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Published: 11 September 2014

384 Pages


ISBN: 9780199675340

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The Poetic Edda

Second Edition

Carolyne Larrington

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of the famous collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda, with fully revised translations and updated introduction and notes.
  • Includes three new poems and revised translations drawing on the latest scholarship.
  • Expanded introduction provides an informative overview of the poems and an outline of Norse myth and heroic legend as well as the poems' later reception and influence on writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien and Alan Garner, and on popular culture, including film and television.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Appendix including an alternative version of 'The Seeress's Prophecy'.
  • Revised Explanatory Notes.
  • Genealogies of gods, giants, and heroes.
  • Annoted Index of Names.

New to this Edition:

  • Revised and expanded introduction that looks at the work's influence on Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and children's authors, and on popular culture including films, TV (The Game of Thrones), and heavy metal.
  • Fully revised translation drawing on the most recent scholarship and including three new poems, 'Groa's Chant', 'The Sayings of Fiolsvinn' (together comprising 'The Lay of Svipdag') and 'The Waking of Angantyr'.
  • Expanded and updated Bibliography.
  • Appendix: alternative version of 'The Seeress's Prophecy'.
  • Revised notes.

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