Originally written in Icelandic in the 13th century AD by an anonymous author, The Story of The Volsungs is a legendary saga based on Norse mythology. The epic describes the legendary history and heroic feats of several generations of mythic Viking families and derives from many sources, including preexisting Edda, or heroic poems, Norse legends, historical events, and orally transmitted folklore. The saga is imbued throughout with themes of power, jealousy, love, vengeance, and fear. Often considered a critical influence on such later works as Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle and J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Story of the Volsungs is a powerful epic that continues to resonate for modern listeners. This edition---which includes excerpts from the Poetic Eddas, one of the sources of The Story of the Volsungs---is the translation by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson.
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Passionate, Poetic, Bloody, Heroic, & Tragic Saga
- Jefferson "I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics."
A wonderful hero's journey--Sigurd the dragonslayer is probably one of the best known heroes in Norse mythology. This saga does not disappoint in terms of its exploration not only of societal mores, but also of the classic heroic quest told episodically, each building on the other. Much has been made of the epic's influences on Wagner and Tolkien--yes, it's that good!