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Edda

[ed-uh] /ˈɛd ə/
noun
1.
either of two old Icelandic literary works, one a collection of poems on mythical and religious subjects (or) erroneously attributed to Saemund Sigfusson (c1055–1133), the other a collection of ancient Scandinavian myths and legends, rules and theories of versification, poems, etc. (or) compiled and written in part by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241).
Related forms
Eddic, Eddaic
[e-dey-ik] /ɛˈdeɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Edda

/ˈɛdə/
noun
1.
Also called Elder Edda, Poetic Edda. a collection of mythological Old Norse poems made in the 12th century
2.
Also called Younger Edda, Prose Edda. a treatise on versification together with a collection of Scandinavian myths, legends, and poems compiled by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241), the Icelandic historian and poet
Derived Forms
Eddaic (ɛˈdeɪɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for eddic
Edda
1771, by some identified with the name of the old woman in the O.N. poem "Rigsþul," by others derived from O.N. oðr "spirit, mind, passion, song, poetry" (cognate with O.Ir. faith "poet," L. vates "seer, soothsayer;" see wood (adj.)). It is the name given to two Icelandic books, the first a miscellany of poetry, mythology, and grammar by Snorri Sturluson (d.1241), since 1642 called the Younger or Prose Edda; and a c.1200 collection of ancient Gmc. poetry and religious tales, called the Elder or Poetic Edda.
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