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  1. The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
    The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
    The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
    The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
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  2. The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)

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"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. 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. Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping.  With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." --Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Jackson Crawford
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

the philological skills of the author are evident in this careful translation. No pretender to the throne, Dr. Crawford brings to bear all the necessary historical linguistics, consummate mastery of the entire Norse corpus, and shrew literary judgement to produce a more authentic experience of the style and rhetoric of the Poetic Edda than has ever been rendered in English. While translation of poetry can never truly avoid doing violence and injustice to the source material, this translation injures least.
There's a difference... actually, there's an abyss between a translation and a true, high quality social localization. That means conveying the work in a way it respects the original context and makes it available to a foreign audience in the right context. That's not easy. But the reader can sense when reading a mere translation or a true localization. Mr. Crawford has given us the context of the Edda in a language we can truly feel and visualize the Edda in its full wonder.
While the actual translation of the original Old Norse poetry is superb, skillfully capturing the rhythmic meter of the ancient Skaldic poetry, the bonus features such as the engrossing, comprehensive introduction to Viking society, as well as Dr. Crawford's whimsical "Cowboy Havamal" help to bring these venerable texts to life.
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