The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics)

The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics)

Jesse L. Byock

One of the nice books of global literature--an unforgettable story 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 wisdom from one in all Odin's Valkyries. but the saga is decided in a really human international, incorporating oral thoughts of the fourth and 5th centuries, whilst Attila the Hun and different warriors fought at the northern frontiers of the Roman empire. In his illuminating advent Jesse L. Byock hyperlinks the old Huns, Burgundians, and Goths with the extreme occasions of this Icelandic saga. With its ill-fated Rhinegold, the sword reforged, and the magic ring of strength, the saga resembles the Nibelungenlied and has been a major resource for such delusion writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and for Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts stronger via introductions and notes via exclusive students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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