This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. It is a valuable saga for several different reasons beside its literary qualities. It contains traditions of wars between Goths and Huns , from the 4th century, and the last part is used as a source for Swedish medieval history. Moreover, it was an important source of inspiration for Tolkien when shaping his legends of Middle-earth.
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This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. It is a valuable saga for several different reasons beside its literary qualities.
It contains traditions of wars between Goths and Huns , from the 4th century, and the last part is used as a source for Swedish medieval history. Moreover, it was an important source of inspiration for Tolkien when shaping his legends of Middle-earth. However, the saga may be most appreciated for its memorable imagery, as seen in a quote from one of its translators, Nora Kershaw Chadwick , on the invasion of the Horde:. The commentary by the editor and translator Christopher Tolkien is generally accepted, and it agrees with this article, save where a note indicates differently.
See . The saga deals with the sword Dvalinn and Durin for king Svafrlami. From the barrow it was retrieved by Angantyr's daughter, the shieldmaiden Hervor who summoned her dead father to claim her inheritance. Then the saga continues with her and her son Heidrek , the king of Reidgotaland.
Between his sons Angantyr and Hlod , there is a great battle about their father's heritage and Hlod is aided by the Huns. However, Hlod is defeated and killed. In the end, the saga relates that Angantyr, had the son Heidhrekr Ulfhamr who was king of Reidgotaland for a long time. Heidhrekr's daughter was Hildr and she had the son Halfdan the Valiant , who was the father of Ivar Vidfamne. After Ivar Vidfamne follows a list of Swedish kings , both real and semi-legendary , ending with Philip Halstensson , but this was probably composed separately from the rest of the saga and integrated with it in later redactions.
However, these sources differ somewhat. For instance R is held to be closest to the original version and is more similar to U than to H , but lacks the first chapter and an ending. On the other hand, it includes Hjalmar 's death song. H ends with Gestumblindi and R ends just before the end of ch. However, there are two 17th century copies of H , AM , 4to h1 and AM b, 4to h2 , and they preserve the riddles of Gestumblindi from the H version. A slightly different version of the stemma has been reconstructed by Alaric Hall.
The matter on the Gothic wars with the Huns is of considerable age, and is based on events from the early or mid-4th century that were transmitted for almost years. It is a testimony to its great age that names appear in genuinely Germanic forms and not in any form remotely influenced by Latin. The events take place where the Goths lived during the wars with the Huns.
The Gothic capital Arheimar is located on the Dniepr The mythical Mirkwood which separates the Goths from the Huns, appears to correspond to Maeotian marshes. Although, the names testify to a historical basis, the events themselves have proved harder to align with other sources. There is much in this saga that readers of Tolkien's work will recognize. There are for instance warriors similar to the Rohirrim , brave shieldmaidens , Mirkwood , haunted barrows yielding enchanted swords see Barrow-downs , a mithril mailcoat, an epic battle, a flaming sword and two Dwarves named Dwalin and Durin.
Tolkien's youngest son, Christopher , translated the work in , entitling his version The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise see bibliography. My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close.
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Hervarar Saga ok Heiðreks
It is a valuable saga for several different reasons: it contains traditions of wars between the Goths and the Huns from the 4th century; the final part of the saga is used as a source for Swedish medieval history. The saga may be most appreciated for its memorable imagery, as seen in a quote from one of its translators, Nora Kershaw Chadwick , on the invasion of the Horde:. It has inspired later writers and derivative works, such as J. Tolkien when shaping his legends of Middle-earth. There are two main manuscript sources for the text, dating to the 14th and 15th centuries, often referred to as H and R , respectively. There is a third version, often referred to as U , from 17th-century paper manuscript R held at the University Library in Uppsala. There are also copied versions written down in the late 17th century; whereas the two early versions are on parchment , these later versions are on paper.
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