Prose Edda


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Definition for prose edda (2 of 2)


[ ed-uh ]
/ ˈɛd ə /


either of two old Icelandic literary works, one a collection of poems on mythical and religious subjects ( or ) erroneously attributed to Saemund Sigfusson (c1055–1133), the other a collection of ancient Scandinavian myths and legends, rules and theories of versification, poems, etc. ( or ), compiled and written in part by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241).

Related forms

Ed·dic, Ed·da·ic [e-dey-ik] /ɛˈdeɪ ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for prose edda


/ (ˈɛdə) /


Also called: Elder Edda, Poetic Edda a collection of mythological Old Norse poems made in the 12th century
Also called: Younger Edda, Prose Edda a treatise on versification together with a collection of Scandinavian myths, legends, and poems compiled by Snorri Sturluson (1179–1241), the Icelandic historian and poet

Derived Forms

Eddaic (ɛˈdeɪɪk), adjective

Word Origin for Edda

C18: Old Norse
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