But the fundamental saga is that which tells the story of the Volsung race.
Then Volsung put his hand to the sword, but it was not meant for him.
But she looked sadly at the floor and said: "Methought none but Sigurd the Volsung could have dared those awful flames."
And his foe made answer: "Sigurd am I called, of Volsung kin."
Ten stalwart sons were born to Volsung, and one daughter, Signy, came to brighten his home.
But at last Volsung himself was slain and his eleven sons were taken captive.
The chief personages of Sigurd the Volsung are admittedly more than human, the events frankly marvellous.
The Volsung race lives on in you, my brother, and that is my joy.
But in the half light of the dawn one came to the Volsung ship.
"I am Sigurd, the son of Sigmund, of the Volsung race," he answered.