View Poll Results: Have you read the Edda?

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    Ive read the poetic eddas but have yet to find a copy of the prose edda

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    Quote Originally Posted by svolværing
    Ive read the poetic eddas but have yet to find a copy of the prose edda
    You should be able to order it at most bookshops. I recommend the Everyman edition of it, it also includes Hattatal, which is of course a section left out in most translations. It's also quite comprehensible.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    thanks ill look into that

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    Hast thou read the Eddas ?

    I read the Prose Edda long, long ago, in Heaven knows whose translation. I have also read much of the Prose Edda and parts of the Poetic Edda in a valuable 19th century book titled "Norse Mythology" or The Religion of our Forbears" by R. B. Anderson, A.M. ; Scott Foresman & Co., Chicago, 1896, which contains the Havamal and the Lay of Sigdrifa in a verse translation.

    Anderson's strong Christian bias becomes annoying at times in sections such as "Introduction, Chapter V, Interpretation of Norse Mythology. Abberation from the True Religion." It is also rather amusing to read hows he inveighs at length against the nudity of depictions of the Greek gods as compared to the chaste draped images of the Norse gods [who, after all lived in a much colder climate than the Greeks].

    Where he relates the tales of the Norse gods instead of commenting on them, however, he does very well.

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    Haven`t read any of them fully. But have read some of the poems, like Hàvamål for instance

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    Yup! And I loved it. In fact, the Prose Edda is at the moment on my desk with my Poetic Edda underneath it! I've been using the two as means for guides in helping me write a fantasy story within a semi-historical setting with the mythology tied in.

    Great inspiration!

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    At this point, I'd have to say I much prefer the Poetic Edda over the Prose Edda. The Poetic Edda is a collection of folk poetry as it was, it has the spirit of the Skalds, and of tales carried on through the generations, until they were collected in a written form.

    It is the work of several poets, is thus good at encapsulating the state of the folk soul at the given point in time, and the connection to the divine forces of the people who listened to these stories at the table, at the bedside and at the fire.

    The Prose Edda, however, is one man's work. It is essentially taking those stories and codifying them in a particular way, to operate as a prescriptive, guiding book for future poets. It is valuable as a reference, but it lacks the same expressiveness that the Poetic Edda has.

    It also often lacks the interpretability of certain words, verses and entire stanzas that we find in the Poetic Edda. As such, it resounds more of an academic work than of lived ancient wisdom.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Yes, and now I am working on the Asatru Edda
    The coward believes he will live forever
    If he holds back in the battle,
    But in old age he shall have no peace
    Though spears have spared his limbs

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    Yes, both Poetic Edda & Prose Edda

    I've read the Hollander translation and the Larrington translation of Poetic Edda.
    We also have the Auden-Taylor and the Bellows translations. I've yet to read them, tho.
    I've read the Prose Edda, Everyman translation.
    We have also several books of Norse Myths, by different authors, some written as childrens stories.
    I use them to narrate stories of the Gods & Goddesses, at Blot, when our Lore-speaker is not present.
    All are good reading for anyone interested and active in Asatru, Odinism or Germanic Heathenry.

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    Yeah, almost all norwegian homes has edda and heimskringla

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