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.