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The Poetic Edda by Anonymous
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Jan 21, 11

really liked it
Recommended for: Those who love poetry of the kind like Beowulf

" So weave we weird sisters our war winning woof..." I did not start out to read Old Norse poetry. I was looking up something regarding the Valkyrie for a piece I was writing and I came across this one line. Needless to say, the spectacular alliteration got me. I picked up this book from the library and read through it. Found in these poems are the stories of the Valkyrie, Jörmunrekkr, king of the Goths, the Nibelung and, if I recall correctly, even references to Attila the Hun. The structure is excellent with a plethora of rhythm and rhyme that make you want to turn page after page. This is one of my favorite books of poetry and I highly recommend it if you have a love of Norse mythology or are remotely intrigued by the oral traditions passed down through the ages concerning such persons as Attila the Hun. If you long to get lost in days of old or spend your time carousing with heroes and legends of old, this is the poetic fancy that can lead you down that path.
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