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A Handbook to Eddic Poetry
Myths and Legends of Early Scandinavia

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Carolyne Larrington, Margaret Clunies Ross, Joseph Harris, Judy Quinn, Bernt Ø. Thorvaldsen, Terry Gunnell, John Lindow, Jens Peter Schjødt, Stefan Brink, Lilla Kopár, John Hines, Brittany Schorn, R. D. Fulk, Maria Elena Ruggerini, David Clark, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, Heather O'Donoghue
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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107135444

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  • This is the first comprehensive and accessible survey in English of Old Norse eddic poetry: a remarkable body of literature rooted in the Viking Age, which is a critical source for the study of early Scandinavian myths, poetics, culture and society. Dramatically recreating the voices of the legendary past, eddic poems distil moments of high emotion as human heroes and supernatural beings alike grapple with betrayal, loyalty, mortality and love. These poems relate the most famous deeds of gods such as Óðinn and Þórr with their adversaries the giants; they bring to life the often fraught interactions between kings, queens and heroes as well as their encounters with valkyries, elves, dragons and dwarfs. Written by leading international scholars, the chapters in this volume showcase the poetic riches of the eddic corpus, and reveal its relevance to the history of poetics, gender studies, pre-Christian religions, art history and archaeology.

    • Provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to this exciting corpus of medieval poetry, written by international experts in the field
    • Situates eddic poetry in relation to material culture (manuscripts and archaeology) and is attentive to the representation of gender in the poems
    • Demonstrates the continuing relevance and popular reach of eddic poetry in modern and contemporary culture
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    'Once again, Larrington has stepped up to the plate, with her co-editors Judy Quinn and Brittany Schorn, to provide this very welcome compendium of scholarly commentary, not on the whole of the mythology, but on the medieval Icelandic poetry in which it is recorded - poetry of the kind that was used by Snorri as the basis for his first in the line of many prose retellings … The volume as a whole will encourage many readers in a renewed engagement with these wonderful poems, preferably in the original language, and make them realize how much deeper and richer these 'sources' are than even the best modern retelling.' Judith Jesch, The Times Literary Supplement

    '… a skillfully edited book that will serve the intended purpose to present a wide range of contemporary eddic studies to researchers and students. It is interesting to read such diverse approaches to a single area of Old Norse studies, and it is fascinating to see proponents of oral theory juxtaposed with advocates of New Philology in a single book.' Lukas Rösli, Scandinavian Studies

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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107135444
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Carolyne Larrington
    1. The transmission and preservation of eddic poetry Margaret Clunies Ross
    2. Traditions of eddic scholarship Joseph Harris
    3. The editing of eddic poetry Judy Quinn
    4. The dating of eddic poetry Bernt Ø. Thorvaldsen
    5. Eddic performance and eddic audiences Terry Gunnell
    6. Eddic poetry and mythology John Lindow
    7. Eddic poetry and the religion of pre-Christian Scandinavia Jens Peter Schjødt
    8. Eddic poetry and heroic legend Carolyne Larrington
    9. Place names in eddic poetry Stefan Brink and John Lindow
    10. Eddic poetry and the imagery of stone monuments Lilla Kopár
    11. Eddic poetry and archaeology John Hines
    12. Eddic modes and genres Brittany Schorn
    13. Eddic metres R. D. Fulk
    14. Eddic style Brittany Schorn
    15. Kennings and other forms of figurative language in eddic poetry Judy Quinn
    16. Alliterative lexical collocations in eddic poetry Maria Elena Ruggerini
    17. The representation of gender in eddic poetry David Clark and Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir
    18. The reception of eddic poetry Heather O'Donoghue.

  • Editors

    Carolyne Larrington, University of Oxford
    Carolyne Larrington is Official Fellow and Tutor at St John's College, University of Oxford.

    Judy Quinn, University of Cambridge
    Judy Quinn is Reader in Old Norse Literature in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge.

    Brittany Schorn, University of Cambridge
    Brittany Schorn is a Research Associate in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge.

    Contributors

    Carolyne Larrington, Margaret Clunies Ross, Joseph Harris, Judy Quinn, Bernt Ø. Thorvaldsen, Terry Gunnell, John Lindow, Jens Peter Schjødt, Stefan Brink, Lilla Kopár, John Hines, Brittany Schorn, R. D. Fulk, Maria Elena Ruggerini, David Clark, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, Heather O'Donoghue

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