Brunhilda and the Ring
Written by Jorge Luján
Illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber
Translated by Hugh Hazelton
Publication Date March 01, 2010
In this brilliant retelling of the Ring Cycle, noted Argentine/ Mexican poet Jorge Lujan gives us the true hero of these ancient and powerful myths -- Brunhilda. Through her love, passion and unwavering loyalty she redeems Siegfried. The gods and her whole world come crashing down around her, but by her sacrifice she manages to remain a stirring and admirable figure amongst the vain, the greedy, the venal and even the evil forces that surround her. She does not accept the stifling conventional view of marriage as espoused by Fricka, Wotan's wife. Neither does she succumb to brute power as exemplified by her father. Nor does she forget her love and betray her vows as does Siegfried, who is so inconstant and ultimately foolish.
Lavishly and exquisitely illustrated by master artist Linda Wolfsgruber, and told in free verse, this book gives us a new way to look at the ancient story.
Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. His picture books include Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler, Rooster / Gallo, illustrated by Manuel Monroy and Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes, illustrated by Morteza Zahedi. Jorge has twice won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina), and he has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is also an architect and musician. His books, songs and videos can be found on his website at www.jorgelujan.com. Jorge lives in Mexico City.
Linda Wolfsgruber is a world-renowned artist who has exhibited her work throughout Europe and in the United States and Japan. She has won many awards, including the Austrian Children's and Juvenile Book Award for Illustration (four times) and the Golden Apple of the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, and she has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her striking illustrations appear in many books, including Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer, Stories from the Life of Jesus, Brunhilda and the Ring and A daisy is a daisy is a daisy. She lives in Vienna.
Hugh Hazelton is a multilingual poet and translator who won a Governor General's Award for his translation of Vetiver by Joel Des Rosiers. He lives in Montreal.
"Sure to delight to people of all ages." Richard Wagner Society of Florida
"The details of the story are sophisticated, and both text and illustrations will delight adults [and children alike]." wholenote.com
"Sparsely detailed images provide an eleganceto the retelling [of the Ring]." CM
"Jorge Luján presents a world of arbitrary passion, magic and violence conjured from medieval Norse and German tales." Toronto Star