||The Nordic legends of Sigurd (sometimes referred to as Siegfried) and Gudrun (known as Kriemhild in the Germanic epic poem THE SONG OF THE NIBELUNGS) are some of the prototypical tales of Western mythology, ones that have inspired countless retellings. A professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, the beloved author J.R.R. Tolkien had intimate familiarity with such classics of European mythology, and these ancient tales of warriors, gods, goddesses, adventure, and revenge surely inspired his wildly popular high fantasy books such as THE LORD OF THE RINGS (which, since its publication in the 1950s has attained a mythical status of its own). In this posthumously published work, Tolkien adopts the voice and meter of the ancient texts to retell Sigurd's and Gudrun's stories in verse. One of Tolkien's university lectures introduces this edition, which is edited by Tolkien's son Christopher.