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The Ásatrú Edda: Sacred Lore of the North Paperback – April 24, 2009
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About the Author
The Norroena Society was originally founded in the late 19th century by reknowned scholar and writer, Rasmus B. Anderson. Today, the Society has been reborn to present an alternative to mainstream academic treatments of Ásatrú traditions. Our goal is to continue the revival of this ancient belief system by offering a continually progressive scholarship aimed exclusively at rebuilding a religious foundation for our work. As we move forward, it is our sincerest hope that we shall spark the interests of all people everywhere in returning to their ancestral paths.
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I am so overwhelmed by this! It is almost unbearable! I am so, so, so, so, so very very thankful that this book was compiled and that I can now have it in my hands (in my kindle.) I have never known how to see myself in this way before— until now! Thank you so very much, Norroena Society, for bringing this life-changing Word into my life! I am forever grateful! I can't even express in full how grateful I feel!
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You can truly see the amount of work that went into this book. So if you want something next to your Havamal, buy this. I think no better investment in your future is to read this book.
It combines the various Eddas into one volume and strives to remove the biases that have crept into the more accepted versions of the Eddas from other religions. The authors use the scholarly writings of various researchers (historical and current) to remove discrepancies between the tales and present a continuous tale from the creation of Midgard to Ragnarok.
The main thing this volume achieves is to take all the various stories of the Eddas and arrange them in the chronological order that they happen. So the first story is the Creation of the worlds, and proceeds through the creation of the elder beings up through the Gods and then the stories of the gods.
While some reviewers comment of the use of the Norse names, I feel that helps preserve the magic of the tales. Others have found that the way this volume varies from the more accepted works a bad thing. I find it refreshing as it gives a fresh view of the Eddas.
If you're a student of the Eddas, you probably already have copies of the Poetic and Younger Eddas. I recommend this volume as a new look at the Eddas that tries to preserve the tone and language of the original works.
I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 as while I approve of the use of the norse words, it does make it harder to read and understand.