By Carolyne Larrington,Judy Quinn,Brittany Schorn

this is often the 1st accomplished and available survey in English of previous Norse eddic poetry: a awesome physique of literature rooted within the Viking Age, that's a severe resource for the examine of early Scandinavian myths, poetics, tradition and society. Dramatically recreating the voices of the mythical prior, eddic poems distil moments of excessive emotion as human heroes and supernatural beings alike grapple with betrayal, loyalty, mortality and love. those poems relate the main recognized deeds of gods comparable to Óðinn and Þórr with their adversaries the giants; they bring about to existence the usually fraught interactions among kings, queens and heroes in addition to their encounters with valkyries, elves, dragons and dwarfs. Written via major overseas students, the chapters during this quantity show off the poetic riches of the eddic corpus, and demonstrate its relevance to the historical past of poetics, gender stories, pre-Christian religions, paintings heritage and archaeology.

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