The best of the heroic epics to emerge from medieval Germany, the Nibelungenlied is a revenge saga of sweeping dimensions. It tells of the dragon-slayer Sivrit, and the mysterious state of the Nibelungs with its important treasure-hoard guarded by means of dwarves and giants, of Prünhilt the Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites and a cloak of invisibility. pushed by means of the clash among Kriemhilt, the blameless maiden became she-devil, and her antagonist, the stoic, indomitable Hagen, the tale is one among human tragedy, of affection, jealousy, homicide, and revenge, finishing in slaughter on a awful scale. The paintings of an nameless poet of c.1200, due to the fact its rediscovery within the eighteenth century the Nibelungenlied has emerge as considered as the nationwide epic of the Germans. It has encouraged numerous reworkings and diversifications, together with masterpieces: Fritz Lang's two-part movie, and Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.
This is the 1st prose translation for over 40 years: exact and compelling, it truly is observed via a wealth of invaluable heritage info.
Readership: Readers of epic literature, sagas, fable, medieval literature, Wagner enthusiasts; scholars of German literature, medieval literature in translation, medieval classes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
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The people everywhere gaped at the sight. Then many of Gunther’s men ran towards them. Those proud warriors, knights and squires, went to 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 12 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 Nibelungenlied meet those lords, as was only right, and welcomed those strangers into their lords’ land, taking their horses from them and their shields from their hands. They wanted to lead the chargers away to the stables. Valiant Sivrit was quick to speak then: ‘Let the horses stand alongside us, by me and my men.
The warriors grieved; many a maiden also wept. I believe that their hearts had rightly told them that so many of their friends would lie dead in consequence. It was only right that they then lamented— they had good reason to do so. On the seventh morning after that the valiant warriors rode to the shore by Worms. All their garments were of red gold, their harness well-favoured. Their chargers walked at an even pace, those of bold Sivrit’s men. Their shields were new, bright, and broad, and their helmets most handsome, when valiant Sivrit rode to court there, into Gunther’s land.
1768 Rediscovery of MS B in St Gall Stiftsbibliothek. 1779 Rediscovery of MS A in the Hohenems library. 1782 First complete edition of NL by Christoph Heinrich Müller (or Myller), based on MSS A and C. 1807–16 Three editions of NL by Friedrich Heinrich von der Hagen. xxxvi 1826 1848–74 1855–62 1866 1923–4 Chronology Der Nibelunge Not und die Klage, edited by Karl Lachmann, based on MS A. Richard Wagner’s composition of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Friedrich Hebbel’s trilogy, Die Nibelungen. Karl Bartsch’s ﬁrst edition of the NL in the Deutsche Classiker series, based on MS B.