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Edda \Ed"da\, n.; pl. Eddas. [Icel., lit. great-grandmother (i. e., of Scandinavian poetry), so called by Bishop Brynj['u]lf Sveinsson, who brought it again to light in 1643.] The religious or mythological book of the old Scandinavian tribes of German origin, containing two collections of Sagas (legends, myths) of the old northern gods and heroes.

Note: There are two Eddas. The older, consisting of 39 poems, was reduced to writing from oral tradition in Iceland between 1050 and 1133. The younger or prose Edda, called also the Edda of Snorri, is the work of several writers, though usually ascribed to Snorri Sturleson, who was born in 1178.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1771, by some identified with the name of the old woman (literally "grandmother") in the Old Norse poem "Rigsþul," by others derived from Old Norse oðr "spirit, mind, passion, song, poetry" (cognate with Old Irish faith "poet," Welsh gwawd "poem," Old English woþ "sound, melody, song," Latin vates "seer, soothsayer;" see wood (adj.)).\n

\nIt is the name given in Icelandic c.1300, by whom it is not known, to two Icelandic books, the first a miscellany of poetry, mythology, and grammar by Snorri Sturluson (d.1241), since 1642 called the Younger or Prose Edda; and a c.1200 collection of ancient Germanic poetry and religious tales, called the Elder or Poetic Edda. Related: Eddaic; Eddic.

  1. n. tropical starchy tuberous root [syn: taro, taro root, cocoyam, dasheen]

  2. 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 Scandanavian mythology


"Edda" (; Old Norse Edda, plural Eddur) is an Old Norse term that has been attributed by modern scholars to the collective of two Medieval Icelandic literary works: what is now known as the Prose Edda and an older collection of poems without an original title now known as the Poetic Edda. The term historically referred only to the Prose Edda, but this sense has fallen out of use because of the confusion with the other work. Both works were written down in Iceland during the 13th century in Icelandic, although they contain material from earlier traditional sources, reaching into the Viking Age. The books are the main sources of medieval skaldic tradition in Iceland and Norse mythology.

Edda (disambiguation)

Edda are poems and tales of Norse mythology.

It may also refer to:

  • Edda, ancestral land of the Edda people in South-eastern Nigeria
  • Edda people, sub-group of the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria
  • The ancestress of serfs in the Rígsþula
  • Edda Award, Icelandic film and television award
  • Edda Művek, Hungarian rock group
  • Edda Media, Norwegian media group
  • 673 Edda, minor planet orbiting the Sun

Usage examples of "edda".

But this cannot be the end: Ai to Afi to Fathir, Edda to Amma to Mothir.

Thus he could see Hanuman's Eddas from a coign of vantage which was wholly new.

Enthusiastic sf scholars have made remarkable plunges down into world literature and returned with the most astounding discoveries, from the Sumer epic of Gilgamesh to the old Norse Eddas, the Arabian Nights and so forth, not to mention the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

Walter had once pointed out that in the Eddas, when Loki proposed a similar bargain to get Thor’s hammer back from the giants, Freyja had rocked Valhalla with her rage.

I can tell you that no matter how het up he was about Edda Lou, he couldn't have killed her.

Like fire through dry brush, news of Edda Lou Hatinger's murder had spread like dust from the bayous to the levees, from town square to farm, all the way from Market Street down to Hog Maw Road, where Happy Fuller discussed the event with her dear friend and bingo partner, Birdie Shays.

I paraphrased the complete Poetic Edda, and took notes on the Prose Edda (or Snorri Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson, Iceland's greatest literary figure, in the thirteenth century) and the Volsung Saga (which covers the material in the missing portion of the Poetic Edda).

I paraphrased the complete Poetic Edda, and took notes on the Prose Edda (or Snorri Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson, Iceland’.

I also wish to acknowledge my debt to the unknown compiler of the Poetic Edda and to Snorri Sturlusson, who composed the Prose Edda in the thirteenth century and thus preserved so much of what we have of the ancient lore.

The dwarves of The Prose Edda, typical of traditional dwarves, were miners and expert craftsmen who lived in caves and mountains.

He played himself back on a tape recorder, reading from Beowulf or Chaucer or the Prose Edda, which tells of the Wind Age and Wolf Age when the Sun swallows Earth.

He knew, just as everyone in town knew, who it was Edda Lou had riled up.

Wanted to know if Edda Lou and Tucker had had any fights there in the rooming house.

Tolkien described it, in a letter to Auden dated 29 January 1968, as 'written in fomyr8islag 8-line stanzas in English: an attempt to organise the Edda material dealing with Sigurd and Gunnar'.