The Elder Edda (Bray Translation)

Sæmund SIGFUSSON (1056 - 1133), translated by Olive BRAY (? - ?)

The Elder or Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems dating from the thirteenth century CE. Though no two translators or editors seem to agree on precisely which poems should be included in this collection, the Elder Edda is the most important source for Norse mythology and legends of northern European heroes. The later "Younger" or Prose Edda, gathered or transcribed by Snorri Sturluson in about 1220 CE, is the other such source, largely drawing on and even directly quoting from the poetic material of the Elder Edda. Even the uninitiated reader of the Eddas may find them familiar in sound, rhythm, and content because of their considerable influence on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and his Middle Earth fantasies. Though the Bray edition is entitled "The Elder or Poetic Edda, commonly known as Sæmund's Edda," even at the time of its 1908 publication no scholar still believed that the twelfth-century Icelandic scholar Sæmundur Sigfússon had anything to do with the Poetic Edda; whoever actually compiled and transcribed these old oral myths is unknown to modern scholarship. This recording is of Part I (Mythological Poems), including elegant introductory material by translator and scholar Olive Bray. It does not include the Icelandic of the facing pages in this parallel bilingual edition. ( Expatriate)

Genre(s): Children's Non-fiction, Sagas, Other religions

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction, Pt. 01 (General) Expatriate
00:29:08
Play 02 Introduction, Pt. 02 (The Sayings of Grimnir) Expatriate
00:21:00
Play 03 Introduction, Pt. 03 (The Wisdom of All-Wise) Expatriate
00:08:19
Play 04 Introduction, Pt. 04 (The Words of the Mighty Weaver) Expatriate
00:12:11
Play 05 Introduction, Pt. 05 (The Words of Odin, the High One) Expatriate
00:19:39
Play 06 Introduction, Pt. 06 (The Lay of Hymir) Expatriate
00:12:28
Play 07 Introduction, Pt. 07 (The Lay of Thrym) Expatriate
00:07:08
Play 08 Introduction, Pt. 08 (The Story of Skirnir) Expatriate
00:05:58
Play 09 Introduction, Pt. 09 (Day-Spring and Menglöd) Expatriate
00:11:04
Play 10 Introduction, Pt. 10 (Greybeard & Thor) Expatriate
00:14:52
Play 11 Introduction, Pt. 11 (The Song of Rig) Expatriate
00:07:47
Play 12 Introduction, Pt. 12 (The Lay of Hyndla) Expatriate
00:18:50
Play 13 Introduction, Pt. 13 (Baldr's Dreams) Expatriate
00:20:03
Play 14 Introduction, Pt. 14 (Loki's Mocking) Expatriate
00:16:37
Play 15 Introduction, Pt. 15 (The Soothsaying of the Vala) Expatriate
00:21:29
Play 16 I. The Sayings of Grimnir Expatriate
00:13:42
Play 17 II. The Wisdom of All-Wise Expatriate
00:07:45
Play 18 III. The Words of the Mighty Weaver Expatriate
00:11:24
Play 19 IV. The Words of Odin, the High One Expatriate
00:35:12
Play 20 V. The Lay of Hymir Expatriate
00:08:06
Play 21 VI. The Lay of Thrym Expatriate
00:06:38
Play 22 VII. The Story of Skirnir Expatriate
00:09:26
Play 23 VIII. Day-Spring and Menglöd Expatriate
00:13:27
Play 24 IX. Greybeard & Thor Expatriate
00:09:46
Play 25 X. The Song of Rig Expatriate
00:09:31
Play 26 XI. The Vala's Shorter Soothsaying Expatriate
00:03:01
Play 27 XII. The Lay of Hyndla Expatriate
00:07:51
Play 28 XIII. Baldr's Dreams Expatriate
00:03:23
Play 29 XIV. Loki's Mocking Expatriate
00:15:13
Play 30 XV. Fragments From Snorri's Edda Expatriate
00:04:47
Play 31 XVI. The Soothsaying of the Vala Expatriate
00:14:12