The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Many years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien composed his own version of the great legend of Northern antiquity, recounted here in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. In the Lay of the Völsungs is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of Fáfnir, most celebrated of dragons; of his awakening of the Valkyrie Brynhild, who slept surrounded by a wall of fire, and of their betrothal; and of his coming to the court of the great princes who were named the Niflungs (or Nibelungs), with whom he entered into blood-brotherhood. In scenes of dramatic intensity, of confusion of identity, thwarted passion, jealousy, and bitter strife, the tragedy of Sigurd and Brynhild, of Gunnar the Niflung and Gudrún his sister, mounts to its end in the murder of Sigurd, the suicide of Brynhild, and the despair of Gudrún. The Lay of Gudrún recounts her fate after the death of Sigurd, her marriage against her will to the mighty Atli, ruler of the Huns (the Attila of history), his murder of her brothers, and her hideous revenge.
 

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 389 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The Washington Post

In addition to the lays (a form of medieval verse) themselves, the book contains portions of a lecture on the Elder Edda that the elder Tolkien delivered at Oxford in the 1920s, his extensive notes on the poems, incise if sometimes abstruse commentary by his son, and appendices that contain fragm...

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The Telegraph

Most fans of Jackson’s fantasy franchise will ignore the critical apparatus by the editor Christopher Tolkien (the author’s son) and end up bemused.

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Deseret News

Most of the text, however, focuses on the tragic tale of Sigurd and Brynhild Sigurd and Brynhild swear an oath to each other, but Sigurd is given a potion that makes him forget Brynhild.

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Fantasy Literature

Tolkien, drawn from one of his own lectures on Norse literature, with commentary and notes on the poems by Christopher Tolkien.

Jun 21 2010 | Read Full Review of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

Library Journal

Yet another posthumous title by Tolkien (between writing this much and teaching full time when did he sleep?), this is one of his more scholarly outputs.

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