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Poems of the Elder Edda by Anonymous
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Nov 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: europe, medieval, pagan, poetry, religion-mythology, norse

The source material is extremely variable in quality and coherence. It's none the fault of the author and translator, who has done an admirable job creating a lucid English rendering of the Poetic Edda, but it makes for rather difficult reading. It's best absorbed with accompanying material and/or other accounts of the materials treated.

Some of its poems do electrify - particularly the magnificent Völuspá, which foretells the end of time, when the great wolf Fenris will devour the sun and the tree of the heavens shall burn.

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