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Sigurd


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In Norse legend the equivalent of the Germanic Siegfried, the last of the Volsungs who kills the dragon Fafnir and takes his treasure; betrothed to the Valkyrie Brynhild, he is tricked into forgetting her and marrying the Nibelung princess Gudrun. He wins Brynhild for Gudrun's brother Gunnar, but when Brynhild discovers the part he has played, she incites Gunnar and his brother Hogni into killing Sigurd.

The stories of Sigurd are told in a number of poems in the Poetic Edda. William Morris made him the subject of his long narrative poem, The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs (1876).

Subjects: Religion.


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