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The Poetic Edda - Illustrated: Tolkien's Bookshelf #2 (Volume 2) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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"... after more than a hundred years, this book is finally back in print! It is almost exactly like the old Viking Club Edition – written in the original Old Norse with an English translation by Olive Bray and very fine illustrations by W.G. Collingwood. ... a very helpful glossary has been added at the end of the book. This book is ... a great introduction for anyone who is reading The Poetic Edda for the first time..."
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The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 28, No. 4, Oct., 1929 reviewed Olive Bray's translation of The Poetic Edda, stating: 'Miss Bray's work is eminently satisfactory: she possesses a scholar's knowledge of the subject (though she was by no means a specialist in the field); and she had poetic ability of a high order. She nearly always succeeded in reproducing the poetry and the spirit of the old lays and she adhered to the metrical form; to do these things she did not hesitate, to depart from rules of alliteration or sometimes to disregard alliteration entirely. '
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It is almost exactly like the old Viking Club Edition – written in the original Old Norse with an English translation by Olive Bray and very fine illustrations by W.G. Collingwood. The original introduction has been shortened and a few footnotes have been removed, but a very helpful glossary has been added at the end of the book. This book is not an exact word-for-word translation of the original Elder Edda (Olive Bray freely uses poetic license), but it's a great introduction for anyone who is reading The Poetic Edda for the first time – Enjoy!