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The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
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Jan 07, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: medieval-literature, myth-legend-saga-etc, classics, for-class
Read in March, 2010

I really enjoyed The Prose Edda. It's well-worth reading, and it sheds light on a surprising number of references in other media -- not just stuff like The Lord of the Rings, but also, for example, the names of monsters in the Shin Megami Tensei games. It's not really surprising, given what a wealth of mythology is contained in this book. I'm really looking forward to the lectures about it, and will probably write my essay on it, if the essay titles are good... It also makes me more enthusiastic (and I was already enthusiastic) about the idea of learning Old Norse next year.

The translation is clear and easy to understand. I realised that the translator is the same as for my copy of The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, Jesse Byock, and I recommend his translation work, definitely. Also, this edition comes with a good introduction and a lot of helpful notes.
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