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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (Hardback)

By Tolkien, J. R. R.
Edited by Tolkien, Christopher

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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. Many years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien composed his own version, now publis...hed for the first time, of the great legend of Northern antiquity, in two closely related poems to which he gave the titles The New Lay of the Volsungs and The New Lay of Gudrun. In the Lay of the Volsungs 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 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, 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, and her hideous revenge. Deriving his version primarily from his close study of the ancient poetry of Norway and Iceland known as the Poetic Edda (and from the later prose work the Volsunga Saga), Tolkien employed a verse-form whose lines embody in English the exacting alliterative rhythms and the concentrated energy of the poems of the Edda. This ancient poetry remained a deep force in Tolkien's life's work. Here, at last, is presented the source of the wellspring that would lead to The Hobbit and The Children of Hurin. It is the first full flourishing of a rich narrative style and powerful, dramatic storytelling that was destined to become famous throughout the world.
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ISBN 9780007317233
Released NZ 1 May 2009
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780007317233
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Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Released 1 May 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Tolkien, J. R. R.
Edited by Tolkien, Christopher
Category Poetry Texts & Anthologies
Myth & Legend
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 149mm
Height: 228mm
Spine: 35mm
Dewey Code 398.20948102;398.20948102
Weight 638g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Siegfried (Legendary character), Kriemhild (Legendary character), Englisch, Rezeption, Lyrik
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade