Publisher : Penguin UK
Release Date : 2005-07-28
ISBN 13 : 014191274X
Total Pages : 224 pages
Rating : 4.4/5 (191 users downloads)
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Download or read book The Prose Edda written by Jesse L Byock and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 2005-07-28 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Prose Edda is the most renowned of all works of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. Written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. In clear prose interspersed with powerful verse, the Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed. These tales from the pagan era have proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.