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The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology

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Prose Edda is a work without predecessor or parallel. Snorri Sturluson feared that the traditional techniques of Norse poetics, the pagan kennings, and the allusions to mythology would be forgotten with the introduction of new verse forms from Europe. Prose Edda was designed as a handbook for poets to compose in the style of the skalds of the Viking ages. It is an exposition of the rule of poetic diction with many examples, applications, and retellings of myths and legends. The present selection includes the whole of Gylfaginning (The deluding of Gylfi) — a guide to mythology that forms one of the great storybooks of the Middle Ages — and the longer heroic tales and legends of Skaldskaparmal (Poetic diction). Snorri Sturluson was a master storyteller, and this translation in modern idiom of the inimitable tales of the gods and heroes of the Scandinavian peoples brings them to life again.

Synopsis:

Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is 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.

  • First time in Penguin Classics
  • Includes an introduction; explanatory notes; glossary; appendices on the Norse cosmos, language, and sources, a map; genealogical tables; suggestions for further reading

About the Author

Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447552
Translator:
Byock, Jesse L.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Byock, Jesse L.
Author:
Sturluson, Snorri
Author:
Byock, Jesse L.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Mythology, norse
Subject:
Scalds and scaldic poetry
Subject:
Mythology-General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.74x5.20x.55 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is 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.

  • First time in Penguin Classics
  • Includes an introduction; explanatory notes; glossary; appendices on the Norse cosmos, language, and sources, a map; genealogical tables; suggestions for further reading

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