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    Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (Hardback) Translated by Jesse L. Byock

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    Description"The Saga of the Volsungs" is an Icelandic prose epic whose anonymous thirteenth-century author based his story on the legends of Old Scandinavian folk culture. A trove of traditional lore, it tells of love, jealousy, vengeance, war, and the mythic deeds of the dragonslayer, Sigurd the Volsung. "The Saga" is of special interest to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew heavily upon this Norse source in writing his Ring Cycle. With its magical ring acquired by the hero, and the sword to be reforged, the saga has also been a primary source for writers of fantasy such as J. R. R. Tolkien and romantics such as William Morris. 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.


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    Title
    Saga of the Volsungs
    Subtitle
    The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by Jesse L. Byock
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 145
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 68 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520066830
    ISBN 10: 0520066839
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    B&T General Subject: 495
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 839/.63
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A24326200
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC20: 839.68
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    LC classification: PT7287.V7E
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PT7287.V7 E5 1990
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DSB
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 April 1990
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Jesse L. Byock teaches Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian subjects at the University of California, Los Angeles and is the author of "Feud in the Icelandic Saga" (1982).