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In this new edition of the poem Völuspá, we offer:

  • A plain English translation, closely based on our word-for-word translation. Meaning is more important than sound in this translation, but it should be readily understood.
  • A word-for-word translation. Here, one should be able to relate our choice of English words directly to the original.
  • Notes on translation. These are given as an aid to understanding, as well as to draw attention to questions of interpretation and meaning.
  • Glossary. This is a complete glossary, containing an entry for every word as it appears within the poem—making it easier to look up the Old Norse words and then cross-reference them to the more complete entries in Richard Cleasby and Gudbrand Vigfusson’s An Icelandic-English Dictionary.

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