Sigurd the Volsung (from the Lay of Fafnir)

Sigurd the Volsung (figure from Norse and Germanic legend)

“Courage is better than the power of a sword,
where angry men have to fight;
for I’ve seen a brave man, fighting strongly,
conquer with a blunt sword.”

  • This quote comes from stanza 30 of the Lay of Fafnir, an old poem which was preserved in the 13th-century Poetic Edda, which was produced anonymously in Iceland. The translation is by Carolyne Larrington (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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