The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (Paperback)

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By Jesse L. Byock (Translated by)
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The Saga of the Volsungs is an Icelandic epic of special interest to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew heavily upon this Norse source in writing his Ring Cycle and a primary source for writers of fantasy such as J. R. R. Tolkien and romantics such as William Morris.

A trove of traditional lore, it tells of love, jealousy, vengeance, war, and the mythic deeds of the dragonslayer, Sigurd the Volsung.

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.

About the Author


Jesse L. Byock is Professor of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavian Studies, Scandinavian Section, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780520272996
ISBN-10: 0520272994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: June 19th, 2012
Pages: 160
Language: English
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