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The Poetic Edda

Author: Ursula Dronke
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, 1969-<2011>
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume presents four of the most intricate and fascinating mythological poems of the Poetic Edda, distinct in theme and style. They are played out between the twilight of Porr's old religion and the daybreak of the new. A man, sure that enemies are near, enters a hall full of diners at a table and calls out `Blessings on the givers'. At once he is welcomed and fed above all he is talked to and encouraged to
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Genre/Form: Translations
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Edda Sæmundar. English. Selections.
Poetic Edda.
Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1969-<1997>
(OCoLC)558225264
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ursula Dronke
ISBN: 0198114974 9780198114970 0198111819 9780198111818 9780198111825 0198111827
OCLC Number: 45666
Language Note: Poems in Old Norse with parallel English translation, and with critical apparatus in English.
Description: volumes <1-3> : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: v. 1. Heroic poems --
v. 2. Mythological poems --
v. 3. Mythological poems II.
Other Titles: Edda Sæmundar.
Responsibility: edited with translation, introduction, and commentary by Ursula Dronke.
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This volume presents four of the most intricate and fascinating mythological poems of the Poetic Edda - 'Havamal', 'Hymiskvida', 'Grimnismal', and 'Grottasoengr' - with parallel translations,  Read more...

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The strength of Dronke's edition undoubtedly lies in its literary interpretation of the text and it's English translation * Margaret Clunies Ross, Journal of English and Germanic Philology *

 
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