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The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer

The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer

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Translated by Jesse L. Byock

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 13mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 26 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520272994
  • ISBN 13: 9780520272996
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 912,628

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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.

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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.