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Icelandic Lore

This page indexes all of the content at BeyondWeird related to Icelandic lore, including the Eddas and Sagas. There are also modern retellings of Northern lore.

The Eddas

The Eddas are the primary texts for the study of Northern mythology.

The Poetic Edda Henry Adams Bellows, tr. [1936].
The Poetic Edda is also known as the Elder Edda. This is a complete version of this key text, scanned at BeyondWeird. The translation is highly readable and has extensive, useful notes.

The Prose Edda of Snorri Sturlson; Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, tr. [1916].
Also known as the Younger Edda.

Old Norse Poems by Lee M. Hollander [1936]

The Sagas

The Sagas are historical legends, but often have supernatural or mythological elements. Besides being sophisticated and very enjoyable narrative literature, they also contain illuminating details of life in old Iceland.

The Story of the Volsungs with extracts from the Poetic Edda. by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson [1888].
The Story of Grettir the Strong translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris [1869].
The Story of Egil Skallagrimsson (Egil's Saga), Translated from the Icelandic by W.C. Green [1893]

The Story of Burnt Njal Translated by George Webbe Dasent [1861]

The Story of Gisli the Outlaw by George Webbe Dasent [1866]

The Life and Death of Cormac the Skalda 110,951 bytes
The Story of Viga-Glum. Sir Edmund Head, translator [1866]

The Norse Discovery of America by Arthur Middleton Reeves, North Ludlow Beamish, and Rasmus B. Anderson [1906]
All of the Sagas and documents relating to the Norse voyages to 'Vinland'.

Icelandic Sagas, Vol. 3: The Orkneyingers Saga by George W. Dasent [1894]

Modern Retellings

The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum, Illustrations by Willy Pogany [1920].
A retelling of the Eddas and the Volsung Saga for young adults.

Teutonic Myth and Legend by Donald Mackenzie [1912]
The Eddas, Volsung Saga and other Northern Lore.