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The purpose was to make a systematic and encyclopedic version of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda. The myths in Gylfaginning are presented as a series of examples and the kennings of Skáldskaparmál are organized alphabetically. The last part, Háttatal, was not included.
The result was a distorted version of Snorri's work, but a version which became a convenient and popular work of reference for poets and antiquarians.
- Margaret Clunies Ross and Lars Lönnroth, "The Norse Muse: Report from an International Research Project," Alvíssmál 9 (1999): 3–28 (pdf), here pp. 8–11.
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