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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anonymous Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Originally written in Icelandic in the thirteenth century AD by an anonymous author, The Story of The Volsungs is a legendary saga based on Norse mythology. The epic describes the legendary history and heroic feats of several generations of mythic Viking families and derives from many sources, including preexisting Edda, or heroic poems, Norse legends, historical events, and orally transmitted folklore. The saga is imbued throughout with themes of power, jealousy, love, vengeance, and fear. Often considered a critical influence on such later works as Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Story of the Volsungs is a powerful epic that continues to resonate for modern listeners. This edition—which includes excerpts from the Poetic Eddas, one of the sources of The Story of the Volsungs—is the translation by William Morris and Eirikr Magnússon.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Max Gibson | 2/20/2014

    " This book is truly its genre: EPIC! The stories within the Saga are so intense with raging emotions, drama, and bloodshed. I do suggest reading 'The Poetic Edda' before this though as it will give you a stronger idea of what is going on (Because even an English translation of a 13th C. Icelandic text is difficult to read!). A definite read for any love of Norse Mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/11/2014

    " This book was excellent! Its cool to finally know where a lot of our popular fantasy like Lord of the Rings originated. The translation was great as well. The story is so cool but at the same time so depressing. Everyone is bent on revenge and the love of gold. Every one ends up dead or in the throws of despair and then they end up dead anyway. But still, it is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting set of stories but a little hard to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by ben | 1/25/2014

    " This saga reads like a translation, but that does not detract from the storyline or the history and myth found within. This is one of the best known Icelandic stories and the translation with notes is helpful in getting the full meaning behind the text. "

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