The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics)

The Saga of the Volsungs (Penguin Classics) Author Jesse L. Byock
ISBN-10 0140447385
ISBN-13 9780140447385
Year 2000-01-01
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Penguin Classics
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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 For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than 1 700 titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators