Ex Libris Kirkland

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Translator Jesse L. Byock
First Written 1241
Genre Mystery
Origin Iceland
Publisher Penguin Classics
ISBN-10 0140447555
ISBN-13 978-0140447552
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

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