 35 poems, some of which are very complicated I usually read and study one or a few poems at a time, put the book aside, and then get back to it later But the times I read the poems, the I appreciate their poetic qualities and the glimpses they give into the deep mysteries and wisdom of Norse mythology.Together with The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, The Poetic Edda is the best medieval source fo [...]

    6. Roman Clodia on said:

      Then Brynhild laughed all the hall resounded just one time with all her heart Well may you enjoy the lands and followers now you ve brought the brave prince to his death Collected in the 13th century in the Codex Regius, the body of poetry here straddles Old Norse myth and heroic poetry from probably around the 10th century, a time when the pagan North was becoming Christianised The heroic verse is primarily from the complicated tales of Helgi, Sigurd, Gunnar and the valkyrie Sigrdrifa usually b [...]

    7. Briynne on said:

      It turns out that I have a real thing for Scandinavian literature Reading this and the sagas has made me a little obsessed with the idea of visiting Iceland It s hard for me to separate my thoughts on the eddas from my thoughts on the sagas and the most recent Sigrid Undset novel I m reading, but I m going to try to keep everything to it s proper review space Alright The Elder Edda or Poetic Edda is the written version of the oral tradition base material from which the later Younger Prose Edda w [...]

    8. Cymru Roberts on said:

      The gods of antiquity are our super heroes of today Marvel has transformed most of the Norse gods into comic book characters, for better or for worse I don t know I am inspired by the tales of glorious gods and I was interested in any overlap that may occur between the Norse and Greek pantheons This text met and exceeded my expectations, but contained many lays that would only appeal to a completist or college level student of Norse mythology.The lays are epic in scope, encompassing the beginnin [...]

    9. Kiwi Begs2Differ✎ on said:

      I thought I would enjoy this than I actually did Luckily, I already knew about the legends in Norse mythology or I would have given up, I definitely prefer prose to poetry.

    10. Lance Schaubert on said:

      Where else can you find a joint source for half of Tolkien s names and a good chunk of Marvel comics The Poetic Edda is the crux of Norse mythology and I won t presume to aspire to heavy or valued literary criticism here I appeal as a lay reader to lay readers you need to work your way through this book as you would any classic piece You need this book as source material for your own stories, as enjoyment for life, and as a platform upon which to build an understanding of modern stories As Lewis [...]

    11. Mina Soare on said:

      The notes cover of each page than the stanzas and it s worth it.I found out about this book by watching the Avengers, which led me to slash Avenger fanfiction, which mentioned the The Prose Edda and this this splendid story great poetry albeit translated rich vibrant speech not to mention the characters companion, as it were, the Poetic Edda For the poem by poem ye fifty of them impressions, see the notes.Considering the Thor, Odin and Loki of the movie had to have ingested enough sugar to turn [...]

    12. Chris on said:

      When you consider the fact that pre Christian Scandinavian cultures, at least the ones responsible for the stories written down in the Edda, believed the world was created from the dismembered body of a giant, then you begin to realize that it s not going to be a trip to Mr Roger s Neighborhood Even the gods are doomed, and when Odin, boss of the gods, is constantly trying to find secret wisdom to avert the prophesied battle that will kill the gods, you know you re screwed.Not for the faint of h [...]

    13. Kaila on said:

      The Voluspa is the first poem of the Edda It tells of the birth of the world, the giants and the gods, a few things in their lives, and then Ragnarok It is one of the most beautiful, poignant, and sad things I ve ever read The world is out to get you and everyone dies, that s what Norse mythology teaches us.Note on the translation I mostly read Carolyn Larrington s UNrevised translation I had the great fortune of getting a copy of Ursula Dronke s Voluspa and it is superior in every way as far as [...]

    14. Eric Tanafon on said:

      Not the best or the worst translation Sometimes Hollander s focus on poetic considerations can be irritating, when it means he uses unnecessarily archaic diction or flat out substitutes a word that s very different than the actual translation to his credit, he mentions doing this in a couple of instances, but that makes you wonder how many other times he did that and didn t bother footnoting it.But, as Yogi Berra remarked in a slightly different context, even imperfect translations of the Edda a [...]

    15. Stephen on said:

      If for no other reason, this translation is remarkable for its scrupulous adherence to English words of Germanic origin I cannot recall a single instance of finding a Greek or Latin root The language and meter are deliciously archaic, and give a feel for the grammatical richness which has now largely fallen away from our modern tongue.

    16. Kirsty Cabot on said:

      Really interesting But hard going So many names and mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and gods and names and names and places Hard to get your head aroundBetter review to come

    17. Edy on said:

      Oh, if I read this book before Gaiman s Nordic Mythology, I would feel so much better It was really informative especially all commentaties added by the translator and the whole thing had it s old story charm Definitely big 4,5 from me, maybe because I had to read it quickly and didn t sank much into the stories.

    18. Deborah Ideiosepius on said:

      This is a massive read I expected it to be, however not only has it exceeded expectations it has totally scrambled them as well as my original goals in reading this book.This collection is indeed a treasure trove of mythic Norse verse, it does indeed give a lot of insight into mythology lore and culture just as the cover claims it will The translator, Hollander also gives us a truly astounding amount of scholarly information, footnotes and explanations without with a large amount of this prose w [...]

    19. Megan Openshaw on said:

      There s something about Norse poetry that just clicks with me I enjoyed most, if not all, of the stories in this, and certain parts of the writing I find to be genuinely beautiful, thought provoking, hard hitting You get the picture I have a deep appreciation for good wordcraft.I m stuck on how to rate this at the moment I may bump it up to a 4.5 once I ve had of a chance to think about it.Review to come although I m not sure when, since I still have to finish some other reviews I have lined up [...]

    20. Dimi Balerinas on said:

      Not a book for the casual reader But an excellent source of Eddaic poetry and 10th to 13th century European literature.Recommended only if you are willing to go very very deep in the sources All texts are filled with verses and eddaic text in old English language.It really easy a treasure of great historical and linguistic importance.The book contains a large collection of lays and poems, most of them from the Codex Regius has the exact list of the book s content and details about it.If you are [...]

    21. Paul Haspel on said:

      The poetry of the Poetic Edda probably reads best in the original Old Norse but in case your Old Norse proficiency is not what it once was, this translation by Lee Hollander of the University of Texas is a good way to get to know these intriguing poems from the world of the Vikings Hollander s introduction is scholarly quite scholarly with extensive attention to the metric and potential musical values of Old Norse poetic syllabication if all you wanted was to get to Thor swinging his hammer, the [...]

    22. Hannah on said:

      I just received the latest Penguin edition of Orchard s Elder Edda and won t have time to read it just yet, but some things already irk me It has already been said in another review that the use of the term viking lore is not really accurate, and I agree, it comes across as a marketing move to heighten the interest Really, it doesn t need that.I also noticed the blurb which says Legends from the Ancient North and then lists Sir Gawain and the Green Knight too, which makes no sense at all Gawain [...]

    23. Joel Mitchell on said:

      Ever since being exposed to tales of Thor, Loki, Odin, Sigurd, Fafnir, Brunhilde, and so forth in My Bookhouse children s books, I ve enjoyed Norse Mythology When I started trying to find the original or at least oldest recorded versions of the stories, I discovered that Norse prose is pretty dull in translation then I discovered the far interesting Norse poetry, and this book collects the best of it.This poetry covers subject matter ranging from Norse cosmology to squabbles among the gods to t [...]

    24. Chad on said:

      Hollander s Translation A difficult book to rate I enjoyed the first third of the poems, having to do with the gods and giants, but I suspect this was only because I was already familiar with these myths and could follow along The last two thirds of the poems have to do with the heroic legends that partly inspired Wagner s Ring Cycle I wish I had read a prose version of this story first as the poetic version s was hard to follow Especially since the story was chopped up among 20 different poems [...]

    25. Stuart on said:

      The Elder Edda is the second book in the Penguin Classics series Legends from the Ancient North This work, like the others in this series have two things in common The author is anonymous, and the works inspired the writings of J.R.R Tolkien This edition of the book begins with a twenty page introduction by the author, which tells us about the Icelandic history of the Codex Regius and the contents There are also notes on spelling, pronunciation, and translation, which will be helpful to serious [...]

    26. Elizabeth on said:

      ContentsIntroductory Material iv xliv x Mythological PoemsVoluspa 5 14 x Havamal 15 39 x Vafthrudnusmal 39 49 x Grimnismal 49 59 x For Skirmis 59 67Harbardsljod 67 76 x Hymiskvuda 77 82Lokasenna 82 96Thrymskvida 96 101Volundarkvida 101 108Alvissmal 108 113Heroic PoemsHelgakvida Hundingsbana in fyrri 117 125Helgakvida Hjorvardssonar 126 135Helgakvida Hundingsbana onnur 136 144Fra dauda Sinfjotla 145Gripisspa 146 153Reginsmal 154 159Fafnismal 160 168Sigrdrifumal 169 175Brot af Sigurdarkvidu 176 17 [...]

    27. Eirene Ritznore on said:

      So weave we weird sisters our war winning woof I did not start out to read Old Norse poetry I was looking up something regarding the Valkyrie for a piece I was writing and I came across this one line Needless to say, the spectacular alliteration got me I picked up this book from the library and read through it Found in these poems are the stories of the Valkyrie, J rmunrekkr, king of the Goths, the Nibelung and, if I recall correctly, even references to Attila the Hun The structure is excellent [...]

    28. Helen on said:

      Anyone who likes Tolkien needs to read the Eddas Also anyone who likes mythology, good stories, etc If you think the Vikings were only into raiding England and anywhere else they landed , battles, and mayhem in general, think again These tales contain plenty of violence, but also far beauty and imagination than most people realize the ancient Norse culture possessed Greece may have given the world democracy and Rome the Pax Romana, but in all their myths and legends there is nothing like the Ra [...]

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