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The Saga of the Volsungs

The Saga of the Volsungs

with The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

Translated and Edited, with an Introduction, by Jackson Crawford

August 2017 - 182 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth (with dust jacket) 978-1-62466-634-6
$48.00
Paper 978-1-62466-633-9
$15.00
Examination 978-1-62466-633-9
$2.00

Quick Overview

"This is a wonderfully supple and idiomatic modern translation of the most important account of the legendary Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer and his family in Old Norse-Icelandic literature. Crawford's version is vivid, clear, and exciting, tracing the intrigues, killings, battles, and magic that shape the lives of Sigurd’s kindred. Coupled with it is the brilliant sequel, the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok. Rarely translated into English before, the saga tells of Sigurd's daughter and her husband, the unparalleled Viking king and hero, Ragnar, who is also a dragon-slayer. Lively and fresh, with gripping dialogue and intense scenes of action, the saga has long deserved to be better known. In Jackson Crawford it has found the perfect translator." —Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature, University of Oxford

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From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda (Hackett, 2015) comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature. Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members—including, among others, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok.

 

Reviews:

"This is a wonderfully supple and idiomatic modern translation of the most important account of the legendary Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer and his family in Old Norse-Icelandic literature. Crawford's version is vivid, clear, and exciting, tracing the intrigues, killings, battles, and magic that shape the lives of Sigurd's kindred. Coupled with it is the brilliant sequel, the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok. Rarely translated into English before, the saga tells of Sigurd’s daughter and her husband, the unparalleled Viking king and hero, Ragnar, who is also a dragon-slayer. Lively and fresh, with gripping dialogue and intense scenes of action, the saga has long deserved to be better known. In Jackson Crawford it has found the perfect translator."
     —Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature, University of Oxford

 

About the Author:

Jackson Crawford Author PhotoJackson Crawford earned his Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia. He has taught Norse mythology, the Old Norse language, and the history of the Scandinavian languages at UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Instructor of Nordic Studies and Coordinator of the Nordic Program, University of Colorado Boulder.

Watch Jackson Crawford discuss and summarize The Saga of the Volsungs in a three part series from his YouTube channel in the videos below.

The Saga of the Volsungs, Part 1 of 3
An introduction to The Saga of the Volsungs, with a recap of the first 10 chapters.

 

The Saga of the Volsungs, Part 2 of 3 (The Life and Death of Sigurd)
Recaps chapters 11-31, telling of the life and death of the greatest Norse hero.

 

The Saga of the Volsungs, Part 3 of 3
The Saga of the Volsungs concludes with the last stand of Gunnar and Hogni and the terrible vengeance of Guđrún.

 

For more videos about Norse mythology visit Jackson Crawford's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/jacksoncrawford