Sigurd Slaying Fafnir

Sigurd Slaying Fafnir

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Dwarves and Elves

Andvari (non.) The dwarf who shapeshifted into a pike and lived under a waterfall. Loki caught him and forced him to give up his gold and his magic ring Andvaranaut.

Historical Persons, i.e. from Heimskringla, Saxo, sagas etc.

Fáfnir (non.) Fafnir (en.) One of Hreiðmarr's sons, in Völsunga Saga who killed his father in order to get the hoard of gold that included the magic ring Andvaranaut. Fáfnir then changed himself into a dragon to guard the gold and was eventually killed by Sigurðr Fáfnisbani.
Sigurðr Fáfnisbani (non.) Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (en.) The legendary hero in Völsunga Saga who killed the dragon Fáfnir, rode through the flame wall to awaken Brynhildr. He promised to marry her but due to sorcery married Guðrún and tricked Brynhildr into marrying Gunnarr.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).
dreki (non.) dragon (en.)

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The Land of Enchantment (en.) A collection of Arthur Rackham's illustrations that originally appeared in the Victorian era periodical " Little Folks " between 1896 and 1902.
Völsunga saga (is.) Saga of the Volsungs (en.) An Old Norse legendary saga drawn from Germanic legends preserved in the Eddas concerning the origin and fall of the Volsoungs, and also the fall of the Burgundians. This saga inspired much of Richard Wagner's creation of The Ring of the Nebilung.

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Buchheim, Emma Sophia (en.) Nationality: English
b. 1860
d. 1951
Nationality: Bristish
Occupation: British academic; lecturer on German, King's College London
The author of Stories From the Eddas, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, published in Little Folks.
Rackham, Arthur (no.) b. 1867
d. 1939
Nationality: English
Occupation: illustrator
Residence: London
One of the most prominent illustrators during the Golden Age of British Book Illustration (c. 1880 - 19300). His illustrations of Norse mythology frequently appeared in "Little Folks" which were collected and published in the Land of Enchantment. Rackham also created 64 coloured plates for the English translation of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, The Ring of the Niblung. The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie bound with Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods.