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The Prose Edda: Or, Younger Edda (Forgotten Books) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Snorri Sturluson

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30. Januar 2008
Book Description:

"The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Icelandic poet and politican Snorri Sturlson, who also wrote the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know. The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri was a Christian, he treated the ancient Pagan mythology with great respect. To this end, Snorri created a quasi-historical backstory for the Norse Gods. Hence the Prose Edda is of interest because it contains one of the first attempts to devise a rational explanation for mythological and legendary events. It is also notable because it contains fragments of a number of manusripts which Snorri had access to, but which are now lost." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Introduction; Prologue; Gylfaginning; SkÁldskaparmal; Abbreviations

About the Publisher:

Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

Forgotten Books is about sharing information, not about making money. All books are priced at wholesale prices. We are also the only publisher we know of to print in large sans-serif font, which is proven to make the text easier to read and put less strain on your eyes.



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"Snorri Sturluson (1178 - September 23, 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet and politician. He was three-time 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. As a historian and mythographer, Snorri is remarkable for proposing the theory (in the Prose Edda) that mythological gods begin as human war leaders and kings whose funeral sites develop cults (see euhemerism). As people call upon the dead war leader as they go to battle, or the dead king as they face tribal hardship, they begin to venerate the figure. Eventually, the king or warrior is remembered only as a god. He also proposed that as tribes defeat others, they explain their victory by proposing that their own gods were in battle with the gods of the others." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Very informative, but hard to take in... 2. Oktober 2010
Von Sarah - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book has a lot of valuable information about norse mythology and some theories that seem very reasonable and make you think, however, I don't know if its the way the writer worded it or what but I often find myself having to stop and really think and ask myself questions like "Okay what could that mean?", I often have to go over the information and put it in a way that I can actually understand it. Its quite frustrating and confusing. There are also numerous references to wikipedia, which is okay but come on, go do your own research if you're going to write a book... I was very disappointed because of that. I would feel comfortable saying it was a waste of money just because of the wikipedia references, I want to read a book where someone went and researched the mythology first hand and wrote a book about it.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Great content, bad version 7. August 2010
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Students of mythology will get a lot out of this book, however, this version has some problems. It was scanned in electronically apparently, and there are numerous typos. This isn't a massive problem, but it is annoying, and for a serious student could be an issue if proper nouns or important terms are spelled incorrectly. I assume that this results from the publisher's methods.

I have read a lot of mythology, but it would have been nice to have had a preface or introduction that explained the content and gave historical and cultural background to the material within. Granted, this is a book primarily appealling to specialists, but a brief introduction would have helped the general reader who is interested in mythology to get a better grasp of what is going on.

You might want to try another version from a different publisher.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Norse tales 25. Oktober 2009
Von Joan G. Zakrzewski - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a book on the original religion of Scandinavia. You might call it myth, I call it religion. These Gods and Goddesses were just as important to the people who believed in them, as Jesus is to the Christian World. This is the Bible of the Norse World, with the stories of Oden, Thor, Valkorie, etc. If you want to know this religion, read this book.
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