Edda definition

  • noun:
    • an accumulation Old Norse poems, labeled as the Elder or Poetic Edda, put together in the early 13th century.
    • A manual of Icelandic poetry, labeled as the Younger or Prose Edda, compiled by Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241).
    • The spiritual or mythological guide of old Scandinavian tribes of German beginning, containing two collections of Sagas (legends, fables) for the old north gods and heroes.
    • A book written (in prose) by Snorri Sturluson (produced about 1178, died by murder 1241), containing the old mythological lore of Scandinavia and also the old synthetic principles for verse-making; in addition, a collection of old Icelandic poems.
    • either of two distinct works in Old Icelandic dating from the late 13th century and consisting of 34 mythological and heroic ballads composed between 800 and 1200; the primary source for Scandinavian mythology
    • tropical starchy tuberous root
  • proper-noun:
    • an accumulation Old Norse poems and stories from two medieval manuscripts present Iceland.

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