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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Synopsis

The world first publication of a previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the epic story of the Norse hero, Sigurd, the dragon-slayer, the revenge of his wife, Gudrun, and the Fall of the Nibelungs. In the Lay of the Voelsungs is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of Fafnir most celebrated of dragons, whose treasure he took for his own; 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 that court there sprang great love but also great hate, brought about by the power of the enchantress, mother of the Niflungs, skilled in the arts of magic, of shape-changing and potions of forgetfulness. 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 Gudrun his sister, mounts to its end in the murder of Sigurd at the hands of his blood-brothers, the suicide of Brynhild, and the despair of Gudrun. In the Lay of Gudrun her fate after the death of Sigurd is told, her marriage against her will to the mighty Atli, ruler of the Huns (the Attila of history), his murder of her brothers the Niflung lords, and her hideous revenge.

The Good Book Guide Review

The first of two neglected verse epics retells the legend of the celebrated Norse dragon-slayer, Sigurd, and his wife Gudrún. Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the ancient poetry and prose of Norway and Iceland, Tolkien brings to life the lost world of the Valkyries and the great princes known as the Niflungs (or Nibelungs), the alliterative rhythms of his verse evoking a cauldron of emotions: passion, jealousy, violence, and revenge. A fascinating insight into the esoteric literature that inspired Tolkien to create his own fantasy worlds.

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun Press Reviews

Will appeal strongly to readers already haunted by the deeper, more sombre musics of Middle-earth The Times This is the most unexpected of Tolkien's many posthumous publications; his son's `Commentary' is a model of informed accessibility; the poems stand comparison with their Eddic models, and there is little poetry in the world like those Times Literary Supplement The compact verse form is ideally suited to describing impact... elsewhere it achieves a stark beauty Telegraph

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007317240
Publication date: 1st April 2010
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages
Categories: Myth & legend told as fiction, Poetry,

About J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81. Christopher Tolkien is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by J.R.R. Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the publication of his father's unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth. He lives ...

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