The Saga Of The Volsungs

Paperback | January 1, 2000

byJesse L. Byock, Jesse AnonymousTranslated byJesse L. Byock

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One of the great books of world literature--an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance.

Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer, who acquires runic knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. Yet the saga is set in a very human world, incorporating oral memories of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman empire. In his illuminating Introduction Jesse L. Byock links the historical Huns, Burgundians, and Goths with the extraordinary events of this Icelandic saga. With its ill-fated Rhinegold, the sword reforged, and the magic ring of power, the saga resembles the Nibelungenlied and has been a primary source for such fantasy writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and for Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.

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Penguin Classics can't be beat when you're looking for good editions of great literature. One of several in the series, The Saga of the Volsungs is the epic and mythical tale of Sigurd the dragon slayer. Sigurd's heroic adventures, a sword reforged and a magical ring of power are but some of the elements that make this 13th century sto...

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One of the great books of world literature--an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance. Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer, who acquires r...

Jesse Byock is a professor of Icelandic and Old Norse studies at UCLA. He is the translator of The Saga of the Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki for Penguin Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.41 inPublished:January 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140447385

ISBN - 13:9780140447385

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Penguin Classics can't be beat when you're looking for good editions of great literature. One of several in the series, The Saga of the Volsungs is the epic and mythical tale of Sigurd the dragon slayer. Sigurd's heroic adventures, a sword reforged and a magical ring of power are but some of the elements that make this 13th century story so compelling. Readers with a keen and careful eye will also see how this book came to be one of the primary influences on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Editor Jesse L. Byock provides notes, a glossary and an introduction as well as the translation of the story from the original Icelandic poems.