|Translator||Jesse L. Byock|
|My Copy||cheap penguin paperback|
|First Read||March 30, 2017|
The Prose Edda
These are the canonical set of Norse myths, the oldest writing and most definitive set. They were written by Snorri Sturlason, who was writing them down a few hundreds of years after the Xianization of Iceland & the nordic countries.
See Nancy Marie Brown's The Song of the Vikings for a great writeup of Snorri's life, and short retellings of the most compelling stories).
They're written within a wrapper narrative, where king Gylfi / aka Gangleri has a quiz with High, Just-As-High, and Third - serving as narrative ligaments to string together disparate facts and stories. I presume it also served as a prophylactic distancing mechanism so the powerful catholic bishops and priests didn't throw a fit about these pagan stories.
Noted on April 25, 2017
And now, if you have anything more to ask, I can't think how you can manage it, for I've never heard anyone tell more of the story of the world. Make what use of it you can.
Quoted on April 25, 2017