In the first week of September we announced a great opportunity for everyone to win a copy The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun that was released in trade paperback by Hougton Mifflin Harcourt on September 10th, 2010
We send word out via Facebook, Twitter and here on our website asking readers to tell us why they should be selected to win this book.
Here are the four winners, and congrats to them all!
Simplest answer: It's a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien. You know it'll be good.
Longer answer: I grew up in the 70s in the middle of nowhere. At sometime, I found The Hobbit is the town's tiny public library (now closed). From there it was the Trilogy, and the Silmarillion, and ... and we waited desparately for Christopher to put together some lost work of his father's. Leaf by Niggle was fantastic. ;-) Tolkien had a fantastic understanding of "legend". He could retell an existing legend, or he could weave his own. He was a master story-teller, and I'd like to read his take on the Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun.
We are studying Sigurd and Gudrun in my Tolkien class here at Wheaton, and while I already have a hard cover copy of said book, it's one of those things I'd rather not mark up with notes and underlines if I don't have to! Of course, I understand if I'm not chosen, as technically I already OWN it, but if I DO win, it will certainly be put to good use!
Michael Sean McGuiness:
Dear Northeast Tolkien Society-
I believe I should win a copy of Sigurd and Gudrun because I am a 100 years old and I love the history and the flora and fauna of the Northeast where I grew up and lived most of my life. In addition, some of my earliest reading joys were reading Bulfinch's Mythology, Padraic Colum's Nordic Gods and Heroes, as well as, of course, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R. R. Tolkien.
From Editors: Neil entered via Twitter and was selected from those entries.