from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A collection of Old Norse poems, called the Elder or Poetic Edda, assembled in the early 13th century.
- n. A manual of Icelandic poetry, called the Younger or Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241).
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- proper n. A collection of Old Norse poems and tales from two medieval manuscripts found in Iceland.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The religious or mythological book of the old Scandinavian tribes of German origin, containing two collections of Sagas (legends, myths) of the old northern gods and heroes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A book written (in prose) by Snorri Sturluson (born about 1178, died by assassination 1241), containing the old mythological lore of Scandinavia and the old artificial rules for verse-making; also, a collection of ancient Icelandic poems.
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- n. either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology
- n. tropical starchy tuberous root
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The Elder or Poetic Edda is far more challenging, but it is one of the references Snorri often uses in relating his own tales.
The name Edda was a version of her mother's name Ella.
This use of the word Edda is incorrect and unhistorical, though convenient and sanctioned by the use of several centuries.
Amos Cottles translation of the Edda is published, & I have brought over a copy for you. you know it was my intention to write him some lines that might be prefixed, & perhaps sell some half dozen copies among my friends. you will find them there.
But the poem in the Edda is the oldest connected form of the story.
The elder Edda, which is the fountain of the mythology, consists of old songs and ballads, which had come down from an immemorial past in the mouths of the people, but were first collected and committed to writing by
In the "Edda" this accomplishment is singled out for special praise:
In the prose "Edda," the dwarfs tell a monstrous fib, when they pretend that Kvasir, the inventor of poetry, has been suffocated by his own wisdom.
The first of these is the poetic or older "Edda", also called Saemund's "Edda", as it was assigned to the celebrated Icelandic scholar Saemundr Sigfusson.