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Publisher Description

"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait.

These amazing texts from a thirteenth-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.

Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." —Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jackson Crawford
hr min
November 13
Blackstone Audio

Customer Reviews

Elric19999 ,

Great tone, great voice: engrossing!

Jackson Crawford’s voice sounds like the ringing of Thor’s Hammer on an anvil in Valhalla

Walkingdeadx ,

Thanks Jackson

Chapter 11 is the Havamal, that chapter alone is worth the price.

I listen to it once a week

Jeffrey D. Loy ,

An Excellent Audio Adaptation

Recently, I decided to go back over The Poetic Edda. Given the fact I drive an hour to work every day, I decided to look for an audiobook version and found/purchased this, and I was not disappointed.

Jackson Crawford provides a very down to earth translation, and I found his narration and introductions to each poem engaging. Of additional interest was the “Cowboy Havamal” he provided at the end. Hearing such an ancient poem spoken in more recent vernacular could really serve as a bridge for greater understanding, for Americans in particular (given the fact it’s spoken in a Western American dialect).

Overall, I think this is a fantastic adaptation that would be great for first-time readers (listeners in this case) and those looking for a quick refresher or simply a different take on the translation.

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