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The prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson : tales from Norse mythology

Author: Snorri Sturluson
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prose Edda is a work without predecessor or parallel. It was designed as a handbook for poets to compose in the style of the skalds of the Viking ages. It is an exposition of the rule of poetic diction with many examples, applications, and retellings of myths and legends. Snorri Sturluson feared that the traditional techniques of Norse poetics, the pagan kennings, and the allusions to mythology would be forgotten  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Snorri Sturluson
ISBN: 0520234774 9780520234772 9780520273054 0520273052
OCLC Number: 50502290
Language Note: Translated from the Icelandic.
Notes: Includes index.
Originally published: 1964.
Description: 131 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Translator's foreword --
The deluding of Gylfi --
Selections from 'Poetic diction.'
Other Titles: Edda Snorra Sturlusonar.
Responsibility: introduced by Sigurður Nordal ; translated by Jean I. Young.

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A handbook for poets to compose in the style of the skalds of the Viking ages. It is an exposition of the rule of poetic diction with many examples, applications, and retellings of myths and legends.  Read more...

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