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The Poetic Edda

Second Edition

Carolyne Larrington

September 2014

ISBN: 9780199675340

384 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

A fully revised translation of the great collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda, containing the narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. Gods, giants, and human heroes populate the poems. This edition includes three new poems.

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A fully revised translation of the great collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda, containing the narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. Gods, giants, and human heroes populate the poems. This edition includes three new poems.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Carolyne Larrington, Supernumerary Fellow and Tutor in Medieval English Literature, St John's College, University of Oxford

Carolyne Larrington has published widely on Old Norse myth, legends, and literature, inlcuding co-editing two volumes of essays on eddic poetry wiht Paul Acker. Her books include King Arthur's Enchantresses: Morgan and Her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition (IB Tauris, 2006) and Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children's Books (with Diane Purkiss, Bodleian Library, 2013).

Reviews

"Larringtons version of The Poetic Edda has been beautifully translated, and the flow of each poem is perfect." - Kirsty Hewitt, Book Hugger

"A 750-year-old haul of Icelandic verse might not sound like cutting-edge entertainment but these sinewy sagas include such modern elements as gutsy heroines and ultra-violence." - Christopher Hirst, Independent

"these sinewy sagas include such modern elements as gutsy heroines and ultra-violence" - Independent

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