Prose Edda

Prose Edda

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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).

Eddic, Eddaic [e-dey-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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Edda (ˈɛdə)
1.  Elder Edda, Also called: Poetic Edda a collection of mythological Old Norse poems made in the 12th century
2.  Younger Edda, Also called: 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
[C18: Old Norse]

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Word Origin & History

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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