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Elder or Poetic Edda, Vol. 1 Forgotten Books
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Excerpt from The Elder or Poetic Edda, Vol. 1: Commonly Known as Sćmund's Edda Thus, with a few modern additions, Seemund's Edda is an early collection of much older lays, some mythical and some heroic: the mythical lays only are given here, although, as regards style and authorship, no line of distinction can be drawn between them. Brief passages in prose have been added at some later period; the poems themselves belong to somewhat different dates, and show the work of different hands; some are fragmentary, and have suffered from re arrangement and interpolation; all are more or less obscure. They point back to lost traditions, forgotten creeds, and, it is suggested, a wealth of early poetic literature and mythology which are common to the Germanic race they lead us forward also to the more intelligible account of Snorri's prose book, which is the earliest commentary on the subject. This cannot rank with the primitive sources of tradition except in so far as it quotes old fragments from lost poems and strophes of those found in the Edda. Christian and foreign inżuence, the orderly mind of the scholar, the shaping hand of the artist have left their traces behind. In one or two cases we can even correct his misinterpretations where an earlier and perhaps grander myth, less understood in the narrow light of mediaeval learning than by the broader and more comparative knowledge of today, has become over grown by some later fairy tale. We are obliged, however, to rely on Snorri's version where all other explanation is wanting for gaps and obscurities in the poems; indeed there is little else to throw light upon the subject. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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