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(Saga of the Volsungs) Best of the Icelandic sagas known as fornaldar sogur (sagas of antiquity). Dating from roughly 1270, it is the first of the fornaldar sogur to have been written down. It contains the Northern version of the story told in the Nibelungenlied. The saga was based on the heroic poems in the Poetic Edda and is especially valuable because it preserves in prose form some of the poems from the Edda that were lost. It became one of the sources of Richard Wagner's operatic Ring tetralogy.
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