- Series: Hackett Classics
- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1624663567
- ISBN-13: 978-1624663567
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
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While I respect some other translations, I find the ones that I have read to be often inconsistent in style, and with difficult and odd word choice, which makes the reading of those translations a bit challenging (but not in a good way).
This is not the case with Crawford’s Edda. I read this book and never felt more connected to the stories of the gods and heroes. The introduction is clear and really gives a nice background to the poems, and why they were translated the way they are in the book. It also gives a nice understanding about the history, as well as the Vikings and their culture which is a huge part of the poems and their background. The language throughout is contemporary and polished, and the poems are translated and written so beautifully! The poems can easily take the reader into a world of magic and myth, heroes and sagas with such beautiful writing. Also, don’t miss out on the the excellent bonus of this book, which is the Cowboy Havamal- that on its own deserves a 5-star review.
Crawford did a fantastic job finally bringing the Poetic Edda into the 21st century with this flawless translation. If you’re into Vikings/ Norse Mythology/ history or books in general: don’t miss out on this one!
(btw, I bought this book as gifts to many family and friends and they all love it!)
I enjoyed the Poetic Edda immensely and look forward to other works by the author in the future.
It is not, however, a general interest book. I doubt that someone with no interest in the Norse Gods and heroes would be very interested. If you are unsure, watch a few of Dr. Jackson Crawford's Youtube videos, and you'll know whether you want this book or not.
(As with salty Dutch licorice, you'll probably love it or hate it.)