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The Poetic Edda


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The collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda contains the great narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. The mythological poems explore the wisdom of the gods and giants, narrating the adventures of the god Thor against the hostile giants and the gods' rivalries amongst themselves. The heroic poems trace the exploits of the hero Helgi and his valkyrie bride, the tragic tale of Sigurd and Brynhild's doomed love, and the terrible drama of Sigurd's widow Gudrun and her children.

Many of the poems predate the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, allowing us to glimpse the pagan beliefs of the North. Since the rediscovery of the Poetic Edda in the seventeenth century, its poetry has fascinated artists as diverse as Thomas Gray, Richard Wagner, and Jorge Luis Borges.

This is the first complete translation to be published in Britain for fifty years, and it includes a scholarly introduction, notes, a genealogy of the gods and giants, and an index of names. With a new, modern package this title is an invaluable classic for your bookshelf.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

About the Author

Carolyne Larrington is Senior Research Fellow at Montfort University, Leicester.

Product Details

Larrington, Carolyne
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Carolyne
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Literature/English | World Literature | Scandinavian
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Poetry-A to Z
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Oxford World's Classics
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5.1 x 7.7 x 1 in 0.588 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » General
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Nordic
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History and Social Science » World History » General

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