Sigmund

Norse - Son of Volsung. Twin brother of Signy. Husband of Borghild and Hiordis. Father of Hamond and Helgi. By Borghild. Father of Sigurd by Hiordis. Father of Sinfiotli by Signy. At the wedding of his sister Signy to the Goth Siggeir, he was the only one able to draw the sword Gram that Odin had planted in the oak, Branstock. In envy, Siggeir plotted to kill the whole Volsung family for their wealth and possessions and when the family paid a visit to the land of the Goths they were ambushed. Volsung was killed and his sons were captured and tied to fallen trees in the forest to await death. All except Sigmund were devoured by wolves. Signy managed to have one of her attendants spread honey over Sigmund's face so that, when a wolf came and licked the honey, Sigmund seized its tongue in his teeth and, in the struggle to kill the wolf, broke his bonds. He built a hut in the forest and worked as a smith, plotting revenge. Signy, also seeking to avenge the death of her father and brothers, sent Sigmund two of her sons by Siggeir to help her brother but they proved useless and finally she disguised herself and slept with her brother producing a son, Sinfiotli, who was worthy of the task. Sigmund raised the boy in the warrior tradition. When they discovered two werewolves asleep they took their skins and rampaged through the forest killing everything they came upon and finally fought each other. Sigmund killed his son but, by the intervention of the gods, restored him to life with a magic herb. He then told his son what they had to do and they both hid in Siggeir's palace but were betrayed by the sons of Siggeir who were promptly killed by Sinfiotli. Overpowered by the numbers of Goths, they were buried alive in tombs from which they escaped with the help of Sigmund's magic sword Gram, which Signy managed to smuggle to them. Once free, they set fire to the palace, destroying all inside except the women. Signy, however, entered the burning building and died with her husband in true Norse tradition. Father and son then returned to Hunaland where Sigmund married Borghild and fathered two more sons, Hamond and Helgi. When Borghild poisoned Sinfiotli, Sigmund deposed her and married Hiordis whose unsuccessful suitor, Lygni, then led an army against Sigmund. In the ensuing battle, Odin appeared and shattered Sigmund's magic sword. Deprived of any means of defence, Sigmund was killed but used his dying breath to instruct Hiordis to collect the broken pieces of his sword and save them for his son, soon to be born. The victorious Lygni took over Sigmund's kingdom. In the Germanic version, Sigmund becomes Siegmund and Sigurd, his son by Hiordis, becomes Siegfried. Occasionally called Sigmund, Siegfried, Siegfried, Sigfred, Sigfrid, Sigfrit, Siegmund, Siegmund, Sigemund, Sigmund, Sigmund, Sig(e)mund, Sigmundr, Sigmundr, Sigmund or Sigmund.
Norse - Son of Thorkel. He was killed by Glum who quarrelled with Sigmund's father over a piece of land. On occassion, called Sigmund, Siegfried, Siegfried, Sigfred, Sigfrid, Sigfrit, Siegmund, Siegmund, Sigemund, Sigmund, Sigmund, Sig(e)mund, Sigmundr, Sigmundr, Sigmund or Sigmund.

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