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on 28 October 2017
This is a review of Byock's Penguin Prose Edda.
This is simply a really pedestrian, dull translation and abridged, as others complain.
To (mis)quote Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, it's filthy muck and there's not enough of it!
It just reads like an endless catalogue of meaningless names and creatures. It was written in 1220 by a Christian whose audience still knew the pagan names but needed them to be tied down. We don't know them and need something more sympathetic.
Read any version but this one - e.g. even the old Pelican Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R.Ellis Davidson presents Sturluson better than this. I also have somewhere the Everyman version and the Dover poetic Edda, both of which seem far better than Byock.
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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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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 30 October 2012
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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