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The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lore (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition
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Let's begin with the title. This translation of the Poetic Edda is titled "The Elder Edda: A Book of Viking Lore", and the material contained within is frequently referred to as "viking lore" throughout. Referring to these poems as "viking lore" may have been a marketing decision intended to move units, but it is unfortunately misleading; the lore in question primarily dates from the Viking Age, sure, but elements of the compositions date at least as far back as the Migration Period (the 5th to 9th century CE) and other elements are from a few hundred years after the Viking Age ended (the Poetic Edda was compiled in the 13th century and the Viking Age is held to have ended in the 11th century). Further, famous as the vikings are, they made up a small fraction of Scandinavian society at their greatest.Read more ›
As would be expected, this work is very well indexed and has over 60 pages of footnotes! Wow! This is something a lore junkie like me loves. While I haven't had the time to scrutinize each and every one of them, I have gone over quite a few and they are quite accurate. It is truly refreshing to run across an academically correct and recognized work on Norse Mythology that is not incredibly boring and dry.Read more ›
My knowledge of the Elder Edda before reading this version was limited to knowing that the names of many of Tolkien's dwarves in The Hobbit are to be found in the first poem in the cycle, the Voluspa or Prophecy of the Seeress. As I read more of the poems I recognized in their meter and general pacing many similarities to Tolkien's own poetry, especially those he composed for the Rohirrim in The Lord of the Rings. Now that I've been exposed to the Elder Edda I understand the attraction these poems held for Tolkien in their depictions of a wild, storm tossed world filled with conflict and strife but also with a strange beauty.
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Read this in a week for class and I learned a lot about the Norse gods from it. However, someone not used to reading poetry (and for the most part this is poetry hence the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JTL
This translation is highly readable and actually pretty darn hilarious at times. My friends and I did a dramatic reading of The Lokasenna, which was awesome.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'd been wanting to read it for a while and finally having my own copy allowed me to enjoy the stories in their entirety that I was familiar with.Published 22 months ago by Rebecca Graham
A fairly accurate translation. I would have appreciated more context, background & notes on translation choices ( both word choices/definitions and positioning of stanzas). Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Todd Saint Pe'
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