A close translation accompanies the text to give the non-specialist reader a strong sense of the original
The variety and quality of the poems reveal the genius of the poets of the Viking age
Detailed and authoritative commentary
This volume presents four of the most intricate and fascinating mythological poems of the Poetic Edda, with parallel translations and individual introductions and commentaries. 'Havamal', notable for its unforgettable flashes of beauty and despair, explores the nature of human knowledge. 'Hymiskvida' is the boisterous tale of the giant Hymir. 'Grimnismal', the lay of Grimnir, the Visored God, is a dramatic monologue spoken by
Odin. The final poem, 'Grottasoengr', is the song of two girls kept as slaves by King Frodi to work at his magic grindstone. Ursula Dronke provides new and illuminating textual readings of these celebrated works.
Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780198111825 Number of pages: 172 Weight: 432 g Dimensions: 238 x 169 x 23 mm