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Edda Explained

Edda at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1771, by some identified with the name of the old woman in the O.N. poem "Rigs?¢®ul," by others derived from O.N. o?ur "spirit, mind, passion, song, poetry" (cognate with O.Ir. faith "poet," L. vates "seer, soothsayer"). 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. ///

Edda at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Body of ancient Icelandic literature. Contained in two 13th-cent. books, it is the fullest and most detailed source for modern knowledge of Germanic mythology. The Prose Edda (or Younger Edda or Snorra-Edda; c.1222), a handbook on poetics by Snorri Sturluson, explains diction and meter in skaldic and Eddic poetry and recounts tales from Norse mythology. The Poetic Edda (Elder Edda, Sæ mundar Edda; c.1250-1300) is a collection of mythological and heroic poems of unknown authorship composed c.800-1100. These austere lays are the oldest surviving antecedents of the Nibelungenlied legends.

Edda at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Edda \Ed"da\, n.; pl. {Eddas}. [Icel., lit. great-grandmother
(i. e., of Scandinavian poetry), so called by Bishop
Brynj['u]lf Sveinsson, who brought it again to light in
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.

Note: There are two Eddas. The older, consisting of 39 poems,
was reduced to writing from oral tradition in Iceland
between 1050 and 1133. The younger or {prose Edda},
called also the {Edda of Snorri}, is the work of
several writers, though usually ascribed to Snorri
Sturleson, who was born in 1178.

edda at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: tropical starchy tuberous root [syn: {taro}, {taro root}, {cocoyam},
2: 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 Scandanavian mythology

Edda at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: etyl » non|en Inter: term » edda||grandmother|lang=non

Proper noun

Inter: en-proper nou » n
  • A collection of Old Norse poems and tales from two medieval manuscripts found in Iceland.

    Derived terms

    * Poetic Edda
    • Prose Edda


      * adde, Dade, dead

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    Proper noun

    Inter: head » de|proper noun
  • Inter: Norse mythology » lang=de Edda.
    1. Inter: given name » female|lang=de, shortened from Inter: etyl » gem|de compound names beginning with Ed- or Edel-.

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    Inter: sv-noun » g=c
  • an Edda


    Inter: sv-noun-reg-or » edd

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    Related words:

    Edda of Snorri  Eddaic  eddan  eddans  Eddas