The Poetic Edda is a collection of poems which with the Prose Edda form most of what we know today about Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda is also known as the "Elder Edda" or "Saemunder Edda". Consisting of thirty-four poems with prose in between some of them for background, is thought to have been written by various poets between the 9th and 12th centuries and were first recorded in Iceland in the 12th century. The manuscript with the poems was discovered in the 17th century by Brynjólfur Sveinsson and have reached us in poor condition. Originally there could have been more poems and since twenty-nine of them were found in a single manuscript and they all differ considerably in subject matter and style from all other Old Norse poetry that we know of we group them together as the Poetic Edda.

The Mythical Poems or Lays of the Gods
Völuspá - The Wise-Woman's Prophecy
Hávamál - The Ballad of the High One
Vafthruthnismol - The Ballad of Vafthruthnir
Grimnismol - The Ballad of Grimnir
Skirnismol - The Ballad of Skirnir
Harbarthsljoth - The Poem of Harbarth
Hymiskvitha - The Lay of Hymir
Lokasenna - Loki's Wrangling
Thrymskvitha - The Lay of Thrym
Alvissmol - The Ballad of Alvis
Baldurs Draumar - Balder's Dreams
Rigsthula - The Song of Rig
Hyndluljoth - The Poem of Hyndla
Svipdagsmol - The Ballad of Svipdag

The Heroic Lays
Völundarkvitha - The Lay of Völund
Helgakvitha - The Lay of Helgi the Son of Hjorva
Helgakvidha Hundingsbana I - The First Lay of Helgi Hundingsbane
Helgakvidha Hundingsbana II - The Second Lay of Helgi Hundingsbane
Frá Dauda Sinfjötla - Of Sinfjotli's Death
Gripisspo - Gripir's Prophecy
Reginsmol - The Ballad of Regin
Fafnismol - The Ballad of Fafnir
Sigrdrifumol - The Ballad of The Victory-Bringer
Brot Af Sigrdrifumol - Fragment of a Sigurth Lay
Gudrúnarkvida I - The First Lay of Guthrun
Sigurdarkvitha En Skamma - The Short Lay of Sigurth
Helreith Brynhildar - Brynhild's Hell-Ride
Dráp Niflunga - The Slaying of The Niflungs
Gudrúnarkvida II, En Forna - The Second, or Old, Lay of Guthrun
Gudrúnarkvida III - The Third Lay of Guthrun
Oddrunargratr - The Lament of Oddrun
Atlakvitha En Grönlenzka - The Greenland Lay of Atli
Atlamol En Grönlenzku - The Greenland Ballad of Atli
Guthrunarhvot - Guthrun's Inciting
Hamthesmol - The Ballad of Hamther

This translation was done by Henry Adams Bellows and is in the public domain. Since the order of these is in question, there are no links to the previous and next poems. You will need to return to this node or follow the soft link of your choice.

Hare, J.B.. Poetic Edda - General Introduction. Unknown. 4 Oct 2002: <>.
Halvorsen, Ingrid.. Poetic Edda. Unknown. 4 Oct 2002: <>.

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