|Wotan: Father of Wolves, Lord of Ravens|
'The Sword and the Ring' is Fenrisuwlf Books' first publication which is not 100% original, and is based on various mythological and artistic interpretations of the classic legend. Drawing on the Northern tradition (the Volsungasaga), the Germanic branch (the Nibelunglied) and of course adding a healthy dollop of Richard Wagner, with some original material woven in for good measure, writer/illustrator Chaz Wood presents the epic as a darkly twisted science-fantasy graphic experience, while keeping essential elements of the ancient pagan myths very much alive.
|Wotan, his wolves, his daughter Brunhild...and his wife, Fricke|
Despite the overall 'heaviness' of this new production, the work is not without humour, and aims to preserve a hint of the kind of black comedy often found in the Old Norse tales of the gods. As such, the trickster god Loki (called Loge by Wagner) has been granted a much larger part in the proceedings, which strengthens the dramatic tension between his dynasty of monstrous offspring, and the family of gods led by Wotan, king of Asgard and builder of Valhalla. The eternal conflict between the two noble houses increases the stakes in the games the gods play with mortals - until the age of heroes comes to an end and the gods are destroyed in the schemes of their own making.
|Loki Laufeyjarson, eternal trickster and rival of Wotan|
|Front cover art for Book 1|
|Brunhild risks the wrath of Wotan to save the sister of Sigmund|
|The Valkyrie herself, Brunhild|
|Sigmund, fleeing his enemies, comes to a lonely house in a forest|
|Valkyrie sisters of Brunhild, Sanngridr and Svipul|