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The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Apr 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, favorites, mythology, norse, tolkien
Read in September, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Lovely, but wow, very bleak. I forget the incredible Norse capacity for woe and savagery. Do not mess with Gudrun. She'll kill her own kids and make you eat them just to spite you. This may be terrible of me, but I sort of loved the part where they threaten to cut out Hogni's heart, and they cut out the heart of some random serving dude instead and bring it to Gunnar, Hogni's brother. Gunnar laughs and says the heart quakes too much on the plate for it to be Hogni's: he was fearless. They then cut out Hogni's heart and bring it to Gunnar, and this time he recognizes it as his brother's, for it quaked little on the plate and little in his chest when he lived. I highly recommend reading the whole thing; tragic endings aside, I do wish I lived in that world sometimes. Perhaps I should be concerned by these violent tendencies...

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