The Saga of the Volsungs

Penguin UK, 7 de nov de 2013 - 160 páginas

Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, Beowulf is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

'So the company of men led a careless life,
All was well with them: until One began
To encompass evil, an enemy from hell.
Grendel they called this cruel spirit...'

J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales.

Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.


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Dragon Slayer
Hjordis Remarries
The Birth of Sigurd
The Otters Ransom
Regin Fashions Gram
Gripir Foretells Sigurds Future
Sigurd Rides through the Wavering Flames of Brynhild the Daughter of Budli
Dispute of the Queens Brynhild and Gudrun
Brynhilds Grief Only Increases
The Betrayal of Sigurd
Brynhilds Request
The Disappearance of Gudrun
Gudrun Carves Runes
Hogni Interprets His Wifes Dream

Sigurd Kills Lyngvi and Hjorvard and All the Others
Regin and Sigurd Go Riding
Regin Drinks Fafnirs Blood
Sigurd Eats the Serpents Heart
Concerning Sigurd
Brynhilds Wise Counsel
Concerning Sigurds Appearance
Sigurd Comes to Heimir
The Conversation between Sigurd and Brynhild
Concerning King Gjuki and His Sons
Brynhild Interprets Gudruns Dream
The Ale of Forgetfulness Is Blended for Sigurd
The Brothers Journey from Home
The Battle in the Fortress and the Victory
Hogni Is Captured
The Conversation between Atli and Gudrun
Concerning Gudrun
Svanhild Is Married and Trampled to Death under the Hooves of Horses
Gudrun Urges Her Sons to Avenge Svanhild
Concerning the Sons of Gudrun The Final Chapter
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