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The Younger Edda

The Prose, or "Younger" Edda is an Old Norse compendium for the instruction of poets, composed and/or compiled by Snorri Sturluson in Iceland circa 1220 A.D. The work exists in seven incomplete manuscripts dating from the early 14th century to 1600. It has many similarities to the Elder Eddas (covering much of the same material), but with many significant differences as well, and is very likely based on a common source (now lost) that both works share.

Snorri's Edda (as it is often called) consists of three parts - Gylfaginning (the Tricking of Gylfi), Skáldskaparmál (the Language of Poetry), and Háttatal (a list of poetic verse-forms) - plus an introductory Prologue which gives a Christianized pseudo-historical account of Norse mythology which explains pagan beliefs as true events inflated to legendary proportions through ages of elaboration and exaggeration. The purpose of the work is ostensibly to educate prospective poets in their craft, a task for which Snorri employs well known motifs and episodes in Norse mythology as examples, consequently rendering the Prose Edda an important source of knowledge on the subject for the modern age.


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The Prose or Younger Edda  (Dascent, 1842)

Earliest English translation of the Gylfaginning section.

The Younger Edda  (Blackwell, 1847; 1906 Edition)

Collects just the mythological tales without the commentary
or sections of poetic erudition.

The Younger Edda  (Anderson, 1879; 1901 Edition)

Includes the complete Gylfaginning, plus the "important passages" of Skaldskaparmal, along with copious notes.

The Prose Edda  (Brodeur, 1916)

Google scan of 1st print edition. Scandinavian Classics, Vol.V.

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