These tales from the pagan era have proved to be among the most influential of all myths and legends, inspiring modern works as diverse as Wagner's Ring Cycle and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It also preserves the oral memory of heroes, warrior kings and queens. Written in iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, giants, it tells ancient stories of the Norse creation epic and recounts the battles that follow as gods, dwarves and elves struggle for survival.
The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer Penguin ClassicsPenguin #ad - R. At its heart are the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires magical knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. R. One of the great books of world literature, unrequited love, the saga is an unforgettable tale of princely jealousy, greed and vengeance. Yet it is also set in a very human world, incorporating strands from the oral narratives of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire.
. Based on viking age poems, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend and sheer human drama. Tolkein and for Wagner's Ring cycle. With its cursed treasure of the Rhine, sword reforged and magic ring of power, it was a major influence for writers including William Morris and J.
The Poetic Edda Oxford World's ClassicsOUP Oxford #ad - The poetic edda begins with the Seeress's Prophecy which recounts the creation of the world, and looks forward to its destruction and rebirth. The one-eyed odin, and the giants who aretheir enemies walk beside the heroic Helgi, Loki the trickster, the lovely goddesses, red-bearded Thor, Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, Brynhild the shield-maiden, and the implacable Gudrun.
She sees, eternally green;the waterfalls plunge, coming up a second time, an eagle soars above them, earth from the ocean, over the mountain hunting fish. After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and life is renewed. This translation also features the quest-poem The Lay of Svipdag and The Waking of Angantyr, in which a girl faces down her dead father to retrieve his sword.
The Poetic Edda Oxford World's Classics #ad - Comic, witty, and profound, grandiose, tragic, instructive, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and speak to us as freely as when they were first written down seven hundred and fifty years ago. In this great collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry, the exploits of gods and humans are related.
The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Hackett ClassicsHackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Here it is at last Odin be praised! and well worth the wait. Jackson crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, motivations, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, and values of the Vikings.
Dick ringler, professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. These amazing texts from a 13th-century icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.
The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Hackett Classics #ad - The poems of the poetic edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice.
The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki Penguin ClassicsPenguin #ad - Depicting a world of wizards, sorceresses and 'berserker' fighters - originally members of a cult of Odin - this is a compelling tale of ancient magic. Composed in medieval iceland, hrolf's Saga is one of the greatest of all mythic-legendary sagas, relating half-fantastical events that were said to have occurred in fifth-century Denmark.
It tells of the exploits of king hrolf and of his famous champions, including Bodvar Bjarki, the 'bear-warrior': a powerful figure whose might and bear-like nature are inspired by the same legendary heritage as Beowulf. A work of timeless power and beauty, it offers both a treasury of Icelandic prose and a masterful gathering of epic, cultic memory, traditional folk tale and myths from the Viking age and far earlier.
The Sagas of the Icelanders World of the SagasPenguin #ad - Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, peopled by characters with depth, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, hate, and explore perennial human issues like love, fate and freedom. In iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age.
A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's great literary treasures, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as epic as Homer, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, North America.
The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok Hackett ClassicsHackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members—including, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, among others, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda Hackett, 2015 comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature.
The Story of Burnt Njal Njal's Saga Xist ClassicsXist Classics #ad - Divided into three parts, this prose epic deals with friendship, tragedy and retribution and is a breathtaking look at Medieval Norse culture. This xist classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. Find more great titles on our website. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.
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The Elder Edda Legends from the Ancient NorthPenguin #ad - He was hugely influential for his advocacy of beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.
They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations. They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, chivalry, quests, trials of strength. They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth Midgard which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.
The Elder Edda Legends from the Ancient North #ad - Part of a new series legends from the ancient north, all was well with them: until One beganTo encompass evil, The Elder Edda is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings'So the company of men led a careless life, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit.
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The Poetic EddaUniversity of Texas Press #ad - Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, in poetic form, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.
Collected by an unidentified icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. The poetic edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage.
The Poetic Edda #ad - This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the mood, the rhythm, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says "may well grace anyone's bookshelf. ".
The Vikings and Their Age Companions to Medieval Studies Book 1University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division #ad - Philibert introduce students to the process of historical inquiry. This study also benefits from a multi-disciplinary approach including insights and evidence from such diverse disciplines as archaeology, religion, linguistics, philology, and genetics. Viking biographies provide students with information on important figures in Viking lore such as Harald Bluetooth, and Gudrid Thorbjarnardaughter, Eirik the Red, Leif Eiriksson, a female Viking traveler.
Text boxes provide information on outsider perceptions of the Vikings, a detailed account of a Viking raid, and a description of a chieftain's dwelling in Arctic Norway. The companion begins by defining the Viking Age and explores topics such as Viking society and religion. A compelling chapter entitled "How Do We Know About the Vikings?" and a case study on the wandering monks of St.
The Vikings and Their Age Companions to Medieval Studies Book 1 #ad - This book, culture, is a brief introduction to the history, the first in our Companions to Medieval Studies series, and religion of the Viking Age and provides an essential foundation for study of the period. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of the Vikings and their legacy. Pedagogical resources include a detailed chronology, study questions, 4 maps, a glossary, and 14 images.