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This is an essential read for anyone with an interest in Northern European religion, politics, social rules and customs. The book contains a good translation of the Codex Regius (CR) text and in-depth background notes that cross-reference other parts of the CR and other texts pertaining to a people whose cultural legacy is like the night sky - bright and vivid lights of historical fact separated by vast dark tracts of historical fiction. For anyone intending to read the broader set of sagas and tales from this period, this book provides the foundational underpinning that explain some of the customs and lores assumed within other texts.
My recommendation is to read the background… Read more