Posted by: Mark | August 22, 2015

Gylfaginning

I just finished the Gylfaginning, the first part of the Prose Edda, the basis for our understanding of the Norse myths.

It’s entirely possible that the Prose Edda was a hoax from the get-go. I knew it was written by a Christian but until now I didn’t know its structure.

The myths are told to a mortal king by supernatural tricksters, allowing for the interpretation that they were all just a joke. (It undoubtedly was safer to write them this way.)

Oddly, enough I knew virtually every detail about the Edda. Unlike the Bible, Koran, or Bhagavad Gita, books on mythology pretty much picked this one clean.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: