Summer is coming, and it is time to go out and about, travel and read books outside! Most will know about the previously unknown work by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the epic story of the Norse hero, Sigurd, the dragon-slayer, the revenge of his wife, Gudrún, and the Fall of the Nibelungs, that was released in 2009.
If you read and liked The Hobbit
and The Lord of the Rings
, learned more about tolkien's mythology by reading The Silmarillion
or even worked your way through the series of The History of Middle-earth
. I can imagine that now you want another great reading of Tolkien fantasy? Maybe you should skip this book and go for a copy of Unfinished Tales
, since The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun is something different and can be seen as a scholarly work.
if you are into Norse mythology, and have for example already read Beowulf
, Sir Orfeo
and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
, you will love this book as well. In this book J.R.R Tolkien has recreated a unified Norse mythology, written in English, but following the classic 8 line stanzaic style of the Elder Eddas, the Old Norse poetry form.
It really is a treat to get this style of poetry rendered in the common speech. It will not take you long and you feel the urge to speak these poems out loud and get a good feeling how these tales once were told in the halls of the kings of old.