The Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda

Volume III Mythological Poems II

Edited with translation, introduction and commentary by The late Ursula Dronke

Clarendon Press

  • 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