Homer of the North?

Asbjørn Aarne, professor of European literature at the University of Oslo wrote the book  " Lyset i Nord- Et Snorre Album".  In the book Aarne shows the effect Snorris work has had on the Nordic and European romanticism, that Snorri is indeed "Homer of the North".  

Snorris work were made available for a larger readership in Europe by the translation of the Edda by Swiss Paul-Henri Mallet into French in 1756.

Aarne published  three books  (2008 at Vidarforlaget i Oslo )  all are highly recommendable; Lyset i Nord, Høvdingen and Edda ( translatiion by Anne Holtsmark ).

And more from others…..

Snorri Sturluson may be the most influential writer of the Middle Ages, his Edda, according to a 1909  translator : " The deep and ancient wellspring of Western Culture".  Snorri is the Homer of the North.

Snorri influenced writers as various as Thomas Gray, William Blake, Sir Walter Scott, the Brothers Grimm, Thomas Carlyle, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Richard Wagner, Matthew Arnold, Henrik Ibsen, William Morris, Thomas Hardy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugh MacDiarmid, Jorge Luis Borges, W.H. Auden, Poul Anderson, Günther Grass, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Ursula K.LeGuin, A.S Byatt, Seamus Heaney, Jane Smiley, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Chabon.

(From "Song of the Vikings" by Nancy Marie Brown)

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