Volsunga Saga

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Volsunga Saga

cycle of Scandinavian legends, major source of Niebelungenlied. [Scand. Lit.: Benét, 1064]
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14) "The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok," in The Saga of the Volsungs, The Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, together with the Lay of Kraka 192-95.
10) Similarly, in the Saga of the Volsungs (a work which Tolkien knew well), (11) the Valkyrie Brynhild gives Sigurd knowledge of "victory runes" which are carved in the hilt and blade of a sword:
It has been suggested that this scene is almost passed over, both in the telling and in readers' attentions, and that Tolkien has rendered "unobtrusive" an important heroic theme and image (Flieger 54-5), but the opposite is in fact the case; however "familiar and colloquial" the speech, the handing over of the sword stands out as belonging to an important tradition, especially given the similarity to Odin's thrusting of the sword Gram into the tree Barnstock in the Saga of the Volsungs, whence it will be drawn by the hero Sigmund (Saga of the Volsungs ch.