The Prose Edda
by Snorri Sturluson, Jesse L. Byock
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The source of inspiration for modern works as diverse as the tetralogy of Wagner and Tolkien ” The Lord of the Rings, Snorri Sturlson of Edda en Prose is a collection of pagan tales that are among the most influential of all myths and legends, translated with notes and an introduction by Jesse Byock in Penguin Modern Classics.The Edda in Prose is the most famous of all the works of Scandinavian literature and our largest source of Norse mythology.Written in Iceland, a century after the end of the Viking era, it tells ancient stories of the epic Nordic creation and tells the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves of the struggle for survival.It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior of kings and queens.Clearly interspersed prose with powerful singing, the Edda provides an incomparable glimpse of “tragic gods” awareness that the future holds us a final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed.This translation by Jesse Byock captures the strength and subtlety of the original, while its introduction presents the tales fully in the context of Norse mythology.This edition also contains notes and appendicesSnorri Sturlson (1179-1241) was an Icelandic descendant of the poet and hero of Saga d’ Egil, Egill Skallgrimsson.He was one of the most famous writers of the saga, the author of L’ Edda en Prose, which was written as a handbook for young poets who wanted it to praise the kings, and Heimskringla, a history of the kings of Norway, in prose the most important prose from the collection of Old Norse literature.If you liked Edda in Prose, you could, like the legend of Beowulf, also available in Penguin Classics.
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