2015-07-28

Modern Heathens And The ‘Poetic Edda’

Read more at: Reykjavik Grapevine


Forty-four years ago, one of the most important sources for Norse mythology returned to its home in Iceland. The 13th century Icelandic manuscript, the Codex Regius (“King’s Book”), contains poems about gods, heroes, dragons, dwarves and giants from Iceland’s pagan past. Scholars disagree about when the poems were first composed, but generally agree that they preserve elements of the oral tradition pre-existing Iceland’s conversion to Christianity in 1000 AD. After an Icelandic bishop presented the manuscript as a gift to the Danish king in 1662, it became known as the “King’s Book.” Iceland’s great collection of mythological poems remained in Denmark for over three hundred years. Icelanders didn’t trust the safety of air travel for the return of the irreplaceable manuscript, so a military escort guarded its journey via ship to Reykjavík, where a large crowd joyfully awaited its arrival on April 21, 1971.
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