HarperCollins to publish “Sigurd”

01.07.09 | Kunochan | 2 Comments

Via Chapter & Verse: HarperCollins will publish Tolkien’s reworking of “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.”

“The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún” is Tolkien’s version – in English narrative verse – of the epic Norse tales of Sigurd the Völsung and the Fall of the Niflungs. Tolkien’s son Christopher edited the book and wrote the introduction.

Tolkien took a number of stabs at epic poetry, although this collection apparently has the added benefit of being in English. This isn’t something that’s going to appeal to casual fans, though. Only superfans and students of Old Norse are going to be interested. Fortunately, I’m two for two!

The hardcover hits the nation’s few remaining book stores in May.

The Tolkien Studies Blog has more about The Lay of the Volsungs, which heavily influenced much of Tolkien’s Legendarium, particularly Narn i Chîn Húrin (“Of Túrin Turambar” in The Silmarillion; and The Children of Húrin).

The Saga of the Volsungs translated by Jesse Byock, my Old Norse Studies prof at UCLA.

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