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Advanced Old Norse: Vǫlsunga Saga

Advanced LanguagesGermanic StudiesThe Middle Ages
Precepted by Carl Anderson.
The Advanced Old Norse reading modules return to Vǫlsunga saga (“The Saga of the Vǫlsungs), a medieval Icelandic retelling of one of the best-known legendary cycles of the pre-modern Germanic-speaking world – stories that influenced the operas of Richard Wagner, the fantasies of J. R. R. Tolkien, and many other modern creative artists. This module picks up where previous iterations of this module left the narrative: with the hero Sigurd preparing to confront the dragon Fáfnir. We will translate the text of the saga and discuss both its language and how its version of the legends relates to other versions known from the medieval world. Anyone with a reading knowledge of Old Norse can join this module!

Required Texts

Finch, R. G., ed. Vǫlsunga Saga: The Saga of the Volsungs. Translated by R. G. Finch. Icelandic Texts. London, UK: Nelson, 1965. http://vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/Volsunga saga.pdf. [This text is freely available in PDF form from the Viking Society’s website.]

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