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(TOLKIEN, J. R. R.) BRAY, Olive (ed. and trans.)

The Elder or Poetic Edda,

commonly known as Sæmund's Edda. Part I.- The Mythological Poems. Illustrated by W. G. Collingwood.

London, Printed for the Viking club, 1908 Stock Code: 139900
£1,850.00

A scarce edition, influencing Tolkien

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First edition, first impression, of this English translation that influenced J. R. R. Tolkien. This attractively illustrated work was reissued in 2013 as part of "Tolkien's Bookshelf", noting this edition as a general inspiration and the source of the Dwarves' names in The Hobbit. The projected second part was never completed, making this complete as published. In 1929, the Journal of English and Germanic Philology reviewed Olive Bray's translation of The Poetic Edda: "Miss Bray's work is eminently satisfactory: she possesses a scholar's knowledge of the subject (though she was by no means a specialist in the field); and she had poetic ability of a high order. She nearly always succeeded in reproducing the poetry and the spirit of the old lays and she adhered to the metrical form". The book is uncommon in the trade, with none listed in auction records.

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Description

Quarto. Original grey cloth, Norse-style decorative borders and lettering in gilt on front board and spine. Text in Icelandic and English in facing pages.

Illustrations

One full page and many half-page illustrations.

Condition

Spine dulled, light rubbing to extremities, some marks to rear board, sound and general clean within in spite of occasional minor spotting, very good condition.

Bibliography

Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 28, No. 4, October 1929.

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