Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Grundy, Stephan

(1967-    ) US writer whose only work of fantasy, Rhinegold (1994), has met with considerable critical acclaim for the relentlessness of its Twice-Told rendering of the story of the Walsungs, the tragedy of the Ring of the Nibelungen (see Nordic Fantasy). The overall tale is familiar from Richard Wagner's Ring cycle (1851-1876), and SG is initially very faithful to the sources he and Wagner share. The early parts of the tale, when the Aesir mingle with humans, hew closely to accepted versions. But gradually the SG version, as the story more and more concentrates on its human carriers, shifts into a depiction of something half-recognizable as history (see Thinning), sometime around the end of the Roman Empire. The moment when Attila the Hun enters the picture is not without humour; but the overall accomplishment is substantial. [JC]

Stephan Grundy


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.