Snorra Edda

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The Snorra Edda (Old Norse 'Snorri's Edda') is a didactic work about the art of skaldic poetry written around 1220 by Snorri Sturluson. The three sections of the work are:

The Snorra Edda is also known as Prose Edda or Younger Edda as opposed to the Poetic Edda.

The meaning of edda is uncertain. Theories include:

1) From Old Norse edda = 'great grandmother'

2) From Old Norse óðr = 'poetry, poem'

3) From Old Norse edda = 'book from Oddi' (the farm where Sæmundr, the supposed author of the Poetic Edda, lived and where Snorri spent his youth

4) From Latin edo = 'I declare'

5) From Proto-Norse *eddr = 'honoured' (less likely)

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References

  1. Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)