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The Saga of the Volsungs

  • Kartonierter Einband
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The saga of the Volsungs, the Norse epic of Sigurd the Dragon-slayer, is one of the most important texts of old Icelandic literatu... Weiterlesen
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The saga of the Volsungs, the Norse epic of Sigurd the Dragon-slayer, is one of the most important texts of old Icelandic literature, and of central importance for an understanding of Viking society.

Autorentext

Jesse Byock is a professor of Icelandic and Old Norse studies at UCLA. He is the translator of The Saga of the Volsungs and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki for Penguin Classics.



Klappentext

One of the great books of world literature--an unforgettable tale of jealousy, unrequited love, greed, and vengeance.

Based on Viking Age poems and composed in thirteenth-century Iceland, The Saga of the Volsungs combines mythology, legend, and sheer human drama in telling of the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer, who acquires runic knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. Yet the saga is set in a very human world, incorporating oral memories of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman empire. In his illuminating Introduction Jesse L. Byock links the historical Huns, Burgundians, and Goths with the extraordinary events of this Icelandic saga. With its ill-fated Rhinegold, the sword reforged, and the magic ring of power, the saga resembles the Nibelungenlied and has been a primary source for such fantasy writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and for Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



Zusammenfassung
Combines mythology, legend and human drama. This book focuses on the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires magical knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. It incorporates strands from the oral narratives of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire.

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Saga of the Volsungs
Untertitel: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
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EAN: 9780140447385
ISBN: 978-0-14-044738-5
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Penguin Books
Genre: Sonstige Literatur
Anzahl Seiten: 160
Gewicht: 124g
Größe: H130mm x B196mm x T11mm
Jahr: 2000

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