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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún
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on 24 February 2015
I didn't have the chance to read the book yet. I bought it for several reasons and expecting something similar to the Lord of the Rings is not one of them. Tolkien was a scholar and I'm interested in how he came out with such a vivid and realistic world, despite of the obvious fantasy. I identified already many of his sources and I'm interested in everything he wrote as I like myths.
Besides, the book itself is simply beautiful and arrived in perfect condition, luckily and thanks to the seller careful wrapping.
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on 9 September 2009
A departure from Tolkien's well known work "The Lord of The Rings" this is his re-writing of an original Norse legend that has been lost over time. Split into two sagas the legend is recounted in poetry. Throughout the book Tolkien (and Christopher Tolkien where it was unfinished) explains the meaning behind the poetry, the legend and the way it is structured. Very easy reading considering.
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on 6 April 2013
This book has been added to my sons Tolkien collection. It is for advanced reading level 6 or 5A primary/ high school. Ideal for bookworm adults too
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on 7 March 2013
very pleased with the book, a brilliant addition to any Tolkien fans collection. also good for people with an interest in history.
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on 25 June 2014
As usual, Tolkien's knowledge and skill at writing shine through, making for a very enjoyable rendition of this old legend.
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on 17 January 2015
A beautiful piece of writing by the master Tolkein if u like tolkeins work then u will love this.
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on 30 January 2015
Great item and super service. What ore could you ask? Many thanks.
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J R R Tolkien

ENOUGH SAID !!!
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on 23 November 2011
This book is a difficult read but the effort is rewarded if you stick with it. It isn't really for fans of Tolkien's most famous works but rather it is for those that enjoy the old Germanic / Norse sagas. It is well known that Tolkien was a master of Germanic languages and drew upon this knowledge to create his most famous works. The evidence is clear from the character names in Lord of the Rings.

This book is written in the Anglo-Saxon meter which many will simply call poetry. While it is written in stanzas, I would say that the rules of this style are stricter than most forms of poetry. Consequently, not everything is spelled out exactly as it is so clearly in prose. While LOTR is easy to read, this is far more challenging. Having read a version of Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon, I believe that Tolkien has mastered this style well. Sigurd and Gudrun has seemingly been adapted from lectures he gave and much of the editing has been done by the author, not his son. Tolkien's son, Christopher, provides fairly extensive notes on the work.

This is an essential work for appreciation of Tolkien's skill as a writer, it isn't necessary to read it if your interest in Tolkien is limited only to LOTR. Therefore I believe that people will become frustrated with the style if they have no real interest in the old sagas.
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on 25 February 2015
great book thanks
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