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Project Gutenberg's The Story of the Volsungs, (Volsunga Saga), by Anonymous This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Story of the Volsungs, (Volsunga Saga) With Excerpts from the Poetic Edda Author: Anonymous Release Date: December, 1997 [EBook #1152] Posting Date: August 7, 2008 Last Updated: October 25, 2008 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE STORY OF THE VOLSUNGS *** Produced by Douglas B. Killings THE STORY OF THE VOLSUNGS, (VOLSUNGA SAGA) WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE POETIC EDDA By Anonymous Originally written in Icelandic (Old Norse) in the thirteenth century A.D., by an unknown hand. However, most of the material is based substantially on previous works, some centuries older. A few of these works have been preserved in the collection of Norse poetry known as the "Poetic Edda". The text of this edition is based on that published as "The Story of the Volsungs", translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson (Walter Scott Press, London, 1888). Douglas B. Killings SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY: RECOMMENDED READING-- Anonymous: "Kudrun", Translated by Marion E. Gibbs & Sidney Johnson (Garland Pub., New York, 1992). Anonymous: "Nibelungenlied", Translated by A.T. Hatto (Penguin Classics, London, 1962). Saxo Grammaticus: "The First Nine Books of the Danish History", Translated by Oliver Elton (London, 1894; Reissued by the Online Medieval and Classical Library as E-Text OMACL #28, 1997). INTRODUCTION It would seem fitting for a Northern folk, deriving the greater and better part of their speech, laws, and customs from a Northern root, that the North should be to them, if not a holy land, yet at least a place more to be regarded than any part of the world beside; that howsoever their knowledge widened of other men, the faith and deeds of their forefathers would never lack interest for them, but would always be kept in remembrance. One cause after another has, however, aided in turning attention to classic men and lands at the cost of our own history. Among battles, "every schoolboy" knows the story of Marathon or Salamis, while it would be hard indeed to find one who did
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