Sigurd

Norse - Son of Sigmund and Hiordis. Husband of Gudrun. Father of Aslaug and Swanhild. He was born after the death of his father in the battle with Lygni in which Sigmund's magic sword, Balmung, was shattered by Odin and after his mother, Hiordis, had remarried to Elf, king of the Vikings who treated him as his own son. He was tutored in all the manly arts by Regin and, at maturity, was given the horse, Grane. It was Regin who told Sigurd the story of how Loki had killed his brother Otter and then forced Andvari to hand over his hoard of gold to pay the ransom demanded by their father, Hreidmar, and how his other brother, Fafnir, had killed their father for the treasure and turned himself into a monstrous serpent to guard it. He then persuaded Sigurd to seek out the monster and kill it. Sigurd agreed provided that Regin would make him an unbreakable sword. Two made by Regin broke when tested and they finally forged together the pieces of Sigmund's sword which Hiordis had saved and which proved capable of slicing through an anvil. On the voyage back to Hunaland he picked up a man who was walking on the surface of the sea and who said his name was Feng. He was really Odin in disguise and he taught Sigurd how to look out for and recognise auspicious signs. He killed Lygni to reclaim his father's throne and then set out with Regin to kill Fafnir. Again Odin appeared to him, this time advising Sigurd to dig a trench in the route used by the dragon on its way to drink. Hidden in the trench, Sigurd was able to strike at the dragon's heart as it slithered overhead. At Regin's behest, he cut out and cooked the dragon's heart and found when he tasted it that he could hear the language of the birds who warned him that Regin was planning mischief. He killed Regin, ate the heart and blood of Fafnir, seized the Helmet of Dread and the magic ring, Andavaranaut and as much of the gold as he could carry. The birds then told him of the plight of Brunhild so he rode off to where she was imprisoned within a wall of flame on the Hindarfiall. His horse, Grane, took him straight through the flames to the palace where Brunhild, clad in armour, lay in a trance. When he removed the armour, she awoke and immediately fell in love with her saviour. She had been a Valkyrie and had been banished from Valhalla for disobeying the wishes of Odin. Sigurd gave her the ring Andvaranaut in betrothal. In one version, they married and had a daughter, Aslaug, who was reared by Brunhild's father, but more usually it is said that Sigurd left her after a few days to seek further adventures abroad. In the land of the Nibelungs he was entertained by Giuki and Grimhild, the king and queen, who had three sons, Gunnar, Guttorm and Hogni, and one daughter, Gudrun, with whom Sigurd fell in love and married. He also became the blood-brother of Gunnar and Hogni. Later, when Gunnar became king in succession to his father and wanted to claim Brunhild as his bride, his horse refused to carry him through the flames so Sigurd took on the appearance of Gunnar, rode once again through the flaming barrier and spent three days with Brunhild, wooing her as Gunnar. He retrieved the ring he had given her, replacing it with a ring from Gunnar and later gave Andvaranaut to Gudrun. Brunhild married Gunnar but was bitter at the trick played on her by Sigurd whom she still loved. When she quarrelled with Gudrun over Sigurd, she asked her husband to kill Sigurd. Both he and Hogni were bound by their blood-oaths but Guttorm was not so bound and he stabbed Sigurd in the back with a spear. Sigurd killed his murderer using his last ounce of strength to throw his sword which cut Guttorm in half. Brunhild, full of remorse, stabbed herself and was burned alongside Sigurd on his funeral pyre. In another version, she rode her horse through the flames of his pyre to perish at his side. In some lore, occasionally identified as Sigurd, Sigird, Sigird, Sigurd, Sigurd, Sigurd, Sigurdr, Sigurdr, Sigurd, Sigurthr, Sigurthr or Sigurd.
Norse - A king of Sweden. He fought Harald, king of Denmark, who was defeated when Odin intervened and killed the Danish king. On occassion, referred to as Sigurd, Sigird, Sigird, Sigurd, Sigurd, Sigurd, Sigurdr, Sigurdr, Sigurd, Sigurthr, Sigurthr or Sigurd.
Norse - Son of Ragnar Lodbrok and Aslaug. Brother of Biorn, Hvitserk, Ivar and. Rogenwald In some lore, occasionally called Sigurd, Sigird, Sigird, Sigurd, Sigurd, Sigurd, Sigurdr, Sigurdr, Sigurd, Sigurthr, Sigurthr or Sigurd.

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