The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a previously unpublished work by J.R.R. Tolkien, written while Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford during the 1920s and ‘30s, before he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It makes available for the first time Tolkien’s extensive retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse tales of Sigurd the Völsung and The Fall of the Niflungs. It includes an introduction by J.R.R. Tolkien, drawn from one of his own lectures on Norse literature, with commentary and notes on the poems by Christopher Tolkien.

Baker & Taylor
Tolkien's retellings of the Norse legends of Sigurd, the dragon slayer and blood-brother of the Niflungs, and Gudrâun, a Niflung forced to marry Attila the Hun who the murders her brothers.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547273426
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOLKI...J
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tolkien, Christopher
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Publishers, 2009."


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Aug 02, 2017

This work admirably displays Tolkien's powers as a poet who has fully mastered skaldic verse forms. He breathes new life into ancient poetics as well as into ancient myths. Literati have ignored Tolkien's real genius for far too long. It's time his reputation be raised from mere "fantasy writer" to one of the Twentieth Century's truly great writers.

AAndersen_0 Jan 20, 2014

A really good book explaining how Tolkien got the ideas for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books. Also very interesting was the Norse poems and how they were constructed to tell their myths and stories. A very easy to read book that is full of information. Great!


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