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    The Saga of the Volsungs (Legends from the Ancient North) (Paperback) Translated by Jesse L. Byock

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    DescriptionPart of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, The Saga of the Volsungs is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. "They summoned their friends, readied their horses, and prepared their helmets, shields, swords, coats of mail". (J.R.R). Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction. They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations. They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength. They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.


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    Title
    The Saga of the Volsungs
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Jesse L. Byock
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 126 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141393681
    ISBN 10: 0141393688
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21400
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    LC classification: BL
    BISAC V2.8: FIC010000
    Abridged Dewey: 398
    B&T General Subject: 501
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 65
    B&T Approval Code: A13280000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: A9
    Libri: ENGM1070
    B&T Approval Code: A24326220
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC008000
    Libri: SCHW6900, HELD5000, SAGE5044
    DC23: 839.63
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    07 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jesse L. Byock (translator) is Professor of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavian at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also a member of the Institute of Archaeology.