By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudr?n is a previously unpublished paintings by means of J.R.R. Tolkien, written whereas Tolkien was once Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and ‘30s, earlier than he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the jewelry. It makes to be had for the 1st time Tolkien’s vast retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse stories of Sigurd the V?lsung and the autumn of the Niflungs. It comprises an creation through J.R.R. Tolkien, drawn from considered one of his personal lectures on Norse literature, with remark and notes at the poems by means of Christopher Tolkien.

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28), with the loss of all Eddaic poetry for the central part of the legend of Sigurd. In this situation, there is an essential aid to the understanding of the Northern legend. This is the Völsunga Saga, written, probably in Iceland, in the thirteenth century, though the oldest manuscript is much later: a prose tale of the fate of the whole Völsung race from the far ancestry of Sigmund, father of Sigurd, and continuing on to the fall of the Niflungs and the death of Atli (Attila) and beyond. It is founded both on Eddaic lays that survive and other sources now lost; and ‘it is solely from the lays that it has used,’ my father said in a lecture, ‘that it derives its power and the attraction that it has for all those who come to it,’ for he did not hold the author’s artistic capacity in high regard.

To provide a comprehensive account of the much discussed problems that he sought to resolve would lead all too easily to the first appearance of the ‘New Lays’ after some eighty years with a great weight of scholarly discussion hung about their necks. This is not to be thought of. But it seems to me that the publication of his poems provides an opportunity to hear the author himself, through the medium of the notes with which he prepared for his lectures, speaking (as it were) in characteristic tones on those very elements of doubt and difficulty that are found in the old narratives.

To this rabble of Eddaic-named dwarves out of Völuspá, newfangled hobbits and gollums (invented in an idle hour) and Anglo-Saxon runes. But it is certainly not well-known, indeed scarcely known at all (though it can be discovered from existing publications), that he wrote two closely associated poems treating of the Völsung and Niflung (or Nibelung) legend, using modern English fitted to the Old Norse metre, amounting to more than five hundred stanzas: poems that have never been published until now, nor has any line been quoted from them.

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