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Icelandic Lore


This page indexes all of the content at sacred-texts 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, also known as the Elder Edda. A complete version of this key text, scanned at sacred-texts. Highly readable with extensive, useful notes.

 The Prose Edda
of Snorri SturlsonArthur Gilchrist Brodeur, tr. [1916].
The Prose Edda, 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]
Contributed by the

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

 The Laxdaela Saga
Translated by Muriel Press [1899]

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

 The Life and Death of Cormac the Skalda
Translated by W.G. Collingwood and J. Stefansson [1901]
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 The Story of Viga-Glum
Translated by Sir Edmund Head [1866]
Contributed by the

 The Norse Discovery of America
by Arthur Middleton ReevesNorth 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]
Contributed by the

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.