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on 30 June 2017
The best way for me to describe this book is that it is the bible of the Norse men.

It has all the main details and stories to explain the start of time to the end of it in their beliefs.

If you have an interest in learning about the Norse beliefs, to find out who's who, or for more information on the age long stories of the gods and goddesses, this is a very good starting point.
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on 7 June 2017
Wanted the info and it had it.
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on 11 July 2017
As a complete novice, but someone who enjoys mythology, this book was a fun read. Would enjoy more mythology books in this style
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on 19 September 2017
Classic, but difficult to read and to follow the plot. If you are into Scandinavian mythology then it is a must.
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on 11 September 2017
Good
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on 5 February 2012
This work, together with the Elder Edda which covers much of the same material in verse form, comprises the very core of what we know as Norse myth. Often, original sources of this type can be either dry, academic translations or incomprehensible, esoteric hodgepodges. Not so here.

The stories of the Aesir and the mortal heroes they influenced are among some of the exciting and fascinating known to man. Not only a vivid picture of the northern world at that time, they are also simply great tales, with violence, passion, trickery and magic by the bucketload. The characters, from the straightforward, somewhat brutish Thor to the wise, mysterious Odin and the cunning, mischievous Loki are endlessly entertaining in all their many adventures.

This is a great translation, too, sacrificing none of the linguistic complexity of the originals while maximising comprehension. Any confusing parts are explained in (fully hyperlinked) notes; even more usefully, there is a full glossary/index of terms and names at the back, including original spellings and translations of every name. Further appendices offer an overview of the Norse mythology as well; this is a volume that caters for both the long-time nordic scholar or the casual reader.

An essential purchase, then, and one that I would recommend to anyone interested in the myths; start here, and then venture the Elder Edda for the full experience.
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The Prose Edda, or Snorra Edda, is a wonderful manual for Icelandic poets written at a time when first-hand knowledge of Norse mythology and poetic technique was fading. Alongside long sections on poetic diction, which are included only selectively in this translation, are the most authoritative prose versions of the great mythological stories. Without Snorra Edda, we would have little understanding of the web of story, because the poems themselves are so allusive that many of them are hard to understand without first knowing what they are about.

The Penguin Classics translation is functional rather than inspirational. Even so, its up to date language and conservative translation approach make this the most generally accessible Prose Edda translation I've come across.
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on 4 June 2016
10/10
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on 13 January 2017
thasnk!
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on 16 November 2016
Excellent reference book on Norse Mythology.

Helena Paterson November 2016
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