The Elder Edda

The Elder Edda

A Book of Viking Lore

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

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140435856
  • 432 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these mythological and heroic poems tell of gods and mortals from an ancient era: the giant-slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hel-ride of Brynhild and the cruelty of Atli the Hun. Eclectic, incomplete and fragmented, these verses nevertheless retain their stark beauty and their power to enthrall, opening a window on to the thoughts, beliefs and hopes of the Vikings and their world.

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The Elder Edda

The Elder Edda

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

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