The Volsunga Saga

The Story Of The Volsungs

Drawing of the Ramsund carving from c. 1030, illustrating the Völsunga saga on a rock in Sweden. At (1), Sigurd sits in front of the fire preparing the dragon’s heart . Click the picture for the wiki .

Originally written in Icelandic (Old Norse) in the thirteenth century A.D., by an unknown hand. However, most of the material is based substantially on previous works, some centuries older. A few of these works have been preserved in the collection of Norse poetry known as the “Poetic Edda”.

The text of this edition is based on that published as “The Story of the Volsungs”, translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson (Walter Scott Press, London, 1888).

Douglas B. Killings SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: RECOMMENDED READING

Anonymous: “Kudrun”, Translated by Marion E. Gibbs & Sidney Johnson (Garland Pub., New York, 1992).

Anonymous: “Nibelungenlied”, Translated by A.T. Hatto (Penguin Classics, London, 1962).Saxo Grammaticus: “The First Nine Books of the Danish History”, Translated by Oliver Elton (London, 1894; Reissued by the Online Medieval and Classical Library as E-Text OMACL #28, 1997).

The Völsunga saga (often referred to in English as the Volsunga Saga or Saga of the Völsungs) is a legendary saga, a late 13th century poetic rendition in the Icelandic language of the origin and decline of the Völsung clan (including the story of Sigurd and Brynhild and destruction of the Burgundians).

The saga covers themes including the power struggles among Sigurd’s ancestors; Sigurd’s killing of the dragon Fafnir; and the influence of the cursed ring Andvaranaut.

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Appendix : Excerpts from the Poetic Edda


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