Norse Mythology

Topics: Beowulf, Epic poetry, Heorot, Grendel, Hroðgar, English language / Pages: 10 (2497 words) / Published: Mar 7th, 2011
This essay is written for English 503 and the subject is Norse Mythology. The main sources of our knowledge about Norse Mythology are from the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. Edda is Icelandic for saga and these stories are often to as The Sagas. The Prose Edda was written by Snorri Sturluson from Iceland around the year 1200. Snorri begins the prologue of the book where he explains his understanding of the origin of heathen science. Prose Edda itself is based on belief in the old Nordic gods or heathen, and recounts and explains the faith of men before they were Christian. The book is divided into three main parts, but they are called the Gylfaginning, Skaldskaparmal and Hattatal. In the first section, Gylfaginning (The delusion of King Gylfi) is about the gods and their roles in the world. In addition, will explain how the world and everything in it, was created and the end and what will come after it was destroyed. In the Skaldskaparmal (Language of Poetry) are stories that explain the theory and name, which can be used in place of fiction in everyday words. Hattatal (list of verses) is a collection of ancient poetry which allows us to understand the ancient poetry and the ancient mythology. Prose Edda constitutes our main source of information on ancient mythology. She however, was originally written as a textbook in fiction and served the next few centuries a major role in this field. The Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems found in the Icelandic medieval manuscript Codex Regius. The author of the Poetic Edda is unknown. The Norse Mythology relates to heroes and kings, and also supernatural creatures. Norse Mythology is as popular as ever. JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth saga is stuffed with Norse inspiration and takes the whole thing to a whole new dimension.Viking age is the early age when people believed in the old Nordic gods. They were gods of the settlers and their influence of some vanished after Christianity was enacted here in 1000th in Iceland.


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