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“The Vikings strike again! Very inspiring. What a time in which to live.”Eddie Edwards wrote this review Friday, May 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“awesome but hard to understand”Nathaniel B wrote this review Thursday, July 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book, compiled ca. early 13th century, is basically a primer on Norse mythology for aspiring poets of that era. It is written in a straight up prose format with occasional snatches of relevant poetry thrown in.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section of the book takes the from of a king questioning three aspects of Odin about various mythological topics. It reads like a cross between a wisdom contest and a catechism. The second section presents more stories, as told by a bard/god to another man/god (I was a little unclear on their identities) as well as some instructions on clever ways for a poet to refer to various gods, people, objects, etc. Like most popular translations of this work, the version I read (Penguin Classic) did not have the third section which is a long poem which provides a very technical discussion on poetic devices.
It was an interesting read and helpful in better understanding Norse mythology told in other forms. However, the somewhat haphazard arrangement of stories and facts (some more interesting than others) makes me prefer reading re-tellings or translations of more coherent stories (e.g. the Volsung saga as retold in Tolkien's "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun").”
“The brilliant original book of Norse mythology.”Deepak R wrote this review Friday, November 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent. Provides a lot of data.”AcerJay wrote this review Tuesday, July 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A translation of a fascinating and enjoyable work of Norse mythology. The Prose Edda, a 13th century Icelandic document, is one of the most essential surviving works on this subject. It is divided into three parts, only two of which (Gylfaginning, or "The Deluding of Gylfi", and Skaldskaparmal, or "Poetic Diction") appear in this translation. The Edda includes creation myths, accounts of the gods and the goddesses, and many legends of their deeds, as well as the stories of renowned warriors such as Sigurd the dragonslayer, King Hrolf Kraki, and Halfdan. This is a very short book, with short sections, and is extremely readable. A memorable experience, as well as a central document of Scandinavian history and culture. ”Michael wrote this review Monday, April 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Norse Mythology is fun to read. Crazy Vikings had nothing better to do than drink and tell drunken stories. Oh, and pillage.”Coco wrote this review Sunday, March 9, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No