June 3rd, 2008

loki

Food for thought: Lokasenna

All too often we dive into the meat of the sagas, without bothering to read the notes provided by the scholars that translate the work.

Today, upon one of my many re-readings of the Lokasenna, I recalled that I don't think I've ever heard others speak about the translator Hollander's comments on it. And considering that his translation is the one most prevalently used today... I find that most decidely odd.

Especially since Hollander is pretty much coming right out and saying that the events in the Lokasenna should not be taken as 'gospel' or the truth or even commonly believed, but rather it seems to be created by a skald who thought he was being clever.

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