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The Story of the Volsungs

Translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson


Title Page
Translators' Preface
Chapter I: Of Sigi, the Son of Odin.
Chapter II: Of the Birth of Volsung, the Son of Rerir, who was the Son of Sigi.
Chapter III: Of the Sword that Sigmund, Volsung's son, drew from the Branstock.
Chapter IV: How King Siggeir wedded Signy, and bade King Volsung and his son to Gothland.
Chapter V: Of the Slaying of King Volsung.
Chapter VI: Of how Signy sent the Children of her and Siggeir to Sigmund.
Chapter VII: Of the Birth of Sinfjotli the Son of Sigmund.
Chapter VIII: The Death of King Siggeir and of Stigny.
Chapter IX: How Helgi, the son of Sigmund, won King Hodbrod and his Realm, and wedded Sigurn.
Chapter X: The ending of Sinfjatli, Sigmund's Son.
Chapter XI: Of King Sigmund's last Battle, and of how he must yield up his Sword again.
Chapter XII: Of the Shards of the Sword Gram, and how Hjordis went to King Alf.
Chapter XIII: Of the Birth and Waxing of Sigurd Fafnir's-bane.
Chapter XIV: Regin's tale of his Brothers, and of the Gold called Andvari's Hoard.
Chapter XV: Of the Welding together of the Shards of the Sward Gram.
Chapter XVI: The prophecy of Grifir.
Chapter XVII: Of Sigurd's Avenging of Sigmund his Father.
Chapter XVIII: Of the Slaying of the Worm Fafnir.
Chapter XIX: Of the Slaying of Regin, Son of Hreidmar.
Chapter XX: Of Sigurd's Meeting with Brynhild on the Mountain
Chapter XXI: More Wise Words of Brynhild.
Chapter XXII: Of the Semblance and Array of Sigurd Fafnir's bane.
Chapter XXIII: Sigurd comes to Hlymdale.
Chapter XXIV: Sigurd sees Brynhild at Hlymdale.
Chapter XXV: Of the Dream of Gudrun, Giuki's daughter.
Chapter XXVI
Chapter XXVII: The Wooing of Brynhild.
Chapter XXVIII: How the Queens held angry converse together at the Bathing.
Chapter XXIX: Of Brynhild's great Grief and Mourning.
Chapter XXX: Of the Slaying of Sigurd Fafnir's-bane.
Chapter XXXI: Of the Lamentation of Gudrun over Sigurd's dead.
Chapter XXXII: Of the Ending of Brynhild.
Chapter XXXIII: Gudrun wedded to Alii.
Chapter XXXIV: Atli bids the Giukings to him.
Chapter XXXV: The Dreams of the Wives of the Giukings.
Chapter XXXVI: Of the Journey of the Giukings to King Atli.
Chapter XXXVII: The Battle in the Burg of King Atli.
Chapter XXXVIII: Of the slaying of the Giukings.
Chapter XXXIX: The End of Atli and his Kin and Folk.
Chapter XL: How Gudrun cast herself into the Sea, but was brought ashore again.
Chapter XLI: Of the Wedding and Slaying of Swanhild.
Chapter XLII: Gudrun sends her Sons to avenge Swanhild.
Chapter XLIII: The Latter End of all the Kin of the Giukings.
Appendix I: Part Of The Second Lay Of Helgi Hundings-Bane
Appendix II: Part Of The Lay Of Sigrdrifa
Appendix III: The Lay Called The Short Lay Of Sigurd
Appendix IV: The Hell-Ride Of Brynhild
Appendix V: Fragments Of The Lay Of Brynhild
Appendix VI: The Second Or Ancient Lay Of Gudrun
Appendix VII: The Song Of Atli
Appendix VIII: The Whetting Of Gudrun
Appendix IX: The Lay Of Hamdir
Appendix X: The Lament Of Oddrun