Notwithstanding that this fact is not proved Snorri Sturluson is considered to be the author of the Prose Edda. The creation is a collection or simply re-writing of some works of the previous authors with some Christian influence (Bagge 1991, p. 2). The author was born in wealthy and influential family and had no reason to use the Christian influence in his creations not to be pursued by the authorities. The main idea of the present paper is to discuss the assumption that being a politician, Snorri Sturluson wrote the Prose Edda in order to be more appealing to the Christian community (Enoksen 1998, p. 24).
The Prose Edda and its author The Prose Edda is a creation famous as the Younger Edda, Snorri’s Edda and just Edda. It represents an Old Norse language Icelandic collected works of four parts put together with extract from past skaldic and Eddic verse including stories from Norse legends (Enoksen 1998, p. 2). The poems are usually considered to be created by the Icelandic intellectual and scientist dealt with history Snorri Sturluson approximately near the year 1220 (Monsen 1990, p. 29). The Prose Edda consists of three different books preceded with a foreword. The books are Gylfaginning, Skaldskaparmal and Hattatal.
Several documents, created as assumed between 1300 and1600 are of separate textual worth. The idea of the collected works was to make it possible for Icelandic lyricists and booklovers to know the refinement of alliterative poetry, and to take hold of the sense behind a lot of things that were applied in skaldic verse (Monsen 1990, p. 30). The Prose Edda was called the Edda, however then it received the title the Prose Edda to differentiate it from the Poetic Edda, a collected works of unidentified verse from former customary resources collected during one historical period.
The Prose Edda is connected to the Poetic Edda in the point that Prose Edda quotes different poems gathered in the Poetic Edda as resources. The supposition that Snorri Sturluson is accountable for creation the Prose Edda is mainly founded on the next words from a piece of Codex Upsaliensis, a document of the begining14th century including the Prose Edda: This book is called Edda. Snorri Sturluson compiled it in the way that it is arranged here.
First it tells about the ? ir and Ymir, then comes the poetic diction section with the poetic names of many things and lastly a poem called the List of Meters which Snorri composed about King Hakon and Duke Skuli (Enoksen 1998, p. 24). It was mentioned that this acknowledgment together with other key documents, can’t make sure that Snorri Sturluson is an original author of the work and the creator of Hattatal or that he is the creator of the whole Prose Edda. Anyway, the talk about Snorri in the documents has been powerful in the recognition of Snorri as the creator of the Prose Edda. The personality of Snorri Sturluson
As a scientist, Snorri is significant for offering the hypothesis, actually it was in the Prose Edda, that legendary gods start as battle leaders and rulers whose memorial service places create cults. Since humans recall the departed warfare leader when they are going to fight, or the demised king because they have some political difficulties, they begin to worship the person. Finally, the ruler or fighter is kept in mind as a god. Prose Edda stated as well that since certain clans overpower others, they give explanation of their success by assuming that it’s their gods had a fight with the others’ gods.
Snorri Sturluson mixed the legendary gods and Christian tendency of the only god showing him as a ruler. It was an interesting and clever topic notwithstanding that the writing was mostly plagiarism of already existed stories. The main question is why Snorri did this and what goal he had. In order to understand this it is essential to analyze Snorri’s personality according to the bibliographical facts available (Icelandic Medieval Manuscripts). It is very difficult, however, for readers to create one certain opinion about Snorri as a man and politician.
Different people have different opinion about him because the information that available can’t make the definite conclusion if he was good or bad. The conclusion could be made the he was rather interesting personality for the historical period he lived in. Snorri Sturluson had an outstanding carrier. He promptly became recognized as a versifier; however was also a triumphant legal representative. In 1215 he even managed to get the highest post a person could get in the Icelandic supervision.
In 1218, he left this post and went to Norway, by special call from the king: he became well-acquainted with the teen-age King Hakon Hakonarson and his co-regent, Jarl Skuli. He spent the winter as house-guest of the jarl. They showered gifts upon him including the ship in which he sailed and he in turn wrote poetry about them. In the summer of 1219 he met his Swedish colleague, the lawspeaker Eskil Magnusson and his wife Kristina Nilsdotter Blake in Skara. They were both related to royalty and probably gave Snorri an insight into the history of Sweden (Enoksen 1998, p. 25).
Actually, Snorri’s performance as leader and politician was just conflicting the determined and often brave heroes of the legends. The difference was so obvious that his authorship of them is at times doubtful. A number of the other heads discovered him having one post as office-holder in one place and at the same time serving in the central government of another contemptible, particularly the other Sturlungar. His plan was to strengthen authority over them, at which position he could present Iceland to the ruler.
Much biographical information testifies about Snorri’s love for influence and capital. An excellent instance of this is the fact that Snorri Sturluson easily organized his daughters’ marriages into well-known and influential families, notwithstanding that they were very often against it. The next instance can be demonstrated by the event when the Norwegian ruler wanted to conquer Iceland for himself Snorri Sturluson wanted to assist him to have a good post instead. He could easily give his own native country to the foreigner for his own sake.
This was because of the disagreement of Icelanders with merchants that had a profound effect on the Snorri’s career (Icelandic Medieval Manuscripts). Conclusion Snorri’s behavior shows the person who would did anything for the sake of his own carrier. This is not very typical for the creator of poems. This was rather clever behavior of a successful politician. So, Snorri Sturluson first of all was a politician, not a poet. Therefore it is really possible to assume that he created his Prose Edda in order to be more appealing to the Christian community that would influence his carrier positively.