Saga of the Volsungs : The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok Together With the Lay of Kraka

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  • Unknown Binding
  • 270 pages
  • Saga of the Volsungs : The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok Together With the Lay of Kraka
  • Margaret Schlauch
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 9780404147044

10 thoughts on “Saga of the Volsungs : The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok Together With the Lay of Kraka

  1. says:

    This consists of three works, connected through the legendary Viking Ragnar Lodbrok The Saga of the Volsungs is the most famous, and the most fantastic of the stories, but Ragnar Lodbrok s saga has some moments I can just picture the scene Your army was driven off by the sound of a magical cow You re drunk, soldier Put yourself on report

  2. says:

    A now somewhat dated translation of the Volsunga saga but still a gem because it s the only English translation of the entire manuscript Readers of the popular translations will love the Ragnar sagas continuation of the Volsung history.

  3. says:

    I find these ancient stories surprisingly readable and enjoyable The Saga of Ragnar comes right out of the Saga of the Volsungs, so it makes sense to group them together The Lay of Kraka is a poetic version of The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok.As in the Prose Edda and even Beowulf, there s a real elegaic quality to these stories as well The doom of the Volsungs hangs over the entire story of Sigurd s ancestors and descendants A doom tied to Sigurd s greatest act the slaying of Fafnir There s a Greekness to the tragedy there, how that which brought him most glory proved to be the downfall of his people It s a story of deceit, infidelity, incest, betrayal, fratricide, filicide, patricide, and so on A story brutal and cold but with surprising emotional heft It s an interesting way to tell the stories of cultural heroes Because there are not simple characters of nobility and greatness They re as savage as they are generous, clever as they are petty, kind and gentle as they are cruel The Saga of Ragnar is a bit straightforward, with Ragnar being clearly heroic, despite rape, pillage, murder, and so on Besides Ragnar s story, this is about his second wife, Kraka or Aslaug, the daughter of Sigurd , and their children, especially Ivar the Boneless.What s especially interesting about Ragnar s Saga is that it s closer to history than the Saga of the Volsungs, which is primarily mythic Both Ragnar Lodbrok and Ivar the Boneless and his brothers are historical figures, though Ragnar has a legendary quality to him Ivar the Boneless, besides having mythic qualities ascribed to him, was the conqueror of much of England, though it happens quite a bit differently than in the Saga.Anyrate, surprisingly enjoyable Also a reminder that people have no changed in a thousand years.

  4. says:

    I searched for this book for YEARS I read it from the library in high school and it kick started my craze for Norse and Icelandic literature Then I tried to find it again as an adult and it turned out to be aggravatingly rare But I finally got my hands on a reasonably priced copy so I can relive my first Viking saga The Saga of the Volsungs is surprisingly sophisticated for a piece of 13th century literature The chaos caused by Sigurd s multiple marriages and the ensuing downfall of three great families is complex enough both technically and emotionally to make for a brilliant novel or TV series even today Which I suppose is why it inspired both Wagner and Tolkien.Brynhild is a brilliant tragic heroine and my favourite but Gudrun and Signy are powerful female characters who move the plot forward in their own right, and are just as grim and fearsome as their brothers or husbands The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, as Margaret observes in her introduction, is not as good as the saga that precedes it If you ve watched the Vikings TV series then you d probably be surprised to find out he rashly invades England against everyone s advice like a dumbass and then dies ignominiously in a snake pit It s his sons that really shine, especially Ivar the Boneless who is perhaps the most accomplished despite not being able to walk Ivar, and Ragnar s second wife Aslaug, another fearsome woman, make this saga worth reading.

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