The Song of the Nibelungs - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

The Song of the Nibelungs - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

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THE SONG OF THE NIBELUNGS - With Original Illustrations. A BOOK THAT INSPIRED TOLKIEN. The Song of the Nibelungs (Nibelunglied), a thirteenth century Germanic epic, was a rich source of inspiration for Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. Scholars have noted the influence of its pre-Christian heroic motifs - drawn from historic events and people of the 5th and 6th centuries - on his writing of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Tolkien was five years old when this beautifully illustrated translation by Margaret Armour was published in England under the title 'The Fall of the Nibelungs'. Undoubtedly a copy would have made its way into his hands during his boyhood. Armour uses an archaic form of English to preserve the high-flown style of the original poem. Here and there throughout The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, too, employs this solemn, dignified and majestic form, which is reminiscent of the language of the King James Bible. A glossary of antiquated terms is provided at the back of this book. Armour was the wife of W.B. MacDougall, whose illustrations illuminate the text with their delicate beauty. In his turn, MacDougall was a friend of famous art nouveau illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, and his own drawings echo Beardsley's style. This classic saga, drenched in blood and tragedy, heroism and honour, beauty and nobility, gives us a glimpse into the literature that helped inform Tolkien's imagination, ultimately flowering in his most popular work - The Lord of the Rings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925110036
Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd t/a Leaves of Gold Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Professor's Bookshelf , #1
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

William Brown Macdougall (16 December 1868 - 20 April 1936) was a Scottish artist, wood engraver, etcher and book illustrator.

Table of Contents

FIRST ADVENTURE:

CONCERNING THE NIBELUNGS

SECOND ADVENTURE:

CONCERNING SIEGFRIED

THIRD ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED CAME TO WORMS

FOURTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED FOUGHT WITH THE SAXONS

FIFTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED FIRST SAW KRIEMHILD

SIXTH ADVENTURE:

HOW GUNTHER WENT TO ISSLAND TO WOO

BRUNHILD

SEVENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW GUNTHER WON BRUNHILD

EIGHTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED JOURNEYED TO THE NIBELUNGS

NINTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED WAS SENT TO WORMS

TENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW BRUNHILD WAS RECEIVED AT WORMS

ELEVENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED BROUGHT HIS WIFE HOME

TWELFTH ADVENTURE:

HOW GUNTHER INVITED SIEGFRIED TO

THE HIGHTIDE

THIRTEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THEY RODE TO THE HIGHTIDE

FOURTEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THE QUEENS QUARRELLED

FIFTEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED WAS BETRAYED

SIXTEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED WAS SLAIN

SEVENTEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGFRIED WAS MOURNED AND BURIED

EIGHTEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW SIEGMUND RETURNED HOME

NINETEENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THE NIBELUNG HOARD CAME TO WORMS

BOOK II

TWENTIETH ADVENTURE:

HOW KING ETZEL SENT TO BURGUNDY FOR

KRIEMHILD

TWENTY-FIRST ADVENTURE:

HOW KRIEMHILD JOURNEYED TO THE HUNS

TWENTY-SECOND ADVENTURE:

HOW SHE WAS RECEIVED AMONG THE HUNS

TWENTY-THIRD ADVENTURE:

HOW KRIEMHILD THOUGHT OF REVENGING

HER WRONG

TWENTY-FOURTH ADVENTURE:

HOW WERBEL AND SCHWEMMEL BROUGHT

THE MESSAGE

TWENTY-FIFTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THE KINGS JOURNEYED TO THE HUNS

TWENTY-SIXTH ADVENTURE:

HOW DANKWART SLEW GELFRAT

TWENTY-SEVENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THEY CAME TO BECHLAREN

TWENTY-EIGHTH ADVENTURE:

HOW KRIEMHILD RE-CEIVED HAGEN

TWENTY-NINTH ADVENTURE:

HOW HAGEN AND FOLKER SAT BEFORE

KRIEMHILD’S HALL

THIRTIETH ADVENTURE:

HOW HAGEN AND FOLKER KEPT WATCH

THIRTY-FIRST ADVENTURE:

HOW THE BURGUNDIANS WENT TO CHURCH

THIRTY-SECOND ADVENTURE:

HOW BLOEDEL FOUGHT WITH DANKWART

IN THE HALL

THIRTY-THIRD ADVENTURE:

HOW DANKWART BROUGHT THE NEWS TO

HIS MASTERS

THIRTY-FOURTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THEY THREW DOWN THE DEAD

THIRTY-FIFTH ADVENTURE:

HOW IRING WAS SLAIN

THIRTY-SIXTH ADVENTURE:

HOW THE QUEEN BADE THEM BURN DOWN

THE HALL

THIRTY-SEVENTH ADVENTURE:

HOW RUDEGER WAS SLAIN

THIRTY-EIGHTH ADVENTURE:

HOW DIETRICH’S KNIGHTS WERE ALL SLAIN

THIRTY-NINTH ADVENTURE:

HOW GUNTHER, HAGEN AND KRIEMHILD

WERE SLAIN

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