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  • The Prose Edda

  • The Rasmus Björn Anderson Translation
  • Written by: Snorri Sturluson
  • Narrated by: Collin Moore
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Eight hundred years ago, an heir to the Vikings collected their myths and wrote them down. Here are those original tales of Odin and Thor, magic and might, presented for your listening enjoyment.

The Prose Edda (also known as Snorri's Edda or The Younger Edda) is a manual of poetics written by Snorri Sturluson around the year 1220. In it, Snorri compiled the old myths and legends of the Norsemen, in order that poets from his time might draw on these stories to keep the Icelandic-Viking heritage alive. 

Although they are a secondary source, they remain one of our oldest references for the original Norse Myths, as the Vikings themselves told them.

©2020 Ayrton Parham (P)2020 Ayrton Parham

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A Must-Have Classic

I'd always wanted to read this, so this Audible version was a god-send for me. This is simply the best introduction to Norse mythology that there is. Despite being a translation of an Old Icelandic text, it is very accessible.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 2021-11-12

Well-performed, but the names are tough going

I enjoyed this. It’s very well-read, and the translation — although it’s a bit old-fashioned, and a little “cleaner” than the original, to judge by a comparison with Jesse Byock’s version — is easy enough to follow…. with one exception. As happens so often with these medieval texts, and it seems Scandinavian and German texts for me in particular, the names are difficult to catch in audio. It may be my hearing: I like to see the names spelled out, and sometimes it’s as if I can’t quite “hear” them if I can’t see them. Fortunately a number of the names appear in the chapter headings, which are incorporated into the file. A PDF listing ALL the names (perhaps in order of appearance) would be a welcome addition.

Having just listened to the Ukemi recording of the Lay of the Nibelungs, I was interested to hear that story reproduced in miniature here. I hadn’t realized it was part of the cycle. Also amusing to hear Thor come off so badly in several of the tales about him. I’m really glad to have finally gotten around to this one: the Prose Edda has been on my list for years.

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  • michael burrage
  • 2021-10-13

amazing read

amazing reading, excellent to listen too would definitely recommend to anyone interested in Norse mythology

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-09-13

Well read

This is a great translation and is read very well. Best one I’ve heard thus far

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  • Joe morello
  • 2022-08-16

good...but.

only issue I can see is the pronunciation of aesir. I feel it should be pronounced (ay-seer) the way it sounds now sounds a lot like asses rather than aesir.

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  • Ever Nolasco
  • 2022-02-07

Norse Mythology

A must book for all who love Norse Mythology
It is the main source and it is a good one.