The legend of sigurd and gudrn is a book containing two narrative poems and related texts composed by j r r tolkien it was published by houghton mifflin harcourt and harpercollins on 5 may 2009. Lord of the rings sigurd and gudrun legend of sigurd old norse norse mythology christopher tolkien middle earth jrr tolkien cursed ring son christopher elder edda dragon fafnir lay of gudrun norse poetry dwarf andvari valkyrie brynhild highly recommended old english epic poetry rings and the hobbit. Reading the legend of sigurd and gudrun one starts to get a feel for where tolkien was coming from when he wrote the lord of the rings told in the style of a very old english epic poem tolkien has rewritten the ancient norse classics from the elder edda into two distinct stories the lay of the volsungs and the lay of gudrun. Many years ago jrr tolkien composed his own version of the great legend of northern antiquity recounted here in the legend of sigurd and gudrn in the lay of the vlsungs is told the ancestry of the great hero sigurd the slayer of ffnir most celebrated of dragons of his awakening of the . This pure northernness is the heart of the legend of sigurd and gudrun two previously unpublished poems that now appear for the first time in a book scrupulously edited by tolkiens son
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