The Poetic Edda, Volume 1

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Lee M. Hollander
University of Texas Press, 1986 - Literary Collections - 343 pages
30 Reviews

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. This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says "may well grace anyone's bookshelf."

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User Review  - Rory - Goodreads

The closest thing to a primary source on Norse mythology. Although none of them are perfect, Hollander's translation is my favorite because he gives us a poetic meter closer to that of the original Old Norse, but the Bellows translation is far more technically accurate. Read full review

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User Review  - Angus Mactavish - Goodreads

Hands-down the best translation of this I have ever read (Lee Hollander's translation). Read full review

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Lee M. Hollander was Professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin and an authority in Nordic language and literature.

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