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The name Edda (“great-grandmother”) is applied in one 14th-century Icelandic ms. to the work now know as The Prose Edda (PrE) or Snorri's Edda. Seventeenth-century Icelandic scholars extended the name to a recently discovered collection like the presumed source of PrE, now known as The Poetic Edda (PE) or Elder Edda. These two are referred to in studies of myth and religion as the “eddas,” but as an adjective “eddic” designates similar poetry elsewhere in Icelandic literature.


PE, as it exists in an Icelan…

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Harris, Joseph, “Edda”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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