9780140447552

Prose Edda : Tales from Norse Mythology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140447552

  • ISBN10:

    0140447555

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/31/2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

The stirring, bloody, and tragic saga that inspired such artists as Wagner, Borges, and Tolkien Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Eddais the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the Old Icelandic original.

Author Biography

Snorri Sturluson (1179-û1241) was the son of an upstart Icelandic chieftain. He rose to become Iceland-'s richest and, for a time, most powerful leader.
Jesse Byock is a professor of Icelandic and Old Norse studies at UCLA. He is the translator of The Saga of the Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki for Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Map : the geographical world of the Edda
The prose Eddap. 1
Gylfaginning (the deluding of Gylfi)p. 9
Skaldskaparmal (poetic diction)p. 80
Mythic and legendary tales poetic references from Skaldskaparmalp. 108
The Norse cosmos and the world treep. 119
The language of the Skalds : Kennings and Heitip. 123
Eddic poems used as sources in Gylfaginningp. 127
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