Heidreks Saga. Kobenhavm, 1924. Bound in cloth. Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien in pencil on the end paper.
Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks
(The Saga of Hervar and Heidrek) is a legendary saga from the 13th century combining matter from several older sagas. It is a valuable saga for several different reasons beside its literary qualities. It contains traditions of wars between Goths and Huns, from the 4th century, and the last part is used as a source for Swedish medieval history. Moreover, it was an important source of inspiration for Tolkien when shaping his legends of Middle-earth.
There is much in this saga that readers of tolkien's work will recognize. There are for instance Rohirrim, brave shieldmaidens, Mirkwood, haunted barrows yielding enchanted swords, a mithril mailcoat, an epic battle, a flaming sword and two Dwarves named Dwalin and Durin. J. R. R. tolkien's youngest son, Christopher, translated the work in 1960, entitling his version The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise
This book belonged to tolkien's working library and holds his 1923/24 signature on the front end paper. This book is important since it was an important source of inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien when shaping his works about Middle-earth.
The book shows some foxing and darkening, especially to the end and title pages. Further very fine copy.
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