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The Poetic Edda by Anonymous
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May 26, 09

Recommended for: native speakers of Anglo-Saxon, etins
Read in May, 2009

The introduction states that the Edda is "a repository, in poetic form" of mythology and heroic lore "bodying forth both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times." It is also, for the most part, boring as fuck. It may be an interesting read if you are a fan of English before it got corrupted by all those French and Latin borrowings, or don't mind stopping several times a page to find out the meaning of an obscure or terribly archaic word or name.

Not to depreciate the skill of the translator — I'm sure great skill and care went into the rendition of the original into the current text — but reading these poems rife with unfamiliar accents and names impossible to pronounce undermined for this reader the translator's preservation of the meter of the original. I had hoped to use these poems to peer into a lost era. Instead I muddled through murky events half-seen, a foreign fog poorly illuminated by brief flashes of clarity like a movie viewed while distracted and drunk.

There is a catalog of dwarfs at the end, in case you are into that sort of thing.
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message 1: by ba (new)

ba I paged through a catalog of dwarfs once in a brothel in Belarus...


message 2: by Claudette (new)

Claudette amusing


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Isavarg windgefonna!


Riobhcah You are obviously so addled in the brain from our popular "culture" that you see no value in history or learning from your ancestors. Sad that this seems to be the affliction of the majority of society today.


Mike @Rivqah — your ideas intrigue me. Please tell me more, after I finish watching the latest episode of Real Housewives of Jotunheim.


message 6: by ba (new)

ba @Rivqah really "gets" you.


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