There is of course bravery, chivalry, honor and love in this story as well. When Sigurd kills Fafnir, who is in the guise of a dragon, it is very reminiscent of Beowulf killing Grendel. His daring ride through the rampart of flames surrounding Brynhild's fortress at Hindfjall, is very heroic. Even this great act of heroism becomes tragic when he has to change and become the likeness of Gunnar to win Brynhild for him. What love there is in this tale quickly turns to disaster and misfortune. Steven King himself could not have written a better tale of horror and death . But what shines through all this tragedy is the great heroes, Sigurd, Helgi, Sigmund, Sigi, and of course Volsung himself . I would also have to add Gudrun to that list. She is a very strong woman ! Sigurd especially will live forever in our memories and our hearts. The Volsung's, great warriors, dragon - slayers, heroes for all times !
References used in my articles include:
The Saga of the Volsung's , by Jesse L. Byock
Poems of the Elder Eddas, translated by Patricia Terry
The Poetic Edda, By Lee M. Hollander
Medieval Epics and Sagas, by J.W. Edwards Inc.( a Borders Classic) **
** This is an excellent book if you can still find it ( Borders just went out of business) It contains Beowulf, The Saga of the Volsungs, The Nibelungenlied, The Battle of Magh Rath, The Song of Roland, and the Song of My Cid.
Do not walk away thinking you have read the whole story. In blog form all I could do was condense what is a very long and complex tale. Grab a copy of the Volsung's, or the Eddas, and read it from start to finish. It is a fabulous story that it so well constructed ! Enjoy !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thors protection !