Public Domain Super Heroes

Other Names

Sigurd, Siegfried

First Appearance

Norse Myth

Created by

Norse Folklore


Sigurd (Old Norse: Sigurðr) is a legendary hero of Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legend, who killed a dragon—known in some Old Norse sources as Fáfnir—and who was later murdered. He was also the central character in the Völsunga saga. The earliest extant representations for his legend come in pictorial form from seven runestones in Sweden and most notably the Ramsund carving (c. 1000) and the Gök Runestone (11th century).

As Siegfried, he is one of the heroes in the German Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner's operas Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

As Sivard Snarensven, he was the hero of several medieval Scandinavian ballads. The name Sigurðr is not the same name as the German Siegfried. The Old Norse form would have been Sigruþr, a form which appears in the Ramsund carving that depicts the legend. Sivard is another variant name of Sigurðr; these name forms all share the first element Sig-, which means victory.

Public Domain Theatrical Appearances[]

  • Der Ring des Nibelungen (1848–1874)

Public Domain Comic Appearances[]

  • Kid Eternity #2
  • Stamps Comics #3

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