The Prose Edda, Volume 5

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American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1916 - Mythology, Norse - 266 pages
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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Norse sagas written in Iceland around 1210 by Snorri Sturluson (I couldn't possibly have made up that name!). It records histories and traditions of the Norse people. Some material is gruesome, but then we're dealing with a people who hoped to die in battle! Read full review

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User Review  - Michael.Rimmer - LibraryThing

I was initially surprised that I knew all of the stories in The Prose Edda, but then I realised that I've been reading adaptations of them since I was aged 10, so not all that surprising really. It ... Read full review



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Page 19 - The next thing when the rime dropped was that the cow hight Audhumla was made of it ; but four milk-rivers ran out of her teats, and she fed Ymir ; she licked rime-stones that were...
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Page 40 - Heimdallr is the name of one : he is called the White God. He is great and holy; nine maids, all sisters, bore him for a son. He is also called Hallinskidi and Gullintanni; his teeth were of gold, and his horse is called Gold-top. He dwells in the place called Himinbjorg, hard by Bifrost: he is the warder of the gods, and sits there by Heaven's end to guard the bridge from the Hill-Giants. He needs less sleep than a bird; he sees equally well night and day a hundred leagues from him, and hears how...
Page 82 - ... themselves, and it shall be very bright. The time of the old gods is past; they shall fall on the plain called Vigridr. Surtr shall cast fire over all the earth and burn all the world. But the dead shall rise up again to a new order of things. A new earth shall emerge out of the sea, and all shall be green and fair; then shall the fruits of it be brought forth unsown. The mighty one — the prince of light — shall settle every quarrel, pronounce judgments, and fix sacred, unalterable laws....
Page 267 - GODDARD LEACH, Secretary of the Foundation SCANDINAVIAN CLASSICS I. Comedies by Holberg : Jeppe of the Hill, The Political Tinker , Erasmus Montanus Translated from the Danish by OSCAR JAMES CAMPBELL, JR., and FREDERIC SCHENCK, with an Introduction by OSCAR JAMES CAMPBELL, JR. 1914.

About the author (1916)

Snorri Sturluson's fame as a historian---his main work is the 16 sagas included in Heimskringla (c.1230), a monumental history of Norway from its beginning until 1177---lies both in his critical approach to sources and in his fine, realistic exposition of event and motivation. A similar combination of scholarly and imaginative talent is seen in The Prose Edda (c.1220). Intended to be a handbook in skaldic poetry, it preserves invaluable mythological tales that were on the verge of being forgotten even in Sturluson's time. A large part of what we know about Nordic mythology stems from his Edda. The bibliography that follows also lists the anonymous Egil's Saga (1200--30), which many expert Scandinavian medievalists (e.g., Sigurdur Nordal and Bjorn M. Olsen) attribute to Sturluson. It is a fascinating account of life in Norway, England, and Iceland and of the poet-warrior Egil, whose skaldic verse is renowned for its unusual emotional and personal qualities. Snorri Sturluson's own life was as eventful as those about whom he wrote. Returning to Iceland from exile in 1239, he again became deeply involved in serious power struggles and was murdered in 1241.

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