Norse Mythology Eddic Poetry - Essay

Eddic Poetry

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Lee M. Hollander (1927)

SOURCE: "Were the Mythological Poems of the Edda Composed in the Pre-Christian Era?," in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. XXVI, 1927, pp. 96-105.

[In the following essay, Hollander examines the problem of dating the Eddic poems and considers their relation to paganism and Christianity.]

"Concerning the mythological poems of the Edda, it follows from their very contents and their relation to paganism that they were composed in heathen times. Precisely this fact is an excellent point of departure for dating them."

I quote this assertion from Finnur Jónsson's (shorter) 'History of...

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