The Elder Edda (Bray Translation)


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The Elder or Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems dating from the thirteenth century CE. Though no two translators or editors seem to agree on precisely which poems should be included in this collection, the Elder Edda is the most important source for Norse mythology and legends of northern European heroes. The later "Younger" or Prose Edda, gathered or transcribed by Snorri Sturluson in about 1220 CE, is the other such source, largely drawing on and even directly quoting from the poetic material of the Elder Edda. Even the uninitiated reader of the Eddas may find them familiar in sound, rhythm, and content because of their considerable influence on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and his Middle Earth fantasies. Though the Bray edition is entitled "The Elder or Poetic Edda, commonly known as Sæmund's Edda," even at the time of its 1908 publication no scholar still believed that the twelfth-century Icelandic scholar Sæmundur Sigfússon had anything to do with the Poetic Edda; whoever actually compiled and transcribed these old oral myths is unknown to modern scholarship. This recording is of Part I (Mythological Poems), including elegant introductory material by translator and scholar Olive Bray. It does not include the Icelandic of the facing pages in this parallel bilingual edition. ( Expatriate) (6 hr 39 min)

Chapters

Introduction, Pt. 01 (General) 29:08 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 02 (The Sayings of Grimnir) 21:00 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 03 (The Wisdom of All-Wise) 8:19 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 04 (The Words of the Mighty Weaver) 12:11 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 05 (The Words of Odin, the High One) 19:39 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 06 (The Lay of Hymir) 12:28 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 07 (The Lay of Thrym) 7:08 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 08 (The Story of Skirnir) 5:58 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 09 (Day-Spring and Menglöd) 11:04 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 10 (Greybeard & Thor) 14:52 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 11 (The Song of Rig) 7:47 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 12 (The Lay of Hyndla) 18:50 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 13 (Baldr's Dreams) 20:03 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 14 (Loki's Mocking) 16:37 Read by Expatriate
Introduction, Pt. 15 (The Soothsaying of the Vala) 21:29 Read by Expatriate
I. The Sayings of Grimnir 13:42 Read by Expatriate
II. The Wisdom of All-Wise 7:45 Read by Expatriate
III. The Words of the Mighty Weaver 11:24 Read by Expatriate
IV. The Words of Odin, the High One 35:12 Read by Expatriate
V. The Lay of Hymir 8:06 Read by Expatriate
VI. The Lay of Thrym 6:38 Read by Expatriate
VII. The Story of Skirnir 9:26 Read by Expatriate
VIII. Day-Spring and Menglöd 13:27 Read by Expatriate
IX. Greybeard & Thor 9:46 Read by Expatriate
X. The Song of Rig 9:31 Read by Expatriate
XI. The Vala's Shorter Soothsaying 3:01 Read by Expatriate
XII. The Lay of Hyndla 7:51 Read by Expatriate
XIII. Baldr's Dreams 3:23 Read by Expatriate
XIV. Loki's Mocking 15:13 Read by Expatriate
XV. Fragments From Snorri's Edda 4:47 Read by Expatriate
XVI. The Soothsaying of the Vala 14:12 Read by Expatriate