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Poetic Edda (Translation) [Kindle Edition]

Anonymous , Henry Adams Bellows

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-Translated into English by Henry Adams Bellows.
A collection of poems from Old Norse oral tradition, the Poetic Edda, along with the Prose Edda, is the most important work of Old Norse Literature. As with epics in other cultures, the poems contained in the Edda were originally passed down between poets and singers, so that original authorship is unknown.

In addition to its literary significance to historical Norse culture, the Poetic Edda has influenced later authors and poets, from Karin Boye to Ezra Pound to J.R.R Tolkien.

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  • Print Length: 472 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005230U2I
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor formatting 29 Dec. 2010
By Ryan - Published on
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Technically, this is Bellows's translation, but formatted poorly. Other editions actually put spaces in between the lines of poetry. And do a better job of separating the footnotes from the stanzas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Mar. 2012
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This is probably my biggest source for the Lore of the Norse people. It is one of the oldest collections of these stories, you feel a connection to the gods when reading about them here. Some will say it is dry but I have never found that to be the case. These vital and vibrant stories merit being read in their most original form. Whether you are Asatru reading religiously or just studying Norse mythology this is where you should start.
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Non-standard translation makes for intrusive read. 6 Feb. 2010
By J. Johansson - Published on
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This translation uses nonstandard terms which do not conform to the common English terms used for most of the characters and places. Bellows actually points out that this is done deliberately, and even that it will "undoubtedly perplex and annoy those who have become accustomed to one or another of the current methods of anglicising Old Norse names." For example, Bellows translates "Ožin" as "Othin." While this is quite likely truer to the original sound of the word "Ožin", it does not match the English "Odin", nor the more commonly accepted Old Norse version: Óšinn. In fact, it does not even match the current name "Oden" in use in Scandinavia. Many other names have been "less" or differently translated, such as "Baldr" (Baldur, or Balder in common Scandinavian usage), "Voluspo" (Voluspa). A few take a while to figure out what they mean, such as "Mithgard" (apparently Mižgardr, commonly translated as Midgard in English, Midgård in Sweden, from the generally accepted Old Norse "Mišgaršr"). Someone who is more of scholar of Old Norse might actually question the accuracy of Bellow's interpretation of the original.

Some may appreciate this translation. For me, at least, this translation was intrusive enough to go look for a different translation of the Poetic Edda.
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