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Hrólfs saga kraka

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Hrólfs saga kraka (English: Saga of King Hrolf kraki) is an Old Norse saga. The saga is commonly held by Tolkien scholars to be the main source for the idea behind the character Beorn.[1][2][3]

Tolkien is known to have created a short story based on the Hrólfs saga kraka, which he called Sellic Spell.[2]

In 1933, Tolkien's pupil Stella M. Mills published a translation The Saga of Hrolf Kraki. Mills dedicated the book to Tolkien.[4]

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  1. Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth (second edition), pp. 73-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, pp. 256-60, 281-2 (note 8)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas A. Anderson, (ed.), (2002) The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition, pp. 164-5
  4. Douglas A. Anderson, "New Release: Stella M. Mills's translation of THE SAGA OF HROLF KRAKI" dated 26 July 2012, (accessed 1 August 2012)