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The Poetic Edda Volume II

Mythological Poems

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The Poetic Edda Volume II
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This volume presents a wholly new edition of five of the most brilliant and celebrated poems of the Poetic Edda: 'The Sibyl's Prophecy', 'The Rigmarole of Rigr', 'Wayland's Poem', 'Skirnir's Lay', and 'Loki's Quarrel'. New textual readings and interpretations are established. New light is shed on the Franks Casket and on King Alfred's interest in Wayland; new links are found between the Viking and Christian worlds. A close translation accompanies the text to give the non-specialist reader a transparent and rhythmic sense of the original. For each poem the sequence of ideas is traced in the introduction and the interpretation substantiated by a detailed commentary. Much consideration is given to the themes of the poems and the ancient ideas in which they are rooted: analogues come from many sources - Irish, Anglo-Saxon, Sanskrit, African, and Finnish. The excellence and variety of the poems give a rare insight into the genius of oral poets of the Viking age.
Release date NZ
September 4th, 1997
Contributor
Volume editor Ursula Dronke
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
frontispiece, 1 halftone
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
458
Dimensions
161x243x31
ISBN-13
9780198111818
Product ID
1859119

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