The Saga of the Volsungs

The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer

by Jesse L. Byock

The Saga of the Volsungs is an Icelandic epic of special interest to admirers of Richard Wagner, who drew heavily upon this Norse source in writing his Ring Cycle and a primary source for writers of fantasy such as J. R. R. Tolkien and romantics such as William Morris.

A trove of traditional lore, it tells of love, jealousy, vengeance, war, and the mythic deeds of the dragonslayer, Sigurd the Volsung.

Byock's comprehensive introduction explores the history, legends, and myths contained in the saga and traces the development of a narrative that reaches back to the period of the great folk migrations in Europe when the Roman Empire collapsed.
  • University of California Press; June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780520951518
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: The Saga of the Volsungs
  • Author: Jesse L. Byock (trans.)
  • Imprint: University of California Press