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Saga of the Volsungs: Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

"This is a book of the highest importance. No one should attempt to teach about Viking society or claim to understand it without being familiar with this chilling and enduring myth."—Eleanor Searle, Past President of the Medieval Academy of America

About the Author

Jesse L. Byock is Professor of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavian at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Feud in the Icelandic Saga (1982) Medieval Iceland (1990), The Saga of King Kraki (1998), and Viking Age Iceland (2001).

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ISBN:
9780520232853
Subtitle:
The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
Introduction:
Byock, Jesse L.
Translator:
Byock, Jesse L.
Introduction by:
Byock, Jesse L.
Introduction:
Byock, Jesse L.
Author:
Byock, Jesse L.
Translator:
Byock, Jesse L.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Romances
Subject:
Siegfried
Subject:
Siegfried (Legendary character) -- Romances.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 00-4754
Publication Date:
20011119
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
154
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.5 in 0.07 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Classics » General
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Nordic
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Nordic German and Russian
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Saga of the Volsungs: Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
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