The Germanic Edda?
By: Hjuka Harugari
> I was reading in a small write up on "the
northern tradition" in a book on
alternative religions the other day and it called the
germanic version of the eddas. Would anyone care to comment on the
accuracy of this statement?
the Germanic Edda, eh? ..interesting.
well, I don't think that I could agree with that- to me -and this is with me 'not' seeing the article- it sounds as if the author has a Nordic-centric attitude (or anti-Germanic) bias when it comes to his/her perceptions on the Heathenry of Northern Europe...not to mention, a lacking in true understanding of what the Eddas are, rather of the origin for a large portion, if not a majority of the material which makes up the collection... there is a great amount of material preserved in the Old Norse/Old Icelandic sources, and what many folk fail to realize is that so much of that material isn't native to those regions/cultures...the Hervarar Saga, which was never translated into English (I started on that last year, but haven't really worked on it much) is a tale of the Goths... and a significant portion of the Eddaic material (if not most) can be traced with confidence to German, specifically Gothic origin- one obvious example within the Edda is the mention of Gaut, who is the progenitor of that tribe, Wodan himself...
other not-to-obvious examples: quoting
Micheal Moell: 'Gurun's Lament' and 'The Lay of
Hamir', which conclude the Elder Edda, are very
old stories which can be tied to historical circumstances in the homeland
of the Ostrogoths in the 4th century.. it tells the tale of AÝrmanareiks
(Ermanaric) who punished Svanhild by having her trod under horses.
Her kinsmen then took vengeance on the king by wounding him, and between
the wound and his inability to defeat Attila, the old king met his end...'
perhaps the most popular tale within the collection would be the myths of WÚyland the Smith (on Volund)...Weyland's ancestors were Goths... just to name a few... is das Nibelungenlied their 'Germanic Edda'? no, I'd say the Edda was the 'Germanic Edda', given the origin of the material presented...