Definitions for eddaˈɛd ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
either of two medieval Icelandic literary works, the earlier one a collection of traditional poems on mythical and religious subjects, the later one a largely prose compilation by Snorri Sturluson that includes a survey of Norse mythology.
Category: Literature, Mythology
taro, taro root, cocoyam, dasheen, edda(noun)
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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
A collection of Old Norse poems and tales from two medieval manuscripts found in Iceland.
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
The term Edda applies to the Old Norse Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, both of which were written down in Iceland during the 13th century in Icelandic, although they contain material from earlier traditional sources, reaching into the Viking Age. The books are the main sources of medieval skaldic tradition in Iceland and Norse mythology.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to two collections of legends illustrative of the Scandinavian mythology: the Elder, or Poetic, Edda, collected in the 11th century by Sæmund Sigfusson, an early Christian priest, "with perhaps a lingering fondness for paganism," and the Younger, or Prose, Edda, collected in the next century by Snorri Sturleson, an Icelandic gentleman (1178-1241), "educated by Sæmund's grandson, the latter a work constructed with great ingenuity and native talent, what one might call unconscious art, altogether a perspicuous, clear work, pleasant reading still."
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