Originally published in 1913 as a portion of the author's larger "The Book of Epic," and equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 16 pages, this Kindle edition retells, in plain English prose, William Morris's epic poem "The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs" (1876), which is based on the famous "Volsunga Saga" contained in "Younger Edda" (or "Prose Edda") -- Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson's 13th-century book of Nordic mythology.

Includes Supplemental Material:

? The Story of Sigurd in Brief
? About William Morris

Sample passage:
Still guided by the birds, Sigurd next rode up a mountain, crowned by a baleful light, which he presently discovered emanated from a fire forming a barrier of flame around a fortress. Setting spurs to his divine steed, Sigurd rode right through these flames, which then flickered and died down, and discovered in the center of the fortress a mound, whereon lay an apparently lifeless warrior. Using his sword to cut the armor fastenings, Sigurd discovered, beneath this armor, the Valkyr or battle-maiden Brynhild, who, on recovering consciousness, hailed her return to life and light with rapture and warmly thanked her deliverer. Then the two, having fallen in love with each other at first sight, explained to each other who they were; and Sigurd, after relating his own origin and adventures, learned that Brynhild, a Valkyr, having defied Odin by saving a man he had doomed to death, had been condemned to mate with any mortal who claimed her hand.

About the Author:
Helene A. Guerber (1859-1929) was a British historian and author who brought literature and history to life. Other works include "The Story of the Greeks," "Stories of Shakespeare's Tragedies," and "The Story of the Thirteen Colonies."

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