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The Wolf and the Raven
The Wolf and the Raven
Author: Diana L. Paxson
ISBN-13: 9780380765263
ISBN-10: 0380765268
Publication Date: 4/1994
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Avon Books
Book Type: Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The legend of Siegfried and Brunhilde--popularized in Icelandic sagas, the medieval German epic Nibelungenlied and Wagner's operas--is imaginatively retold in this lyrical narrative, the first installment of a projected trilogy. Tapping the myth's archaic sources and using alternate spellings for his characters' names, Paxson ( The Serpent's Tooth ) creates an untamed, down-to-earth young Sigfrid who studies shamanism, runs with a wolf pack and asks his beloved Brunahild, "What do you need a hero for anyway?" The self-searching Brunahild, a budding sorceress, belies the stereotype of the Wagnerian soprano with brass bra and winged helmet, although she does attend a Valkyrie training school and wear a raven-winged headdress. With her knowledge of herbs, runes and spells comes understanding, then love. As in Wagner, the theft of a treasure is the source of evil, but nonetheless the lovers achieve their long-desired union at the novel's close. Set in a fifth-century Rhineland aswarm with migrant tribes, gods and spirits, Paxson's detailed retelling distills an exotic brew from the famous myth.
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The story of Siegfreid, Brunhild, and Gudrun. First in a series of three called Wodan's Children. The other two are Dragons of the Rhine and Lord of Horses.