Download Henry Adams Bellows - The Poetic Edda PDF eBookThe Poetic Edda—along with The Prose Edda—is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends. The book contains a compilation of Old Norse poems mainly preserved in the Icelandic medieval manuscript, Codex Regius. Beginning from the 19th century, it becomes a great influence on later Scandinavian literature.
The book depicts an epic story beset with vengeance, gore, heroism, sex, courage, and apocalyptic violence. It is a great tragic literature, with vivid descriptions of the emotional states of the protagonists, Gods and heroes alike. Women play a prominent role in the Eddic age, and many of them are delineated as skilled warriors.
The poetic style used has been considered as an influential model for many later innovations in poetic meter, particularly in the Nordic languages, offering many varied examples of terse, stress-based metrical schemes working without any final rhyme, and instead using alliterative devices and strongly concentrated imagery.
The translation version here is compiled by Henry Adams Bellows. It is highly readable, providing comprehensible notes for better understanding while the translation work itself is exceptional in preserving the atmosphere and emotion of the original text, which is important because those aspects are the main attraction of the work that has charmed many people including the famous J.R.R. Tolkien, who plundered the Eddas for atmosphere and plot materials in his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
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"The Poetic Edda" comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times. Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, "The Poetic Edda" was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized.
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• Author: Henry Adams Bellows (Translator);
• Genre/Subject: Classic, Mythology;
• Language: English;
• PDF Pages: 382;
• File Size: 1 MB;
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