1907Re: Poetic Edda Questions
- Jan 4, 2003--- In Asatru-U@yahoogroups.com, "Bryan <blueface_warrior@y...>"
> I have heard the story about the original book of Poetic Eddasbeing
> found in an old barn sometime in the 1700's. Does this originalBryan-
> book still exist today or has it since been lost?
> One more, How much influence (if any) did Christianity have in
> this book? There seems to be some similarities to the Chrisitan
> bible in the Eddas. The most similar to me would be the Havamal.
> Some of these stanzas seem very similar to some Proverbs.
> Thanks for any help!
This group isn't really set up to deal directly with these questions,
so I'll be brief. For more, you may wish to join any of the several
Asatru groups if your interest is religious, or otherwise a medieval
The Poetic Eddas were poems, handed down orally. After conversion,
more or less, some of these were written down. Two or three
manuscripts have survived. They are, I believe, now in Denmark, maybe
Iceland. To our knowledge, there was not one complete authoratitve
As to what influence christianity may have had, the discussion goes
on. Opinions range from none to very extensive. Most of the
manuscripts were written by christians, either monks or laymen as
they were generally the only ones literate. Another question would be
what classical influences were there.
Similar expressions in different cultures do not mean a common
influence. Also what was recorded may not be an accurate reflection
of what was known or believed.
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