Prose Edda

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Prose Edda

 

(also Snorri’s Edda, Younger Edda), a work written by the Icelandic prose writer and poet Snorri Sturluson between 1222 and 1225. The Prose Edda is divided into a prologue and three parts. Many of the pagan myths recounted in the work appear in no other source. In one section Snorri explains the significance of the kennings (metaphorical expressions) and heiti (poetic synonyms) used in skaldic poetry and illustrates his explanations with examples from the works of the skalds. The Prose Edda also contains an original narrative poem with a prose commentary in a style reminiscent of a scholastic treatise.

PUBLICATION

In Russian translation:
Mladshaia Edda. Afterward by M. I. Steblin-Kamenskii. Leningrad. 1970. (Contains bibliography.)
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In part III, Nordal explores the influence of learned writings on the skalds, comparing the theoretical presentation of anthropomorphic diction in Snorra Edda and the Third Grammatical Treatise with skaldic practice.
Nordal makes a much better case in her analysis of the changing conventions of gold-kennings, which illuminate the possible twelfth-century Danish roots of Snorra Edda.
It narrates a myth which is found nowhere else, and is not quoted in Snorra Edda.
Referencing is frequently sketchy, and the bibliography, though generous over secondary and archaeological material, often omits literary sources completely (for example, Snorra Edda, Heimskringla, Islendingabok, Landnamabok) or only cites translations (for example, Germania, Saxo, the Mabinogion).