First edition in English of one of the most influential Norse epics in modern literature.
"The dwarf went into a hollow of rocks, and cried out, that that gold-ring, yea and all the gold withal, should be the bane of every man who should own it thereafter."
This tale of ancient heroes in Norse mythology, which Morris compared to the epics on Troy, sparked the imagination of writers: Wagner's Ring Cycle is based on it, and Tolkien called it his "favourite without rival." Among the many parallels, Tolkien's dragon Smaug in THE HOBBIT was inspired by the treasure-hoarding Fafnir in this saga, and the seed for the One Ring comes from this text's cursed ring Andvaranaut. <br /><br />Morris prepared this version with his tutor in Old Norse, based on the Icelandic version of the NIBELUNGENLIED. This edition is also known for its lavishly gilt pictorial binding.<br /><br />A stunning production, foundational in the study of sources for modern fantasy and beyond.
Read more: Bradford Lee Eden, editor, The Hobbit and Tolkien's Mythology: Essays on Revisions and Influences.
London: F.S. Ellis. 1870. Full title: The story of the Volsungs & Niblungs with certain songs from the Elder Edda. Octavo. 7.5'' x 5''. Original full green cloth, gilt-stamped elaborately across both boards in bird and flower pattern designed by Philip Webb in Arts and Crafts style, gilt-ornamented spine, bottom and fore-edges uncut. Half title; notes, index, and four pages of ads at rear. xx, 275,  pages. Light wear to spine extremities and corners, small spot to fore-edge of a couple leaves: gilt binding stunning.
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