First edition in English of the best known and most influential of the Viking "kings' sagas."
"Odin could transform his shape: his body would lie was if dead, or asleep; but then he would be in shape of a fish, or worm, or bird, or beast, and be off in a twinkling to distant lands [...] With words he could quench fire, still the ocean in tempest, and turn the wind."
The HEIMSKRINGLA, or "Circle of the World," is an integral part of the Scandinavian identity, asserting great influence on the literature and history of the region. An early 13th-century history, it begins in the realm of myth and ends in real historical events, intermingling the two in between. The author (called "Snorro Sturleson" in this edition) makes use of many sources now lost, including sagas, treatises, and skaldic verses. Aside from its importance as a source for Norse mythology, each tale in the collection is filled with incidental details of everyday life that have been an important source of our knowledge of the Viking Age. A defining cultural resource of the Viking Age and the world of Old Norse.
Read more: Fisher, "Sourcing Tolkien's 'Circles of the World': Speculations on the Heimskringla, the Latin Vulgate Bible, and the Hereford Mappa Mundi," in Middle-earth and Beyond: Essays on the World of J.R.R. Tolkien.
London: Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1844. Full title: The Heimskringla; or, Chronicle of the Kings of Norway. 3 octavo volumes. 8.75'' x 5.5''. Modern half tan sheep, marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt and stamped with Nordic knot designs in gilt and red, top edge gilt, purple silk ribbon markers. Appendix, additional notes, and two pages of ads at rear of volume III. viii, 485, ; , 399, ; , 393, ,  pages. Light dampstain to edges of a few leaves, offsetting to page 89 of volume III.
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