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The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun
by J R R Tolkien
Binding: Audio CD, Unabridged edition edition
Publisher: HarperCollins UK Audio
Weight: 0 pound
ISBN 10: 0007318820
ISBN 13: 9780007318827
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Many years ago, J. R. R. Tolkien composed his own version now published 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 V lsungs' and 'The New Lay of Gudr n.' In the 'Lay of the V lsungs' is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of F fnir 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 of Gudr n 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 Gudr n. In the 'Lay of Gudr n' 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. Deriving his version primarily from his close study of the ancient poetry of Norway and Iceland known as the Poetic Edda (and where no old poetry exists, from the later prose work the V lsunga Saga), J. R. R. Tolkien employed a verse form of short stanzas whose lines embody in English the exacting alliterative rhythms and the concentrated energy of the poems of the Edda. Christopher Tolkien


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