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Our next book in the Book of the Month Club will be The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide, by Noah Tetzner.
Published in 2019, this work provides a look into the myths and legends of the medieval Norse.
The Poetic Edda comprises a mythology of gods and their human heroes who are driven by honor, lust, and wisdom, always seeking power and always settling a new dispute. The Edda begins with resourceful creator-gods crafting the universe out of a giant’s corpse and a powerful seeress imparting details about the inevitable chaos of Ragnarok. This is followed by Odin’s words of wisdom and a plethora of other poems describing the High One’s never-ending quest for knowledge. The adventures of Thor and the god’s unsavory encounter with Loki ensue, leading up to the death of Baldr and the first signs of Ragnarok. Poems about Helgi, Sigurth, and other members of the powerful Volsung family, comprise an excessive amount of blood feuds. The slaying of Fafnir and the ownership of the dragon’s hoard creates an entirely new story amidst growing envy and constant betrayal.
You can learn more about the book from The History of Vikings podcast
It is available for our readers based in the United States and Canada who sign up to our Patreon page at the $35 (US) level before the end of May. When you sign up through our Patreon page, your payment gets deducted at the beginning of each month. Then we will send your shipping information to the author who will send you the book.