Synopses & Reviews
Passed down long ago from poet to poet and singer to singer in the great oral tradition ofand#160;Scandinavia, this collection of heroic sagas explores a mythical world. Incorporating legends of Norse gods and heroes, great fires and floods, superhuman warriors and doomed lovers, these dramatic poems weave vivid portraits of powerful characters caught up in passion, ambition, and destiny. Filled with gripping conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruction,and#160;the versesand#160;chronicle the triumphs and tragedies of a lost mythological past, where words of wisdom and beauty echoed off the steel of waving swords.
The hero poems of The Poetic Edda are literary monuments that have inspired such luminaries as Richard Wagner and J. R. R. Tolkien. This Dover edition, which includes exceptionally detailed and complete translations by Henry Adams Bellows, will continue to enchant new generations of readers. It is a companion to The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems,and#160;also available from Dover Publications.
This vibrantand#160;compilation presents the heroic sagas of ancient Scandinavia. Its timeless legends of superhuman warriors and doomed lovers have inspired Wagner's "Ring Cycle"and#160;andand#160;Tolkien's "Middle-earth."
The companion volume to Dover's The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems, this vibrant compilation presents the heroic sagas of Scandinavia's ancient oral traditions. These timeless legends of superhuman warriors and doomed lovers have inspired storytellers such as Richard Wagner and J. R. R. Tolkien and continue to enchant modern readers.
Table of Contents
Lays of the Heroes
Helgakvitha Hundingsbana I
Helgakvitha Hundingsbana II
Fra Dautha Sinfjotla
Brot af Sigurtharkvithu
Sigurtharkvitha en Skamma
Guhtrunarkvitha II, en Forna
Atlakvitha en Grand#246;nlenzka
Atlamol en Grand#246;nlenzku