Tuesday 15 July 2014

Book Review: The Poetic Edda

Title: The Poetic Edda
Author: Carolyne Larrington (Translator)
Publication Date: 1999 (1200)
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
Genre: Mythology
Source: Bought Copy

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The collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda contains the great narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. The mythological poems explore the wisdom of the gods and giants, narrating the adventures of the god Thor against the hostile giants and the gods' rivalries amongst themselves. The heroic poems trace the exploits of the hero Helgi and his valkyrie bride, the tragic tale of Sigurd and Brynhild's doomed love, and the terrible drama of Sigurd's widow Gudrun and her children.(Goodreads Synopsis)

I always enjoy reading these poems. They are full of fun and adventures, and offer a fascinating insight into Norse mythology. These translations are very approachable and well-presented and the book includes excellent notes for further clarification of the stories and influences.

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