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The Elder Edda

A Book of Viking Lore

Anonymous - Author

Andrew Orchard - Translator

Andrew Orchard - Editor

Andrew Orchard - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140435856 | 432 pages | 26 Jul 2011 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The greatest source of knowledge of Viking lore.

The mythology surrounding ancient Norse gods and heroes has inspired countless writers and artists, including Tennyson, Wagner, William Morris, Tolkien, Borges, and Auden. Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270 and based on sources dating back centuries earlier, these poems tell of the heroic deeds of gods and mortals: the giant- slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hell-ride of Brynhild, and the cruelty of Atli (Attila the Hun). Eclectic, incomplete, and fragmented, the verses nevertheless retain a stark beauty and enthralling power, opening a window onto the thoughts, beliefs, and hopes of the Vikings and their world.