Edda by Haraldur Bessason

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Author
Haraldur Bessason
Publisher
University of Manitoba Press
Date of release
Pages
344
ISBN
9781283090704
Binding
ebook
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Rating
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Book review

But the king's heart swells, bulging with courage in battle, where heroes sink down…

Over a period of twenty years Snorri Sturluson, scholar, courtier and poet, compiled the prose Edda as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings. His work surveys the content, style and metres of traditional Viking poetry and includes a lengthy poem of Snorrie's own, praising the king of Norway. Ironically, Snorri was killed in his own cellar in Iceland in 1241 on the instigation of the king of Norway, as a result of political intrigue.

The Edda contains the most extensive account of Norse myths and legends that has survived from the Middle Ages as well as the popular stories of Odin winning back the mead of poetic inspiration and Thor fishing for the Midgard serpent.


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