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The poems themselves are incredible, telling an amazing story in perfectly written stanzas.
The poems retell one of the most famous stories in Norse legend--the sources are the two Eddas, the Volsunga Saga, and others--but Tolkien gives here his own version.
If Tolkien wrote it I will read it so of course I will recommend this book, but it is Kool to read about something other the LoR or Hobbit.
How grateful we all should be to live in an age after the great Tolkien has written his works. I am constantly amazed at the mind of a giant like J.R.R. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Badluck Bob
Great translations and such beautiful poetry. Truly a testament
To Germanic literature and oral tradition. A must read.
This is a great read. A facinating story. Sadly, Tolkien died before he could finish it. It is a great trip as far as it goes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JohnGregory
A must for Tolkien fans and readers interested in old norse mythological poetry. The whole scope of Tolkien's philological knowledge and poetic skills are brought to bear in this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Juan Pablo
This is such an interesting story. I find myself referring back to it often for comparisons to situations in today's world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol Reed
In the Elder Edda, parts of the Sigurd story are told in the heroic lays, but longer stories were always told as prose sagas. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diana L. Paxson
I love it. Tolkien, you're a master. It's a great and simple read if you have a background in Norse Mythology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CorbeauBlanc
A little known work by Tolkien (and I mean 'work', being so much the result of research and comment), it is a delight for anyone interested in origins, poetry, the past, the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. A. Greet Boissiere
There are much better versions of this tale than Tolkien's, though I appreciate the way he used the meter and rhyme scheme of the ancient skalds. Read morePublished 6 months ago by peter bonkemeyer