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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 http://www.sacred-texts.com, 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: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=127921874
Heimskringla: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=128434602
The Prose Edda: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=129846029
Teutonic Myths and Legends: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=129736312
Icelandic Sagas: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=130244719
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cookiejudge Apr 14 @ 5:36am 
woah, thanks! awesome mode
Doge The Doge Feb 17 @ 5:12pm 
Loving the Tyr album cover.
Mr. Blue Nov 6, 2014 @ 8:02am 
ooo!, i am terribly sorry Altbert, it seems i read the location wrong (*smacks forehead*) i took it as being at the collage of winterhold only. I have being reading too much i guess i got crosse eyed lol.
Again thanks for this addition to the game.
Altbert  [author] Nov 6, 2014 @ 7:24am 
Rev. 3 of this mod has the complete Poetic Edda in the Bards College also. You don't have to join the Bards College in Solitude to have access to the books. And, with one of my last mods "Floating Island of Legends" you will have all legends, sagas and myths complete in a simple player home up in the sky.
Mr. Blue Nov 5, 2014 @ 3:06pm 
Hi Altbert,
I wish you could put copy's of Eddu Saga in other location's too (Bard's College). I am playing a char. that is not supposed to have any ties to the college of winterhold and most surtenly not joining it. I would like to read over this version of the Edda sögu/saga. But anyway's, thank you for adding these Sagas of my people's history.
[HSF]Tarnished Silver Sep 30, 2014 @ 5:49pm 
that thumbnail if you have read ralph blums The Book Of Runes you can decode the norse runes on the thumbnail ~sean
Clayton Hoyt Nov 30, 2013 @ 8:03am 
hailsa altbert, well done.
Roy_Valdez Jul 22, 2013 @ 11:09am 
Hey, thank you for putting these in~ I personally loved the edda's and having them in here was awesome. Hope you have some luck with the mythos that helped build this game into what it is~
Altbert  [author] Jul 6, 2013 @ 4:06pm 
Sorry, but these are the originals translated into English. Changing places, names, etc. into Tamrielic should imply me to rewrite those legends and sagas in the same way Tolkien (LOTR) and Wagner (Nibelungen) did.
anvil2011 Jul 5, 2013 @ 8:39pm 
I really like book mods. But can I ask you a favor? Could you change a lot of the words to be more Tamrielish, as much as possible? Places, names, etc....