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  • The Story of the Volsungs

  • The Volsunga Saga
  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Originally written in Icelandic in the 13th century AD by an anonymous author, The Story of The Volsungs is a legendary saga based on Norse mythology. The epic describes the legendary history and heroic feats of several generations of mythic Viking families and derives from many sources, including preexisting Edda, or heroic poems, Norse legends, historical events, and orally transmitted folklore. The saga is imbued throughout with themes of power, jealousy, love, vengeance, and fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate, Poetic, Bloody, Heroic, & Tragic Saga

  • By Jefferson on 03-28-12

Story of the Volsungs

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-13

The Saga of the Volsungs is one of my absolute favorite stories and although this is not my favorite translation, there is a definite poetry to it that's lovely to listen to. Anthony Ferguson does a marvelous job with the epic tone of the work.

I have only one somewhat negative comment. The translator's notes (though strangely, not all of them) are inserted into the reading wherever the footnotes occur, sometimes in the middle of a sentence, with no indication that, suddenly, we're hearing a note. While I have no doubt that these notes are useful for listeners who aren't familiar with either the vocabulary used in the story or with Nordic mythology, I found this method of including them very jarring.

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