Friday, August 04, 2006

Norse Edda from Iceland

'Sæmundar og Snorra Edda' is the name (however accurate or otherwise) given to a 1760 Icelandic manuscript by Ólafur Brynjúlfsson.

There are two major sources that chronicle the legends of Norse mythology.

The 'Poetic Edda' (or 'Sæmundar Edda' or 'Elder Edda') is a collection of alliterative poems (Edda) from the 13th century Icelandic Codex Regius. [Erroneously attributed to a 12th century Icelanic priest, Sæmundar Sigfússon - so sayeth the modern scholars]. The poems are thought to date from the 10th century.

The 'Younger Edda' (or 'Prose Edda' or 'Snorri Edda'), which includes a narrative of Norse mythology and a manual for understanding the nuances of the alliterative poetics, was written by the Icelandic historian and parliamentarian, Snorri Sturluson, also in the 13th century.


Michael Röhm said...

Those are some incredible images! Thank you!

david M said...

Great, Thank you.

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