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THE LEGEND OF SIGURD AND GUDRUN

BY

J.R.R. Tolkien

Edited by Christopher Tolkien

Contents

COVER PAGE

TITLE PAGE

FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION TO THE ‘ELDER EDDA’

VOLSUNGAKVI?A EN NYJA (‘The New Lay of the Volsungs’)

UPPHAF

I: ANDVARA-GULL

II: SIGNY

III: DAU?I SINFJOTLA

IV: F?DDR SIGUR?R

V: REGIN

VI: BRYNHILDR

VII: GU?RUN

VIII: SVIKIN BRYNHILDR

IX: DEILD

COMMENTARY on VOLSUNGAKVI?A EN NYJA

GU?RUNARKVI?A EN NYJA e?a DRAP NIFLUNGA

GU?RUNARKVI?A EN NYJA (‘The New Lay of Gudrun’)

COMMENTARY on GU?RUNARKVI?A EN NYJA

APPENDICES

APPENDIX A A short account of the ORIGINS OF THE LEGEND

APPENDIX B THE PROPHECY OF THE SIBYL

APPENDIX C FRAGMENTS OF A HEROIC POEM OF ATTILA IN OLD ENGLISH

WORKS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN

COPYRIGHT PAGE

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

FOREWORD

FOREWORD

In his essay On Fairy-Stories (1947) my father wrote of books that he read in his childhood, and in the course of this he said:

I had very little desire to look for buried treasure or fight pirates, and Treasure Island left me cool. Red Indians were better: there were bows and arrows (I had and have a wholly unsatisfied desire to shoot well with a bow), and strange languages, and glimpses of an archaic mode of life, and above all, forests in such stories. But the land of Merlin and Arthur were better than these, and best of all the nameless North of Sigurd and the Volsungs, and the prince of all dragons. Such lands were pre-eminently desirable.

That the ancient poetry in the Old Norse language known by the names of the Elder Edda or the Poetic Edda remained a deep if submerged force in his later life’s work is no doubt recognised. It is at any rate well-known that he derived the names of the dwarves in The Hobbit from the first of the poems in the Edda, the Voluspa, ‘the Prophecy of the Sibyl’ – remarking in a lightly sardonic but not uncharacteristic tone to a friend in December 1937:

I don’t much approve of The Hobbit myself, preferring my own mythology (which is just touched on) with its consistent nomenclature . . . to this rabble of Eddaic-named dwarves out of Voluspa, newfangled hobbits and gollums (invented in an idle hour) and Anglo-Saxon runes.

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