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Elder Edda : A Book of Viking Lore (Paperback)

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The greatest source of knowledge of Viking lore.
The mythology surrounding ancient Norse gods and heroes has inspired countless writers and artists, including Tennyson, Wagner, William Morris, Tolkien, Borges, and Auden. Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270 and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these poems tell of the heroic deeds of gods and mortals: the giant- slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hell-ride of Brynhild, and the cruelty of Atli (Attila the Hun). Eclectic, incomplete, and fragmented, the verses nevertheless retain a stark beauty and enthralling power, opening a window onto the thoughts, beliefs, and hopes of the Vikings and their world.

The greatest source of knowledge of Viking lore.

The mythology surrounding ancient Norse gods and heroes has inspired countless writers and artists, including Tennyson, Wagner, William Morris, Tolkien, Borges, and Auden. Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270 and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these poems tell of the heroic deeds of gods and mortals: the giant- slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hell-ride of Brynhild, and the cruelty of Atli (Attila the Hun). Eclectic, incomplete, and fragmented, the verses nevertheless retain a stark beauty and enthralling power, opening a window onto the thoughts, beliefs, and hopes of the Vikings and their world.
Number of Pages: 384.0
Genre: Poetry, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Folklore + Mythology, General, Ancient + Classical + Medieval
Language: English
Series Title: Penguin Classics
Book format: Paperback
Pricing Code - MMBV: M
Publisher - MMBV: Penguin Group USA
Street Date: July 26, 2011
TCIN: 13456266
UPC: 9780140435856
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-0619

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Linda4 months ago
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Not what I expected. I had wanted a collection of Nordic legends. This is more of a text book with great explanations of the text. Very good if that is what you are looking for.  see moreof Linda's review
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