Snorri Sturluson: Edda AUTHOR Snorri Sturluson

Ed or that I didn t understand Odin s motivation for acting as he did It is after all from the 13th century written by someone we might characterize as an Icelandic warlord and yet as removed as I am it s still fascinating The book is genuinely funny at times and the stories of the Norse gods and goddesses have a sense of humor to them that ven the Greek myths can often miss The first book is a kind of Norse catechism where a traveler is shown around Asgard and Midgard and has the cosmology of the Norse universe Nerds explained to him in a uestion and answer session After that comes a kind of poet sncyclopedia or dictionary where the origins of words and names for things become jumping off points for the stories about the various gods and giants and whatnot and its structure is very interesting Imagine if the Iliad had a companion volume that Zack (Areion Fury MC explained all thepithets and that s what you have here Some of the sections start as uestions while others are just informational but that they all come from names and that so very many names Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, exist for gold isspecially revealing is a uniue way of telling this story whether it was Mr Sturluston s intention to be structurally inventive or not It is again a Christian Iclander s retelling of Norse legends in the 1200s which makes it interesting but hard to ContamiNation evaluate or give a rating to on a site like this Can t say I had a bad time reading it though AcknowledgementsIntroduction NotesFurther ReadingNote on the TranslationMap The Geographical World of the Edda The Prose Edda Prologue Gylfaginning The Deluding of GylfiSkaldskaparmal Poetic Diction Mythic and Legendary Tales Poetic References from Skaldskaparmal Translated by Russell Poole Appendices1 The Norse Cosmos and the World Tree2 The Language of the Skalds Kennings and Heiti 3 Eddic Poems Used as Sources in Gylfaginning Genealogical TablesNotesGlossary of Names The Edda is a collection of Norse myths written in the 13th century by a dude named Snorri It s where we got most of our knowledge of Norse mythology today and it s wicked awesome I learned for instance that your legs may humpach other and produce a child while you re asleep which is something I m going to be careful about from now on And that mead started as god spit then turned into blood and Taxi ins Glück ended up being farted out of Odin s ass which is by a train of logic that actually kinda makes sense when you read it why it s called the drink of poets These are important things to knowI also learned that much of what I learned from reading Thor comics when I was 13 isn t totally accurate There s no mention at all of him being in the AvengersInjoyed learning about the Norse poetic style of kenning where the point is to pile image upon image to make a complicated chain of meaning For instance spurner of the bonfires of the sea where bonfires of the sea refers to the sun s reflection off it which is golden and a spurner of gold would be a generous man That s cool because it s xactly what rappers do Here s an xample from the mighty Dres of Black SheepI try to stay aware of the drama it s crazyPlus see I got to tell your mama that I m SwayzeHere Swayze refers to the late actor s classic movie Ghost and ghost means he s gone so Dres is saying that he s leaving your mama Which must be sad for herI m not saying that rappers were influenced by Vikings That would be an awesome thing to say but not a reasonable one I m just saying there s sortof a kinship thereIt s not Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas every day that you get to learn about the spiritual connection between hip hop and Vikings This is a cool book man. Be among the most influential of all myths and legends inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the RingsThis new translation by Jesse Byock captures the strength and subtlety of the original while his introduction sets the tales fully in the context of Norse mythology Thisdition also includes detailed notes and appendic.

Another splendid look at Icelandic and Old Norse Literature by UCLA professor Jesse L Byock who has become probably the most respected scholar in the area worldwide outside of perhaps Iceland Here are told all the tales of the Aesir the Gods Odin Thor Loki Freya and the The Magic Rolling Pin eventual doom that overtakes their world at Ragnarok when the Fenriswolf and the Midgard Serpent are loosed upon the world tree Yggdrasil There is an incredible pathos to Norse mythology Odin sees and calmly discusses thend of him the gods and the world they inhabit Wow Amazing piece of literature Every time I finish reading one of these for the first time I feel not as if I have accomplished a task but been invited across a deep river to a faraway land In this case this river is black and icy and the land beyond it filled with Giants and their rocks and the gods in their mead hall I ve been meaning to read both this and the Poetic Edda for a while now and starting the Icelandic Sagas was just the kick in the pants I needed to do it I felt like I could use some cultural context and Snorri here provides it in spades Norse mythology is fascinating in that it represents a belief system that was actually practiced not so long ago relatively speaking Rome officially converted in the Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, early 300s and I think that most of Europe outside thempire was at least nominally Christian by the 7th century or so So the fact that Scandinavia remained pagan until after the 1st millennium and probably much longer than that in remote areas makes it rather uniue There is a fun contrast between the grand designs and personalities of Norse mythology Namely the Norse understanding of the cosmos is beautiful and Not Without a Fight elegant and its gods and other characters are rather not Their construct of the universe centers around the tree Yggdrasil the branches and roots of which support the nine worlds of men gods giantslves and the dead A giant serpent gnaws on the root of the tree threatening to destroy it but the tree is kept alive by three Norns who are analogous to the Fates The Norse version of the apocalypse Ragnarok was my favorite of the stories Ragnarok begins when Yggdrasil shudders the Fenris wolf is loosed in the world and the giant serpent surrounding the Garden Bouquets and Beyond earth joins his side It culminates in the death of nearly all the gods and the destruction of the world in flames and floods It gave me chills I would love to know how much of the story is colored by Christian interpretations of older material and how much is justerily similar to the apocalypse story in Revelations That being said there are probably only so many ways to have an Armageddon so maybe the similarities are just natural The gods and goddesses and creatures that figure in these myths are definitely interesting but they largely lack the polish of the creation and apocalypse myths These are gods that were dreamed up by people who lived pretty darn close to the Arctic Circle before The Unseen Wonder electricity so logically they are tough and brutal and just a little scary It kills me that people refer to Loki as a trickster god It seems a little inappropriate touate Loki s bloody mayhem and maliciousness with schoolboy shenanigans However I fully accept that the Vikings and I may have somewhat different senses of humor Although considering that the gods did The Management Bible end up tying him to a rock with his son s intestines so a snake could dripxcruciating venom into his face for Zu schnell eternity perhaps they didn t find him all that funnyither Next in line is Thor who is kind of a jerk He seems to be unduly popular considering that he s constan. 'What was the beginning or how did things start What was there before' The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most Sleepless (Bird of Stone, extensive source for Norse mythology Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age it tells ancient stories of the Norse creationpic and recounts the battles that follow as gods giants dw.

Tly bashing people s heads in with his hammer very time he gets a bit cross Not very gentlemanly but I suppose I do see the appeal that his temper and asily offended honor might have had to a society centered around warrior culture His one redeeming moment came after Loki cut off all of Thor s wife Sif s pretty hair and he threatened to break very bone in Loki s body unless he swore to fix it I actually found that uite sweet Odin is scary but good I think it s the ravens that freak me out or maybe the pet wolves I m also a little creeped out by his valkyries who swoop down and snatch men who have died in battle On a side note what an interesting conception of heaven Valhalla is getting up in the morning chopping your friends to bits with war axes and then sitting down to some serious mead drinking by breakfast time all miraculously healed so you can do it all again tomorrow The goddesses were a little difficult to get a handle on personality wise They seem to be less manipulative and horrible than their Greco Roman counterparts but that s about all I could get Frigg is the ueen of the gods and she sees veryone s fate but tells no one Freyja is the Aphrodite of the group Hel guards the realm of the dead and Idun possesses the magic that keeps the sir Invisible (The Curse of Avalon eternally young There are others of course but the women are just very remote in the stories At the verynd and completely unexpected was the Yummy Supper extremely melodramatic story of Sigurd Gunnar and Brynhild I knew that old Wagner got it from somewhere I just didn t know it was from here Ick It s not his fault but Sigurd will onlyver make me think of Nazis and bad loud opera featuring hefty women in horned helmets Lots of fun and definitely my style than nymphs and satyrs frolicking in meadows you arth is flat me an intellectual arth is the world tree yggdrasil The Sigur R s playlist fittingly is on and we are back in business The army musterer gave mountain haunting ravens their fill The raven got full on she wolf s prey and spears rang Expectations versus reality You hear the term bandied about all the time and while my Deep Listening experience of it at least in the literature sphere might not have been asxtreme as some I feel I m coming closer to understanding that concept having finished the Edda I wasn t xpecting to give this such an average rating medieval Iceland and Norse myth Sounds like a perfect blend like those Christmas peppermint hot chocolates they used to do at Starbucks but things started to go downhill after the story based Skaldskaparmal devolved into what appeared to be just another ordinary textbook What saved this one from a lower rating was the first 100 pages or so and some of those morbidly beautiful poetic descriptions that made me wonder if I could get away wit Did you know that all the Norse gods sir are descended from Priam of Troy and therefore from Zeus himselfDid you know apparently the Icelandic authors of the Viking myths are actually Plato disguised to continue his sick addiction to one sided interrogation for infodumpIf you did not this book is for you So after diving headlong into ancient Norse mythology and history by way of the Heimskringla The Poetic Edda and Sagas of Icelanders in turn I ve become ver interested in the subject and medieval literature generally There simply isn t Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature enoughxtant well preserved material to satisfy the desire to know verything often we re left with as many uestions as answers It s sort of strange to give a review of a book like this as if I can sit here and complain that Thor s character feels underdevelop. Arves and lves struggle for survival It also preserves the oral memory of heroes warrior kings and ueens In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realisation that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle Ragnarok when the world will be destroyed These tales from the pagan ra have proved to.

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Snorre Sturlason was an Icelandic historian poet and politician He was twice elected lawspeaker at the Icelandic parliament the Althing He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda which consists of Gylfaginning the fooling of Gylfi a narrative of Norse mythology the Skáldskaparmál a book of poetic language and the Háttatal a list of verse forms He was also the author of the Heimskringla a history of the Norwegian kings that begins with legendary material in Ynglinga saga and moves through to early medieval Scandinavian history For stylistic and methodological reasons Snorri is often taken to be the author of Egils saga