The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
A trove of traditional lore, this Icelandic prose epic tells of love, jealousy, vengeance, war, and the mythic deeds of the dragonslayer, Sigurd the Volsung. The saga is of special interest to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew heavily upon this Norse source in writing his Ring Cycle. With its magical ring acquired by the hero, and the sword to be reforged, the saga has also been a primary source for writers of fantasy such as J.R.R. Tolkien and romantics such as William Morris. Byock's comprehensive introduction explores the history, legends, and myths contained in the saga and traces the development of a narrative that reaches back to the period of the great folk migrations in Europe when the Roman Empire collapsed.
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AEsir Alsvid Andvari asked Atli’s Attila avenge battle Bikki blood brothers Brynhild Brynhild answered Budli Burgundians called century daughter death deed drink Eddic Eylimi Fafnir father feast fire Germanic Gjuki gods gold Goths Grani Granmar Grimhild Gudrun Gudrun answered Gunnar and Hogni Guttorm hall Hamdir Hamdir and Sorli heart Heimir Helgi helmet Hjalprek Hjordis Hodbrodd Hogni horse Hreidmar Hunding Hunnish Huns Icelandic Jonakr Jormunrek killed King Atli King Gjuki King Gunnar King Siggeir King Sigmund King Volsung kingdom legend Loki Lyngvi mail coat manuscript marriage marry Nibelungenlied Norns Norse Odin Odin's poem Prose Edda Randver raven Regin Rerir ride ring rode Roman runes saga Scandinavia serpent Siggeir Sigi Sigmund and Sinfjotli Signy Sigurd Sigurd answered Sigurd replied Sinfjotli slaying Snorri sons of Gjuki Sorli spoke story Svanhild sword Gram thought thrall told took treasure valkyrie Vingi Volsung wall of flame wealth wife woman