Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Where did Tolkien find the ring?

The magic-heroic sagas written on the remote medieval island of Iceland are still inspiring artists, writers, TV-producers, and film-makers. The last couple of weeks I have reviewed three of the Old Icelandic legendary sagas.

Lagertha in Vikings

The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok has provides many of the ideas to Vikings, the TV series from History Channel.

At the end of The Saga of Hrolf Kraki a great battle ensues and Hrolf and all his champions are killed by an army of draugar, dead fighter not dissimilar to the wights, the thrall of the Others (or White Walkers) in The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

And in The Hobitt movies, Smaug, the dragon, is very like Fafnir, the dragon Sigurd the Dragon Slayer kills in The Saga of the Volsungs. 

A book about Tolkiens sources

And where do you think J.R.R. Tolkien found his ring?

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