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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199675341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199675340
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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I am interested in medieval women, mythology, Arthurian literature, and, primarily, Old Norse-Icelandic literature. I teach most of these subjects at Oxford University. At the moment I'm working on a book on siblings in medieval literature and am about to bring out a new version of my translation of the Poetic Edda.

Coming next: an edited collection of essays on emotion in Arthurian literature, and something I'm really excited about - a book called provisionally Journeys through the Land of the Green Man which will relate British folklore and supernatural belief to the large existential questions we all have to grapple with in life.

I love to read crime fiction set in Scandinavia, preferably in the original languages; and I am a great fan of Game of Thrones. I am thinking about writing a medievalist's companion to the series, from direwolves to giants to dragons.


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Larringtons version of The Poetic Edda has been beautifully translated, and the flow of each poem is perfect. (Kirsty Hewitt, Book Hugger)

A 750-year-old haul of Icelandic verse might not sound like cutting-edge entertainment but these sinewy sagas include such modern elements as gutsy heroines and ultra-violence. (Christopher Hirst, Independent)

these sinewy sagas include such modern elements as gutsy heroines and ultra-violence (Independent)

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Carolyne Larrington has published widely on Old Norse myth, legends, and literature, inlcuding co-editing two volumes of essays on eddic poetry wiht Paul Acker. Her books include King Arthur's Enchantresses: Morgan and Her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition (IB Tauris, 2006) and Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children's Books (with Diane Purkiss, Bodleian Library, 2013).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. J. Wyatt on 9 May 2013
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For information, the contents of The Elder Edda (Penguin) and The Poetic Edda (Oxford) are the same, something I only discovered after ordering. The Poetic Edda is the more commonly used title (in conjunction with the Prose Edda by Snorri)so perhaps the Penguin title is slightly misleading for the unwary. Both translations are good and well annotated but you probably don't need to own both.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ILSS on 8 Jan. 2013
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This was purchased to replace a copy lost during a move. My beliefs can be largely summed up in just three books. This is one of them. There are a number of translations of the Poetic Edda, this one by Carolyne Larrington is the one I like best which is why I've bought just this one for now.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Slater on 11 Jan. 2005
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The "Elder" or "Poetic" "Edda" is the modern name for a set of Old Norse mythological (mainly about gods) and heroic (mainly about humans) poems, found in a limited number of Icelandic manuscripts, the most important of which is damaged, and missing pages, and does not agree with other copies, and quotations in other medieval texts. The exact list of poems included in "The Poetic Edda" varies slightly, with editors and translators having a little leeway.
The exact meaning of the name is uncertain -â€" it may indicate "Poetics," it may just mean "(the book written) at Oddi" in Iceland. In either case, the name originally designated a mainly prose work by Snorri Sturluson, the "Younger" or "Prose" "Edda" describing the mythology of his ancestors, and how to compose or understand poems in the traditional style based on references to it. The present group of poems in a simpler style, some of which were cited by Snorri, was for a time attributed to another Icelander, Saemund the Wise, who was vaguely described as having also written an "Edda," and it was sometimes called "Edda Saemundar" ("Saemund's Edda"), as against "Snorri's Edda." Under these various titles, the collections has been translated into English many times, in prose and verse, beginning in the nineteenth century; with some portions appearing in English as early as the eighteenth century.
The "World's Classics" series from Oxford University Press finally included a translation of this famous collection in its list in 1997; it has since been reprinted in the slightly refurbished and renamed series of "Oxford World's Classics."
In it, Carolyne Larrington followed the 1983 revision of the Neckel-Kuhn text edition, without giving specific notice of all of its decisions on how to resolve contradictions in the manuscript evidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher DM Smith on 16 Feb. 2010
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This translation has proved very helpful, providing useful explanatory notes, genealogy of main characters and excellent introduction. The translation itself is ideal for either the casual reader or the more serious scholar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Willow on 3 Jan. 2012
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A must read for anyone hankering after understanding the ancient Norsemen and their Pagan belief system. A comprehensive study with good translation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luddite Writer on 21 Aug. 2013
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The book is what it says it is; a very good, very clear, translation of texts which otherwise might be inaccessible to many people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Louis Des Preaux on 4 Nov. 2014
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This, the Poetic or Elder Edda is a must for anyone interested in our own Norse-Germanic culture. The Lay of the High One contains much practical and arcane wisdom. But do not waste time reading this. Buy it and read it. Then read it again !
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