Pronounced ED uh
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About the name Edda

Edda is a word used to describe Icelandic/Norse epic poetry. The Poetic Eddas and the Prose Eddas are our main source of information about medieval Norse mythology and skaldic tradition in Iceland.

There is some disagreement as to the actual meaning and origin of the word. It is similar to the word for Great-grandmother and also similar to the Old Norse óðr meaning poetry and also similar to the word Oddi, which was the name of a center of learning in Iceland during the Middle Ages.

Likewise, the word Edda is similar to the Latin word edo meaning "I compose" as well as the Sanscrit Veda which means knowledge.

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