The Elder Edda

The Elder Edda

A Book of Viking Lore


Translator: Andrew Orchard
Editor: Andrew Orchard
Introduction by: Andrew Orchard

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140435856
  • 432 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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 Elder Edda

The Elder Edda

Anonymous, Translator: Andrew Orchard, Editor: Andrew Orchard, Introduction by: Andrew Orchard

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