The Story of the Volsungs

Table of Contents


Translators' Preface

The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs.

  1. Of Sigi, the Son of Odin.
  2. Of the Birth of Volsung, the Son of Rerir, who was the Son of Sigi.
  3. Of the Sword that Sigmund, Volsung’s son, drew from the Branstock.
  4. How King Siggeir wedded Signy, and bade King Volsung and his son to Gothland.
  5. Of the Slaying of King Volsung.
  6. Of how Signy sent the Children of her and Siggeir to Sigmund.
  7. Of the Birth of Sinfjotli the Son of Sigmund.
  8. The Death of King Siggeir and of Stigny.
  9. How Helgi, the son of Sigmund, won King Hodbrod and his Realm, and wedded Sigurn.
  10. The ending of Sinfjatli, Sigmund’s Son.
  11. Of King Sigmund’s last Battle, and of how he must yield up his Sword again.
  12. Of the Shards of the Sword Gram, and how Hjordis went to King Alf.
  13. Of the Birth and Waxing of Sigurd Fafnir’s-bane.
  14. Regin’s tale of his Brothers, and of the Gold called Andvari’s Hoard.
  15. Of the Welding together of the Shards of the Sward Gram.
  16. The prophecy of Grifir.
  17. Of Sigurd’s Avenging of Sigmund his Father.
  18. Of the Slaying of the Worm Fafnir.
  19. Of the Slaying of Regin, Son of Hreidmar.
  20. Of Sigurd’s Meeting with Brynhild on the Mountain.
  21. More Wise Words of Brynhild.
  22. Of the Semblance and Array of Sigurd Fafnir’s bane.
  23. Sigurd comes to Hlymdale.
  24. Sigurd sees Brynhild at Hlymdale.
  25. Of the Dream of Gudrun, Giuki’s daughter.
  26. [ . . . ]
  27. The Wooing of Brynhild.
  28. How the Queens held angry converse together at the Bathing.
  29. Of Brynhild’s great Grief and Mourning.
  30. Of the Slaying of Sigurd Fafnir’s-bane.
  31. Of the Lamentation of Gudrun over Sigurd’s dead, as it is told told in ancient Songs.
  32. Of the Ending of Brynhild.
  33. Gudrun wedded to Alii.
  34. Atli bids the Giukings to him.
  35. The Dreams of the Wives of the Giukings.
  36. Of the Journey of the Giukings to King Atli.
  37. The Battle in the Burg of King Atli.
  38. Of the slaying of the Giukings.
  39. The End of Atli and his Kin and Folk.
  40. How Gudrun cast herself into the Sea, but was brought ashore again.
  41. Of the Wedding and Slaying of Swanhild.
  42. Gudrun sends her Sons to avenge 5wanhild.
  43. The Latter End of all the Kin of the Giukings.

Appendix: Excerpts from the Poetic Edda.

  1. Part of the Second Lay of Helgi Hundings-Bane
  2. Part of the Lay of Sigrdrifa
  3. The Lay Called the Short Lay of Sigurd.

Last updated Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 11:58