Download or read The Story of the Volsungs Volsunga Saga PDF, written by William Morris and published by Read Books Ltd. This book was released on 2015-05-06 with total page 281 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This early work by William Morris was originally published in 1899 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. William Morris was born in London, England in 1834. Arguably best known as a textile designer, he founded a design partnership which deeply influenced the decoration of churches and homes during the early 20th century. However, he is also considered an important Romantic writer and pioneer of the modern fantasy genre, being a direct influence on authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. As well as fiction, Morris penned poetry and essays. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Download or read The Story of the Volsungs Volsunga Saga with Excerpts from the Poetic Edda PDF, written by Anonymous and published by DigiCat. This book was released on 2022-09-15 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Story of the Volsungs (Volsunga Saga); with Excerpts from the Poetic Edda" by Anonymous. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.
Download or read The Saga of the Volsungs PDF, written by and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 2013-11-07 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, Beowulf is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 'So the company of men led a careless life, All was well with them: until One began To encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit...' J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.
Download or read The Story of the Volsungs PDF, written by Anonymous and published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. This book was released on 2016-06-11 with total page 152 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Story of The Volsungs - Volsunga Saga - With Excerpts from the Poetic Edda by Anonymous The Volsunga saga, often referred to in English as the Volsunga Saga or Saga of the Volsungs, is a legendary saga, a late 13th century Icelandic prose rendition of the origin and decline of the Volsung clan including the story of Sigurd and Brynhild and destruction of the Burgundians. The saga covers themes including the power struggles among Sigurd's ancestors; Sigurd's killing of the dragon Fafnir; and the influence of the ring Andvaranaut. The saga has given rise to operatic and literary adaptations including Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Henrik Ibsen's The Vikings at Helgeland, William Morris's The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs, and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun. 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 more than recognise the name, if even that, of the great fights of Hafrsfirth or Sticklestead. The language and history of Greece and Rome, their laws and religions, have been always held part of the learning needful to an educated man, but no trouble has been taken to make him familiar with his own people or their tongue. Even that Englishman who knew Alfred, Bede, Caedmon, as well as he knew Plato, Caesar, Cicero, or Pericles, would be hard bestead were he asked about the great peoples from whom we sprang; the warring of Harold Fairhair or Saint Olaf; the Viking kingdoms in these (the British) Western Isles; the settlement of Iceland, or even of Normandy.
Download or read The Story of Sigurd the Volsung PDF, written by William Morris and published by DigiCat. This book was released on 2022-09-15 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs' is an epic poem by William Morris that tells the tragic story, drawn from the Volsunga Saga and the Elder Edda, of the Norse hero Sigmund, his son Sigurd, and Sigurd's wife Gudrun. It sprang from a fascination with the Volsung legend that extended back twenty years to the author's youth, and had already resulted in several other literary and scholarly treatments of the story. It was Morris's own favorite of his poems, and was enthusiastically praised both by contemporary critics and by such figures as T. E. Lawrence and George Bernard Shaw.
Download or read The Story of the Volsungs Volsunga Saga PDF, written by Anonymous Old Norse and published by Book Jungle. This book was released on 2007-01 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Originally written in Icelandic around the 13th century these Old Norse and Icelandic Mythologies were based substantially on previous works, some centuries older. The collection begins with The Story of the Volsugs and Niblungs. This comprehensive collection is a must for anyone interested in Scandinavian literature.
Download or read The Saga of the Volsungs PDF, written by and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 2012-06-19 with total page 159 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This is a book of the highest importance. No one should attempt to teach about Viking society or claim to understand it without being familiar with this chilling and enduring myth."—Eleanor Searle, author of Predatory Kinship & the Creation of Norman Power "Byock's translation is excellent, but his thorough introduction is of equal scholarly importance. . . . His section on Richard Wagner's use of the Volsung material in writing his Ring will expand the topic toward modern Wagnerians."—Michael Bell, University of Colorado "The Saga of the Volsungs is one of the most important texts of Old Icelandic literature, with its treatment of Old Scandinavian heroic traditions. . . . The most difficult part of the text to translate is, of course, the poetry, but also here the translator has been successful."—Vésteinn Olason, University of Oslo
Download or read Saga Six Pack 3 PDF, written by Anonymous and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2016-01-11 with total page 372 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Saga Six Pack 3 presents another scintillating sextet of Scandinavian superhero stories: The Story of Burnt Njál, The Saga of Magnus the Good, The Song of Atli, The Hell-Ride of Brynhild, The Saga of Olaf Kyrre and The Lay of Hamdir.
Download or read Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas PDF, written by W. J. Henderson and published by DigiCat. This book was released on 2022-09-04 with total page 286 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas" (A Biographical Study of the Man and an Explanation of His Work) by W. J. Henderson. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.
Download or read The Story of the Volsungs PDF, written by Anonymous and published by Prabhat Prakashan. This book was released on 2021-01-01 with total page 251 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.' -Preface by Charles Dickens
Download or read Richard Wagner PDF, written by W.J Henderson and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2020-07-25 with total page 334 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Reproduction of the original: Richard Wagner by W.J Henderson
Download or read The Handy Mythology Answer Book PDF, written by David A. Leeming and published by Visible Ink Press. This book was released on 2014-08-18 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Stories centuries in the making, and many centuries worth of stories, are an integral part of modern society. Whether modern or ancient, every culture has its myths. Mythology forms our understanding of our origin, history, and traditions. They tell of our heroes and deities. Myths are vehicles for understanding religion, for learning language, and for understanding society, but they can often be difficult to understand and confusing. The Handy Mythology Answer Book examines and explains, in plain English, numerous myths and mythology. From the ancient Greek and Roman to Egypt and Babylon, from Native North American Indian to Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian, Asian, African, and the lesser known myths from around the world, The Handy Mythology Answer Book has them covered. Whether it is the modern retelling of a classic myth or an ancient story about a Norse god, this helpful resource demystifies the myth, looks at different archetypes and motifs, and even shows how myths help explain our existence and institutions. It answers nearly 600 questions and offers fun facts about the treachery and violence, the inspirational and epic, the supernatural monsters and heroic mortals found in mythology, such as How and when did myths originate? What are the three primary myth types? What is the nature of Creation Myths? How can myths be compared to dreams? Why do humans tell myths? What was the Egyptian Book of the Dead? How is the epic of Gilgamesh like later epics? Why is the biblical flood story so like the Babylonian flood myth? What was the myth of Theseus, the Labyrinth, and the Minotaur? What are the Homeric Hymns? How and why are the Odyssey and the Iliad so different from each other? What is the popular appeal of the Odyssey? Did the Greeks see these myths as religion or as entertainment? What was the background myth of the Oedipus plays? What was the nature of Roman mythology during the Roman Republic? What was the Metamorphosis? How did Christian narrative and tradition fit into and come to dominate the Roman mythological tradition? How is Celtic culture and mythology related to the culture and mythology of Greek, Roman, and other cultures? How did the Vedas contribute to Hindu mythology? Who invented Chinese writing? What was the Aztec pantheon? What is the story of the Cherokee Grandmother Sun? Who are some Native American tricksters? What is the story of Schrödinger’s Cat? How did Freud use myths? How is myth used in politics? A glossary of commonly used terms and an appendix of parallel mythology exploring universal themes, motifs, and archetypes from across various cultures further explains the world of mythology.
Download or read The Volsungs Saga PDF, written by William Morris and published by BoD – Books on Demand. This book was released on 2018-12-17 with total page 150 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Of all the stories kept in being by the saga-tellers and left for our delight, there is none that so epitomises human experience; has within the same space so much of nature and of life; so fully the temper and genius of the Northern folk, as that of the Volsungs and Niblungs, which has in varied shapes entered into the literature of many lands. In the beginning there is no doubt that the story belonged to the common ancestral folk of all the Teutonic of Scando-Gothic peoples in the earliest days of their wanderings. Whether they came from the Hindu Kush, or originated in Northern Europe, brought it with them from Asia, or evolved it among the mountains and rivers it has taken for scenery, none know nor can; but each branch of their descendants has it in one form or another, and as the Icelanders were the very crown and flower of the northern folk, so also the story which is the peculiar heritage of that folk received in their hands its highest expression and most noble form.
Download or read Northrop Frye s Uncollected Prose PDF, written by Northrop Frye and published by University of Toronto Press. This book was released on 2015-01-01 with total page 478 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The present volume includes talks Frye gave that were tape-recorded but for which there is no extant manuscript, taped interviews and responses to questions not included in the volume of interviews of the Collected Works; a previously undiscovered notebook and portions of others, including an extensive series of notes on romance (93,000 words); a brief in opposition to the Macpherson Report on undergraduate education at the University of Toronto; an address about the contribution of Victoria College to Canadian culture; reviews that were until recently unknown to me and the other editors of the Collected Works; a reply to a questionnaire from the American Scholar, and an early essay on poetic diction."--Page xiii
Download or read Storytelling PDF, written by Josepha Sherman and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-03-26 with total page 910 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Storytelling is an ancient practice known in all civilizations throughout history. Characters, tales, techniques, oral traditions, motifs, and tale types transcend individual cultures - elements and names change, but the stories are remarkably similar with each rendition, highlighting the values and concerns of the host culture. Examining the stories and the oral traditions associated with different cultures offers a unique view of practices and traditions."Storytelling: An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore" brings past and present cultures of the world to life through their stories, oral traditions, and performance styles. It combines folklore and mythology, traditional arts, history, literature, and festivals to present an overview of world cultures through their liveliest and most fascinating mode of expression. This appealing resource includes specific storytelling techniques as well as retellings of stories from various cultures and traditions.
Download or read Richard Wagner PDF, written by William James Henderson and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2013-06-06 with total page 523 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An illuminating 1902 account of Wagner's life and artistic aims, with an analysis of each of his music dramas.
Download or read Heroic Sagas and Ballads PDF, written by Stephen A. Mitchell and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2018-10-18 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Heroic Sagas and Ballads, Stephen A. Mitchell examines the world of the medieval Icelandic legendary sagas and their legacy in Scandinavia. Central to his argument is the view that these heroic texts should be studied in the light of the later Icelandic Middle Ages rather than that of the Viking age, although the stories, the tellers, and the audiences are clearly concerned with exactly this period of Scandinavian history. Viewing these sagas as the products of highly diverse forms of inspiration and creation—some oral, some written—Mitchell explores their aesthetic and social dimensions, demonstrating their function both as entertainment and as a literature with a more serious purpose, one with deep roots in Nordic literary consciousness. The traditions that these sagas relate possessed an importance beyond the temporal and geographical confines of medieval Iceland, and Heroic Sagas and Ballads considers the process by which these heroic materials were subsequently recast as metrical romances in Iceland and as ballads throughout the rest of Scandinavia. It is ultimately concerned with much more than just those stories that inspired such modern writers as Richard Wagner and H. Rider Haggard; its anthropological and folkloric approach to the legendary sagas shows how the extraliterary dimensions of medieval texts can be explored. Heroic Sagas and Ballads addresses issues of central importance to medievalists, folklorists, comparatists, Scandinavianists, and students of the ballad.