The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs, With Certain Songs from the Elder Edda
The Volsunga Saga, or the story of the Volsung family, is one of the earliest remaining examples of epic poetry, dating back to at least 1000 c.e. It tells of the adventures of a number of heroes, including Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (who served as inspiration for Aragorn in Lord of the Rings), and his lover, the shieldmaiden Brynnhildr. Odin himsel fmakes regular appearances, typically as a one-eyed old man wrapped in a hooded cloak.
Chapter I: Of Sigi, the Son of Odin.
Chapter II: Of the Birth of Volsung, the Son of Rerir, who was the Son of Sigi.
Chapter III: Of the Sword that Sigmund, Volsung's son, drew from the Branstock.
Chapter IV: How King Siggeir wedded Signy, and bade King Volsung and his son to Gothland.
Chapter V: Of the Slaying of King Volsung.
Chapter VI: Of how Signy sent the Children of her and Siggeir to Sigmund.
Chapter VII: Of the Birth of Sinfjotli the Son of Sigmund.
Chapter VIII: The Death of King Siggeir and of Stigny.
Chapter IX: How Helgi, the son of Sigmund, won King Hodbrod and his Realm, and wedded Sigurn.
Chapter X: The ending of Sinfjatli, Sigmund's Son.
Chapter XI: Of King Sigmund's last Battle, and of how he must yield up his Sword again.
Chapter XII: Of the Shards of the Sword Gram, and how Hjordis went to King Alf.
Chapter XIII: Of the Birth and Waxing of Sigurd Fafnir's-bane.
Chapter XIV: Regin's tale of his Brothers, and of the Gold called Andvari's Hoard.
Chapter XV: Of the Welding together of the Shards of the Sward Gram.
Chapter XVI: The prophecy of Grifir.
Chapter XVII: Of Sigurd's Avenging of Sigmund his Father.
Chapter XVIII: Of the Slaying of the Worm Fafnir.
Chapter XIX: Of the Slaying of Regin, Son of Hreidmar.
Chapter XX: Of Sigurd's Meeting with Brynhild on the Mountain
Chapter XXI: More Wise Words of Brynhild.
Chapter XXII: Of the Semblance and Array of Sigurd Fafnir's bane.
Chapter XXIII: Sigurd comes to Hlymdale.
Chapter XXIV: Sigurd sees Brynhild at Hlymdale.
Chapter XXV: Of the Dream of Gudrun, Giuki's daughter.
Chapter XXVII: The Wooing of Brynhild.
Chapter XXVIII: How the Queens held angry converse together at the Bathing.
Chapter XXIX: Of Brynhild's great Grief and Mourning.
Chapter XXX: Of the Slaying of Sigurd Fafnir's-bane.
Chapter XXXI: Of the Lamentation of Gudrun over Sigurd's dead.
Chapter XXXII: Of the Ending of Brynhild.
Chapter XXXIII: Gudrun wedded to Alii.
Chapter XXXIV: Atli bids the Giukings to him.
Chapter XXXV: The Dreams of the Wives of the Giukings.
Chapter XXXVI: Of the Journey of the Giukings to King Atli.
Chapter XXXVII: The Battle in the Burg of King Atli.
Chapter XXXVIII: Of the slaying of the Giukings.
Chapter XXXIX: The End of Atli and his Kin and Folk.
Chapter XL: How Gudrun cast herself into the Sea, but was brought ashore again.
Chapter XLI: Of the Wedding and Slaying of Swanhild.
Chapter XLII: Gudrun sends her Sons to avenge Swanhild.
Chapter XLIII: The Latter End of all the Kin of the Giukings.
Appendix I: Part Of The Second Lay Of Helgi Hundings-Bane
Appendix II: Part Of The Lay Of Sigrdrifa
Appendix III: The Lay Called The Short Lay Of Sigurd
Appendix IV: The Hell-Ride Of Brynhild
Appendix V: Fragments Of The Lay Of Brynhild
Appendix VI: The Second Or Ancient Lay Of Gudrun
Appendix VII: The Song Of Atli
Appendix VIII: The Whetting Of Gudrun
Appendix IX: The Lay Of Hamdir
Appendix X: The Lament Of Oddrun