The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Audiobook, by Jackson Crawford Play Audiobook Sample

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Audiobook

The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Audiobook, by Jackson Crawford Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jackson Crawford Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781982597559

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Longest Chapter Length:

33:33 minutes

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22 seconds

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05:03 minutes

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“The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a thirteenth-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion’s share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc. Jackson Crawford’s modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today’s readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings.”—Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

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“If you have an interest in classic Norse literature, this audiobook is required listening. If all you know about the Norse gods comes from Marvel, it will be a revelation. Jackson Crawford, who translated, introduces, and reads the text, also brings a knowledge of correct pronunciation, which will be unfamiliar to most. As a bonus, he translates one of the poems into ‘cowboy-style’ English. The general introduction and the introductions to the individual poems are clear and informative as they locate the works in a mythos that is unfamiliar to many.”

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  • “An excellent and entertaining work that succeeds in achieving its intended purpose: to create an accessible and readable English translation of The Poetic Edda. Crawford’s knowledge of and passion for the topic is clear throughout, and he strikes an excellent balance between approachability and authenticity. I will most certainly be using this translation when I teach Norse mythology in the future and will recommend it to anyone looking for an approachable introduction to the subject.”

    — Natalie M. Van Deusen, University of Alberta, in Scandinavian-Canadian Studies


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About Jackson Crawford

Jackson Crawford earned his PhD in Scandinavian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA in linguistics from the University of Georgia. He has taught Norse mythology, the Old Norse language, and the history of the Scandinavian languages at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Instructor of Nordic studies and coordinator of the Nordic program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.