The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Poetic Edda
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The Poetic Edda

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The Poetic Eddas are the oral literature of Iceland, which were finally written down from 1000 to 1300 CE. The Eddas are a primary source for our knowledge of ancient Norse pagan beliefs. The poems are great tragic literature, with vivid descritions of the emotional states of the protagonists, Gods and heroes alike. Women play a prominent role in the Eddic age, and many of them are delineated as skilled warriors.

The impact of these sagas from a sparsely inhabited rocky island in the middle of the Atlantic on world culture is wide-ranging. Wagners' operas are largely based on incidents from the Edda, via the Niebelungenlied. J.R.R. Tolkien also plundered the Eddas for atmosphere, plot material and the names of many characters in The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. -- John Bruno Hare

The translation of the Eddas by Henry Adams Bellows in 1923 is highly readable.

The texts can be found online at, including commentary of Henry Adams Bellows.

The Poetic Edda is a 35 volume work that obviously should be available at the College of Winterhold, and can be bought from Urag gro-Shub in the Arcanaeum. He may have 1 or 2 copies of these volumes, but probably not all at the same time. So, you have to go back to Urag gro-Shub several times. He sells the volumes for 30 gold each.

Rev. 2: All books can now be baught from Urag, so there is no more random chance that he has only one book from the serie for sale.

Rev. 3: In this update a book case is available in the Bards College, containing all 35 volumes of the Poetic Edda. You can find this book case in the hall opposite Viarmo's bedroom. If you have also subscribed to "Heimskringla", it's the case to the left.

I think the Poetic Edda nicely fits in the lore of the Elder Scrolls.

01. Voluspo - Lays of the Gods
02. Hovamol - The Ballad of the High One
03. Vafthruthnismol - The Ballad of Vafthruthnir
04. Grimnismol - The Ballad of Grimnir
05. Skirnismol - The Ballad of Skirnir
06. Harbarthsljoth - The Poem of Harbarth
07. Hymiskvitha - The Lay of Hymir
08. Lokasenna - Loki's Wrangling
09. Thrymskvitha - The Lay of Thrym
10. Alvissmol - The Ballad of Alvis
11. Baldrs Draumar - Baldr's Dreams
12. Rigsthula - The Song of Rig
13. Hyndluljoth - The Poem of Hyndla
14. Svipdagsmol - The Ballad of Svipdag
15. Völundarkvitha - The Lay of Völund
16. Helgakvitha Hjorvarthssonar - The Lay of Helgi the Son of Hjorvarth
17. Helgakvitha Hundingsbana I - The First Lay of Helgi Hundingsbane
18. Helgakvitha Hundingsbana II - The Second Lay of Helgi Hundingsbane
19. Fra Dautha Sinfjotla - Of Sinfjotli's Death
20. Gripisspo - Gripir's Prophecy
21. Reginsmol - The Ballad of Regin
22. Fafnismol - The Ballad of Fafnir
23. Sigrdrifumol - The Ballad of the Victory-Bringer
24. Brot Af Sigurtharkvithu - Fragment of a Sigurth Lay
25. Guthrunarkvitha I - The First Lay of Guthrun
26. Sigurtharkvitha En Skamma - The Short Lay of Sigurth
27. Helreith Brynhildar - Brynhild's Hell-Ride
28. Drap Niflunga - The Slaying of the Niflungs
29. Guthrunarkvitha II, En Forna - The Second, or Old, Lay of Guthrun
30. Guthrunarkvitha III - The Third Lay of Guthrun
31. Oddrunargratr - The Lament of Oddrun
32. Atlakvitha En Grönlenzka - The Greenland Lay of Atli
33. Atlamol En Grönlenzku - The Greenland Ballad of Atli
34. Guthrunarhvot - Guthrun's Inciting
35. Hamthesmol - The Ballad of Hamther

NOTE: The phrases ''Name' spake:' are not part of the original texts. Missing lines in the texts are indicated by '[...]'.

'Collecting the Edda' is an unfinished side quest for the Bards College in Solitude. You would have to collect parts of the Poetic Edda from bards that you meet around Skyrim. The quest should be given to you by Giraud Gemane. According to the dialogues in this unfinished quest, each bard should have written his/her own part of the Edda. So, eventually the set would consist of a maximum of 12 parts, since there are 12 bards performing around Skyrim. When you could have collected all part, Giraud's last dialogue refers to the parts as verse.

Myths, Legends and Saga mods:

The Poetic Edda:
The Prose Edda:
Teutonic Myths and Legends:
Icelandic Sagas:
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Altbert  [author] Aug 26, 2016 @ 2:08pm 
The texts from the Poetic Edda have been translated by Henry Adam Bellows in 1923. The original text in Oldnorse and the translation of Bellows can be found on:
Юλия Беλинский Aug 26, 2016 @ 1:41am 
So this version is translated? Do you have a version, that is not translated? But written in original language. Does not have to be with Runes, but that would definitely add to the experience.
A.D. Infinitum Aug 19, 2016 @ 6:42am 
No worries... I thought that as you were exposing Skyrim players to some wonderful material, it'd be great to also have some pre-Saxon books too. However, I understand why you'd prefer to keep it Caucasian, considering the games Nordic theme.
Altbert  [author] Aug 18, 2016 @ 10:28am 
Haven't thought about Celtic mythology, because I wanted to keep it (North-)Germannic. But, according to some historians, Celts were a Germannic people also. So, maybe if I find the time ...
A.D. Infinitum Aug 18, 2016 @ 7:05am 
Fantastic work! Thank you for your dedication to the sagas. Any chance of the tales of Cu Chulaind or any other Celtic mythology?
Altbert  [author] Jul 11, 2016 @ 9:13am 
My "Floating Island of Legends" mod contains some 140 books with old Norse, Germannic and Anglo-Saxon myths, legends and sagas.
wolfenskarn Jul 10, 2016 @ 8:47pm 
Holy... 35 books?!
Yeazzal Oct 23, 2015 @ 3:18pm 
Awesome, will check it out
Altbert  [author] Oct 23, 2015 @ 3:10pm 
@Yeazzel: There's a lot more reading material available in my "Floating Island of Legends" mod. The library contains almost all of the old Norse, Germannic and Anglo-Saxon myths, legends and sagas.
Yeazzal Oct 23, 2015 @ 2:30pm 
Wow nice work, I like new reading material, especially real ones