The Prose Edda

The Prose Edda

Norse Mythology

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Penguin Putnam

Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological
complexity of the Old Icelandic original.

  • First time in Penguin Classics
  • Includes an introduction; explanatory notes; glossary; appendices on the Norse cosmos, language, and sources, a map; genealogical tables; suggestions for further reading


Random House, Inc.
Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological
complexity of the Old Icelandic original.
  • First time in Penguin Classics

  • Includes an introduction; explanatory notes; glossary; appendices on the Norse cosmos, language, and sources, a map; genealogical tables; suggestions for further reading



Blackwell North Amer
Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the source of most of what we know of Norse mythology. Its tales are peopled by giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods live with the tragic knowledge of their own impending destruction in the cataclysmic battle of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s creation to its violent end. This robust new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the Old Icelandic original.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2005
ISBN: 9780140447552
0140447555
Branch Call Number: 839.68 Sn58p 2005
Characteristics: xxxv, 180 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Byock, Jesse L.
Alternative Title: Edda

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NicholasVize
Jul 10, 2018

I thought this is a great book, it gives the readers a good understanding of Norse mythology. The book is short and easy to read with excellent diagrams and charts in the back to help the reader understand Norse Mythology better which is helpful because the Eddas are not always straightforward.
The reason why I gave the book only 4 stars rather than 5 stars is because there were a few instances in the book that I felt were not necessarily translated well. Likewise, I had heard other translations of the Prose Edda by Dr. Jackson Crawford which slightly differed from this translation. In the other translation, the author explains the original language and how the words can mean different things but explains his opinion for what he believes to be the correct translation. Because this book does not go into detail on its specific translation, I am not fully content with this translation; however, this is still a great book that will give its readers a good grasp on Norse Mythology.

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