The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology

The Prose Edda Norse Mythology The Prose Edda or Younger Edda is a classic collection of Norse myths of the Icelandic people Widely considered as compiled by Icelandic scholar and historian Snorri Sturluson around the year

  • Title: The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology
  • Author: Snorri Sturluson
  • ISBN: 9781420934601
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Prose Edda, or Younger Edda, is a classic collection of Norse myths of the Icelandic people Widely considered as compiled by Icelandic scholar and historian Snorri Sturluson around the year 1220, The Prose Edda contains a euhemerized Prologue followed by three tales the Gylfaginning , the story of the creation and destruction of the world of the Norse gods th The Prose Edda, or Younger Edda, is a classic collection of Norse myths of the Icelandic people Widely considered as compiled by Icelandic scholar and historian Snorri Sturluson around the year 1220, The Prose Edda contains a euhemerized Prologue followed by three tales the Gylfaginning , the story of the creation and destruction of the world of the Norse gods the Skaldskaparmal , consists of a dialogue between AEgir, a god associated with the sea, and Bragi, a skaldic god and the Hattatal , a collection of Old Norse poetry including original compositions by Snorri Sturluson This classic collection of Old Norse myths is one of the most important of the Icelandic eddas and a must read for fans and scholars of Norse mythology.

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    1. The Edda is a collection of Norse myths, written in the 13th century by a dude named Snorri. It's where we got most of our knowledge of Norse mythology today, and it's wicked awesome. I learned, for instance, that your legs may hump each other and produce a child while you're asleep, which is something I'm going to be more careful about from now on. And that mead started as god spit, then turned into blood, and ended up being farted out of Odin's ass, which is, by a train of logic that actually [...]

    2. AcknowledgementsIntroduction & NotesFurther ReadingNote on the TranslationMap: The Geographical World of the 'Edda'The Prose Edda--Prologue--Gylfaginning (The Deluding of Gylfi)Skaldskaparmal (Poetic Diction)--Mythic and Legendary Tales--Poetic References from Skaldskaparmal (Translated by Russell Poole)Appendices:1. The Norse Cosmos and the World Tree2. The Language of the Skalds: Kennings and 'Heiti'3. Eddic Poems Used as Sources in 'Gylfaginning'Genealogical TablesNotesGlossary of Names

    3. It’s sort of strange to give a review of a book like this – as if I can sit here and complain that Thor’s character feels underdeveloped, or that I didn’t understand Odin’s motivation for acting as he did. It is, after all, from the 13th century, written by someone we might characterize as an Icelandic warlord – and yet, as removed as I am, it’s still fascinating. The book is genuinely funny at times, and the stories of the Norse gods and goddesses have a sense of humor to them tha [...]

    4. Did you know that all the Norse gods (Æsir) are descended from Priam of Troy, and therefore from Zeus himself?Did you know apparently the Icelandic authors of the Viking myths are actually Plato disguised to continue his sick addiction to one-sided-interrogation-for-infodump?If you did not, this book is for you!

    5. So after diving headlong into ancient Norse mythology and history, by way of the Heimskringla, The Poetic Edda, and Sagas of Icelanders in turn, I've become ever more interested in the subject (and medieval literature generally). There simply isn't enough extant, well-preserved material to satisfy the desire to know everything, more often we're left with as many questions as answers. The Prose Edda is no exception. Written by the Icelandic chieftain-poet-historian Snorri Sturluson in the 13th ce [...]

    6. The Sigur Rós playlist, fittingly, is on, and we are back in business!+++The army-musterer gave mountain-haunting ravens their fill. The raven got full on she-wolf’s prey, and spears rang.Expectations versus reality. You hear the term bandied about all the time; and while my experience of it (at least in the literature-sphere) might not have been as extreme as some, I feel I’m coming closer to understanding that concept having finished the Edda. I wasn’t expecting to give this such an ave [...]

    7. Snorri Sturluson rédigea cette Edda (ces vieilles légendes norroises) au début du XIIIe siècle, alors que son pays, l'Islande, était depuis longtemps convertie au christianisme. Snorri aborde donc de biais ce panorama du polythéisme scandinave. En effet, son livre est avant tout un traité de poétique ou de rhétorique : la Skaldskaparmal, par exemple, recense une série de tournures, vocables, métaphores, périphrases (les fameuses kenningar qui ont tant fasciné Borges) en usage dans l [...]

    8. I’ve been meaning to read both this and the Poetic Edda for a while now, and starting the Icelandic Sagas was just the kick in the pants I needed to do it. I felt like I could use some cultural context, and Snorri here provides it in spades. Norse mythology is fascinating in that it represents a belief-system that was actually practiced not so long ago, relatively speaking. Rome officially converted in the early 300s and I think that most of Europe outside the empire was at least nominally Chr [...]

    9. Tis a divinity shopping list. I'm in the lesser gods section. They're on two for one. *gets trolley rage at checkout*

    10. "Lunga è una nottelunga è la seconda,come posso aspettare per tre?Spesso un mesemi sembrò più breveche questa mezza notte d'attesa." Non c'è molto da dire sull'Edda di Snorri. È una meravigliosa raccolta di miti norreni. Per gli amanti di Tolkien dovrebbe essere un must. Snorri racconta in modo poetico la mitologia islandese, la nascita degli dèi, le malefatte di Loki, le imprese di Thor. Un bellissimo e imperdibile gioiello di epica.

    11. Snorri Sturluson ranks as the least known literary genius in Western Civilization. His work was the apex of Icelandic literature dealing with the Viking age. While Iceland had been Christian for over two centuries when Sturluson wrote this text, it is (along with thePoetic Edda ) one of the best primary sources of Viking myth and religion.Better known as theProse Eddathis text is an attempt to permanently record the intricacies of the orally transmitted Skaldic literary tradition. It records man [...]

    12. Its so hard to rate or review a piece of workings that have influence so much of the world we know today. I almost feel I have no place in rating this when it is of such importance, however I did love this fascinating and very strange piece.If you're intrigued or want to know more about Norse mythology and its origins, this is the book. The Prose Edda is nearly 800 years old and depicts ancient tales of gods and goddesses of Asgard and others of further worlds. While it is not a book to read for [...]

    13. I originally planned on reading Penguin's but I read that it omitted quite a few passages, so I went with this one instead.Interesting how Snorri explains that the gods were actually humans and that they originated from Troy. As Odin and family migrated north, his offsprings founded many of the mythic germanic dynasties from which many rulers and persons claimed descent. As they reach Scandinavia they lose their 'asiatic' names and start being known by the names the natives call them; Odin, Thor [...]

    14. سنورا إدّا هي مجموعة الأساطير النوردية القديمة التي انتشرت في بلاد الشمال الأوروبي ، من المهم للمهتم بالميثولوجيا قراءتها و المرور عليها.الاطلاع على أساطير الشمال له أثر كبير في إذكاء روح الخيال و التصور لدى الانسان. الكثير من هذه الاساطير بكل محتوياتها تمت ترجمتها لأعمال [...]

    15. The historical figures and mythological structure of the cosmos found in the Prose Edda existed in an oral tradition and skaldic poems long before an Icelandic nobleman named Snorri purportedly decided to put them down on paper. Much of the poetry concerning the Norse gods is sadly lost as a consequence of that tradition.Snorri's work is an obvious attempt to preserve some of what was lost and promote the continuation of a poetic tradition that had begun to fade by the 13th century in the face o [...]

    16. I vecchi miti mi piacciono parecchio. È il motivo per cui, tra le altre cose, sto provando a leggere la Bibbia (sono a Mosé e la consiglio a tutti: è incredibilmente più divertente di quello che ti fanno credere a catechismo in particolare la storia della torre di Babele, quando Dio creò la facoltà di lingue for the lolz). Però sono interessanti anche le altre mitologie, quella nordica mi ha sempre affasciata parecchio e dopo Beowulf e i Nibelunghi mi sono sentita pronta per il manuale di [...]

    17. L’Edda en prose, écrite par Snorri Sturluson, islandais chrétien du treizième siècle, est une somme de récits mythologiques et héroïques des anciens scandinaves. Malgré une influence chrétienne évidente (la description de Hel, l’Enfer en est un exemple assez flagrant), c’est une source importante de connaissance de ces mythes. C'est ma deuxième lecture de ce livre qui m'avait beaucoup plu. Ma lecture récente de Beowulf m'a donné envie de me replonger dans ce texte.La première [...]

    18. From a literary point of view, most of the tales are told in an interview-like fashion. We have curios characters, King Gylfe disguised as Ganglere asking questions to the asas, and in part two we have Æger asking questions to Brage. Therefore, the myths are presented in a matter-of-factly kind of fashion. You should not expect lavish, Tolkienesque descriptions, it wasn't the literary style of the time.The The Prose Edda is much more than a simple collection of myths, it offers insight into the [...]

    19. Despite all the countless lists of eyebrowraisingly foreignsounding names that Snorri Sturluson seems to enjoy riddling off every once in a while assuming that we'll remember all of them, The Prose Edda is a fun and fascinating ride. It's a short collection of short stories and lengthy passages detailing creation, gods, battles, prophecies, the past, the present, the future, and lots and lots of important hard to pronounce names to remember even though the book is a meager 120 pages not counting [...]

    20. I skipped the last 100 or so pages as it got into a lot of stuff about poetry that I had little interest in. Probably really interesting from a historical stand point but just not much of a page turner.I'm reading this for a class called Northern European Mythology. The professor had us start here because the prose is a little easier to penetrate than poetry, and she is spending a lot of time explaining what the hell all the gods are up to. The names and such can get really confusing.But let me [...]

    21. I've been told that most editions of The Edda of Snorri Sturluson (say it out loud, you'll love it) do not contain the 'Skaldskaparmal'. I thought this was the best part, and recommend that you find a copy with it included. It's basically a glossary of poetic terms and forms, breaking down the formal riddle-language into easily comprehensible parts. If you've ever found yourself overwhelmed by the kennings in an Icelandic epic (and who hasn't?), this book will straighten you right out. Seriously [...]

    22. Another splendid look at Icelandic and Old Norse Literature by UCLA professor Jesse L. Byock, who has become probably the most respected scholar in the area worldwide -- outside of perhaps Iceland. Here are told all the tales of the Aesir, the Gods Odin, Thor, Loki, Freya -- and the eventual doom that overtakes their world at Ragnarok, when the Fenriswolf and the Midgard Serpent are loosed upon the world tree Yggdrasil. There is an incredible pathos to Norse mythology. Odin sees and calmly discu [...]

    23. Half the book was on old icelandic lagnguage, half on my native, so I could say I read whole book, other could say I read half the book. Part of the story was written in poetry. I didn't like the dated style.The story centers on king Gylfi asking gods questions and they answered with mythological stories about creation of the world, end of the world, stories about gods, stories about the mythological creatures and objests, and there was Thor's story at the end.Must have for everyone trying to le [...]

    24. Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di morePer me Edda è stato un tuffo nel passato, quando leggevo tonnellate di miti: soprattutto greci e latini, ma non disdegnavo tuffi in quella egiziana, nordica, cinese, e via dicendo.L’opera in prosa di Snorri Sturluson si presenta come un manuale per scrivere e capire la poesia, soprattutto le kenningar, perifrasi che spesso facevano riferimenti al mito, rendendone necessaria la conoscenza per la comprensione (e la compos [...]

    25. 1. they put the horse that knocked up loki on his family tree2. the horse had the word "dilf" in the middle of its name

    26. Snorri Sturluson wrote his Edda, also known as the "Prose Edda", around 1220. Sturluson's work contains his versions of numerous Norse/Icelandic myths as well as a fair catalogue of tropes, motifs and "kennings" of skaldic poetry. This work derives from a really fascinating liminal period in European history between pagan and Christian culture and oral and written culture. It is a written work that seeks to preserve an oral tradition. Additionally, it was written by a Christian author about the [...]

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