The Volsunga Saga

The Volsunga Saga

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... at Attila's court, and in due time she gave him the keys; and the lad spake to Attila, and promised him great riches if he would come with him to the cave. Then the king did so, and Hagen's son shut the door upon him, and laid rocks before it, and so Attila starved to death, and none has found the Treasure to this day. It will be sufficient here to note the more important divergencies between this version and that of the Vol-sunga-saga; these are: The account of Siegfried's parentage, birth, and upbringing; his first meeting with Bryn-hild, and the circumstances under which he takes Gun-ther's place; his marriage with Grimhild, and his death. The birth of Hagen; the part played by Grimhild in the destruction of the Niblungs; and the complete change of "motif" in the latter part of the story--it is as murderers of Siegfried, not as possessors of the treasure, that they are slain; the appearance of Thidrek von Bern; the hiding of the Niblung Hoard in a mountain cave instead of in the Rhine; and the circumstances attending the birth of Ha-gen's son and the death of Attila, though the "motif" for the latter is identical with that of the Volsunga-saga. The most remarkable feature in the Nibelungen-lied is the ethical "motif" which has moulded the latter part of the story, the old German conception of "Treue" as faith and loyalty. Hagen slays Siegfried purely from loyalty to Brunhild, his liege lady; he goes to Etzel's court, knowing he is going to his death, through loyalty to Gunther, and defends his lord and his lord's secret to the last moment of his life. Gunther is, on his part, equally loyal to Hagen; he will not purchase his own safety by the sacrifice of his faithful vassal; and the character of the Margrave Rudiger, who prefers to die at the...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675142
  • 9781236675149