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Old Norse Poems

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"Old Norse poetry encompasses a range of verse forms written in Old Norse, during the period from the 8th century (see Eggjum stone) to as late as the far end of the 13th century. Most of the Old Norse poetry that survives was preserved in Iceland, but there are also 122 preserved poems in Swedish rune inscriptions, 54 in Norwegian and 12 in Danish. Poetr
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Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 4th 2008 by Forgotten Books (first published 1936)
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Neil
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: norse

In 1903 the Swiss scholar Andreas Heusler published his Eddica Minora, which was a selection of Eddic poems that he extracted from the Fornaldarsogur's and translated into modern German. Following Heusler's collection came this English language version of the same poems translated by Lee Milton Hollander.

This collection contains poems such as Hollander's English translation of Axel Olriks reconstructed Bjarkamál and a few from the Tyrfing Cycle, including The Battle of the Goths and Huns and The
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Joel Mitchell
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-plays
This collection is a must-read for anyone interested in Old Norse poetry. It is an excellent complement to The Poetic (Elder) Edda. In these violent, vengeance-driven poems, Lee Hollander does an excellent job of maintaining a meter/alliteration scheme that closely approximates the original Norse. The poems themselves are fragmentary, but provide a dramatic look into the brutal Norse "heroic age."

The only downside to this book is its formatting. Parts were obviously scanned from some other form
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Joseph F.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
For those out there who have read the Eddas and am looking for some buried treasure concerning Norse mythology, then this is for you. Here you will find further stories of heroes, battles, Odin, Valhalla and Valkyries. My only gripe is that the translation is not an easy read. Hollander strikes me as a scholar's scholar: if the English is not archaic and unidiomatic, then there is something wrong.
Corbin
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 23, classics, epics, poetry, riddles
Decent selection, crap translation. Not worth it unless you're going to bother to read it in the Old Norse. English just doesn't bend that way.
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