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[ Pdf Das Nibelungenlied Ä website-design PDF ] by Unknown ✓ Relectura agosto 2016 Tengo tantos motivos para amar este libro como para odiarlo, as que ser breveCantar de los Nibelungossigue la historia de un linaje el de la corte de Worms, situada en Burgundia a partir de la entrada de Sigfrido en l y hasta el final del mismo Son unos cuantos a os de tragedias, malentendidos, traiciones, rencores y, por supuesto, varios olvidos y o equ vocos del compositor Lo bueno Presenta unos cuantos personajes interesantes los femeninos, sobre todo que se involucran con leyendas, como el tesoro de los Nibelungos y la capa de invisibilidad s , como la de Harry Potter Todos tienen personalidad propia y salen del manique smo que suele espantar en las historias de estas pocas Algunos incluso crecen en importancia y generan tensiones determinantes Me encant el particular pedido de mano de Brunilda, su car cter y lo que implica para ella el matrimonio Hay unas cuantas lecturas interesantes para hacer all y Krimilda no se queda atr s en cuanto aportes a la trama Sirve mucho para tener otra ptica de personajes hist ricos que pululan por el cantar e invita a mirar mapas Muchos mapas Lo malo Hay un quiebre en la mitad del cantar que no logr mantener mi inter s como la primera parte Existen, adem s, salidas de escena incomprensibles y olvidos para darle paso a la brutalidad extrema de un linaje que est evidentemente maldito Por supuesto, la culpa de todo recae m s f cilmente en las mujeres que en los hombres porque, claro est , en esa poca hasta el m s malo era preferible a una mujer enojada. Las descripciones de la ropa y de las joyas son densas y repetitivas, pero necesarias porque serv an para ostentar y comprar voluntades El final me hubiera gustado de no ser tan brusco, como si estuvieran apurados por resolver el conflicto Se podr a haber cerrado bien si no se hubiera perdido tanto tiempo en historias paralelas distractoras. Siegfried is murdered. Oops, did I spoil the whole story for you Well, too bad, because the poet himself spoils it within the first three pages. I m all for classics, what with being a major in English literature and all I mean, what else am I going to do with my degree than work a job totally unrelated to my field of study whilst crying myself to sleep every night using my now defunct Norton Anthology as a pillow Granted, this epic poem is German, but it s certainly part of what one would consider a literary education. At the risk of sounding unenlightened, I say skip this and just read a good summary unless, of course, you can read it in German Not only is my copy translated into English, it s written in prose form, which is particularly irksome Further, 285 pages of content could have been reduced to 28 pages of actual action I ve rarely read anything so boring, which is weird considering the wee bits of action are actually quite interesting. If you waste your time reading this poem, all you re going to get is redundant descriptions of people coming and going and sending emissaries to this or that place and accepting invitations to go to this or that festival, all while dressed impeccably wearing jewels that would bankrupt the world. The poet has a particularly annoying habit of interrupting himself to describe what people are wearing The back of my copy reads that it is an epic tale of murder and revenge Right More like an epic fashion show. Oh, and no one has that much money Kings and queens are constantly handing out gold and jewels like their wealth grows on trees, and yet they never grow poor On the contrary, as the poem goes on, each king later introduced outdoes all kings before mentioned in wealth Shields full of gems Dumped on mere messengers Every time Bullcrap. I also take issue with the use of the word knight in this poem These men aren t knights they re mercenaries The only reason anyone does anything is for the promise of reward, which is usually merely alluded to you know, good manners and all Can t seem too greedy But by the end of the poem, Kriemhild is begging anyone to go out and revenge for her, promising anyone shieldsful of red gold which,I guess, is the best kind , having it brought right to front lines to administer to all and sundry Even then, many knights won t take it because they re pissing themselves in fear of Hagen, Volker, and the other Burgundians Bollocks to that effing cowards I thought you blokes were supposed to be knights Guess not Lame. The scenes where Siegfried puts on his cloak of invisibility and cheats to help Gunther best Brunhild in feats of strength are great Even the scene where Siegfried invisibly wrestles Brunhild into sexual submission though despicable by today s standards at least doesn t have any unnecessary oohing and aahing at their new clothes Seigfried s murder, Hagen destroying the ferry after hearing the nixies prophecy all these scenes are compelling, but you can get this just from the Cliff s Notes Again, I don t read German, so the way it s written in translation isn t important to me Just the story And there simply isn t enough story to justify wasting your time slogging through this. Having said that, if you get some kind of bullet point summary of what s going on, then the last five chapters or so might be worth reading Everyone slaughters everyone, and the scene where Rudiger gives Hagen his shield is quite touching The final paragraph of the book is utterly retarded, though Kriemhild just wants revenge for her murdered husband, and when she finally achieves it by chopping off the murderer s head, her own ally turns on her and hacks her to bits because it s dishonorable to be killed by a woman ffs. Written By An Unknown Author In The Twelfth Century, This Powerful Tale Of Murder And Revenge Reaches Back To The Earliest Epochs Of German Antiquity, Transforming Centuries Old Legend Into A Masterpiece Of Chivalric Drama Siegfried, A Great Prince Of The Netherlands, Wins The Hand Of The Beautiful Princess Kriemhild Of Burgundy, By Aiding Her Brother Gunther In His Struggle To Seduce A Powerful Icelandic Queen But The Two Women Quarrel, And Siegfried Is Ultimately Destroyed By Those He Trusts The Most Comparable In Scope To The Iliad, This Skilfully Crafted Work Combines The Fragments Of Half Forgotten Myths To Create One Of The Greatest Epic Poems The Principal Version Of The Heroic Legends Used By Richard Wagner, In The Ring Massacre upon Massacre3 August 2016 Dusseldorf Well, maybe it isn t the case that the entire book is about people being slaughtered, but when you reach the end it certainly feels like it, with the last quarter of the story involving a huge revenge slaughter in the Hungarian king s home In fact it appears as if, with the exception of a couple of people, nobody actually comes out of this story on top and the thing is that other than being a bit of a pompous git, Siegfried didn t do anything wrong, and while revenge against his murderers may not be the best response, Kreimhild was entirely justified in a certain sense to seek justice for Siegfried s murder and also the fact that she was pretty upset that Hagan took all of her treasure it is was certainly a LOT of treasure and dumped it in the Rhine Anyway, it wasn t all that hard to actually pick a book to read in Germany, particularly since I have this habit of reading a book that has come from whatever country I am visiting Okay, that isn t necessarily easy for a lot of places Singapore for instance, unless it is the Lonely Planet Guide to Singapore, but that doesn t technically count as a book , but when it comes to Germany, picking the Nibelungenlied translation being the Song of the Nibelungens was pretty much a no brainer, especially since it completely slipped my mind the last time I was in Germany though that was only for a couple of days, and even then I ended up reading Gunter Grass I also have some Hermann Hesse though since I only have one day here I doubt I ll be able to get through Sidhartha though I ll give it a shot Anyway, continuing with the theme, I found myself in a 19th Century Palace a few kilometres outside of Bonn called Scho Drachenburg which is located halfway up a mountain known as Drachenfels , and inside this palace there is a room known as the Nibelungenzimmer, and while there were chairs in the room, there was a rope between me and them so I couldn t actually sit down and read the book, so instead my brother took a photo of me standing up And here is a photograph of one of the paintings though please forgive my photographic skills they suck, though not as much as my French Anyway, enough of my travels and onto the book A couple of years ago I saw this awesome miniseries based on the Nibelungenlied the IMDB link is here , however having now read the book I have realised that while it was somewhat loosely based on the original epic as was Wagner s opera, though since I have never seen it, nor know of the plot, I can t really comment , the story seemed to be somewhat different The thing is that apparently Tolkien based a lot of his material for Lord of the Rings on this story, though as far as I am aware there wasn t any rings mentioned though in other versions of the story a cursed ring actually plays a very big role Also, a lot of the material that we are familiar with, such as Siegfried slaying the dragon and bathing in his blood, occur before the poem begins and are only relayed to us through a Hagen s tale Anyhow, the story is about how Siegfried comes to Burgundy and married Kriemhild without ever seeing her, but it was traditional in the Middle Ages that the groom never sees the bride before the wedding night, which seems to be a tradition that has been passed down to us, that is the groom cannot see the bride in her wedding dress otherwise it will bring bad luck to the marriage Gunther, the king, hears of how Brunhild of Iceland is seeking a suitor, as long as the suitor can defeat her in battle However Gunther has no chance of accomplishing the feat, and gets Siegfried to do it while wearing a cloak of invisibility After the wedding, Gunther discovers that he cannot consummate the marriage because Brunhild keeps on beating him up, so Siegfried once again does his stuff, but it is suggested that Siegfried also consummates the marriage on Gunther s behalf despite the fact that he promised not to The story finishes off with Kriemhild and Brunhild having a row at the front of the church and Kriemhild insulting Brunhild by revealing the truth, and as a result it is agreed that Siegfried must die, so while on a hunting mission Hagan, a confidant of Gunther s kills Siegfried by throwing a javelin into his back, in the section that wasn t hardened by the dragon s blood because a leaf fell onto it while Siegfried was bathing As a result, Kriemhild leaves and remarries, however for the rest of the book plots her revenge, which ends up in a huge massacre in her new home, and she also ends up meeting a rather nasty end This is one of those stories that literally contains everything dragons, treasure, immortal heroes, and some incredibly bloodthirsty battles Actually, the story of Siegfried is interesting because there is a reflection of Achilles immortality in fact as we are probably aware, Achilles was made invulnerable when his mother bathed him in the Styx, however because she held him by the ankle, that was the part that was vulnerable and was also how he was killed though there is no mention of Achilles invulnerability in The Iliad The other interesting thing is the similarities as to how the both died Siegfried was killed when a javelin was thrown into his back, while Achilles died by having an arrow shot through his ankle though how anybody could actually die by having an arrow shot into their ankle is beyond me, unless the wound became infected, and if that was the case then this would be a very painful way to go In a way these attacks could be considered somewhat cowardly, based on the era, as people would fight up close and personal, and an honourable warrior was one who would fight in hand to hand combat In the case of the Nibelungenlied, javelins were not used to kill people, they were used to hunt animals, however considering the nature of these two warriors, such an attack was probably the better way of being able to successfully taking them down The other interesting thing is the nature of the blood feud There are plenty of movies about some guy who is angered by a bad guy and then goes out of his way to hunt down and kill them I guess it is best summed up with Liam Neeson s line I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you Okay, he was actually rescuing his kidnapped daughter, but it is still reflective of the nature of the revenge tale in out modern world vengeance is justified, and nothing will happen to you if you will seek it though this is not always the case, but it is certainly how Hollywood portrays it This is not the case in our older literature we see this is the case in the Nibelungenlied Kreimhild certainly doesn t come out of it on top, or even in one piece in fact everybody dies I suspect that it has a lot to do with our modern perception of the world if we are wronged then justice should be done, and if the authorities won t do it, then we should take it into our own hands In fact it is the nature of our litigious and rights based societies First of all we never want to accept responsibility if we don t have to, and in fact we are brought up as being told that we are good We are also conditioned to live in a comforted world, a world where if our house burns down then the insurance company will pay for it, or somebody else will If we are injured then the first thing we do is look for somebody else to blame, despite the fact that it may have been through our own stupidity In a way we should be looking back at these old epics and being taught that revenge doesn t always come out on top in fact both sides end up loosing, particularly when a person s entire life is focused on seeking revenge, and seeking compensation for the perceived wrong that has been done to them In any case, when we do consider the story, we must also remember that the characters aren t the most perfect examples of humanity, since they engage in lies, deceit, and one upping of each other I guess this is a prime example of our failings as humans, and that in the end, if we are left to ourselves, it is all going to end up in one bloody mess. Das Nibelungenlied ist das ber hmte mittelhochdeutsche Heldenepos, das vor ca 800 Jahren im s dostdeutsch ober sterreichischen Raum entstand Es ist das poetische Extrakt aus mehreren Sagen, wovon die bekannteste der Nibelungenstoff ist Im ersten Teil des Epos wird vom jungen Siegfried erz hlt, der den Schatz der Nibelungen erk mpft und durch ein Bad im Drachenblut beinahe unverwundbar wird Er wirbt um die sch ne K nigstochter Kriemhild und lebt lange Zeit bei ihren Br dern, den Burgundenk nigen Seine Ermordung durch deren Gefolgsmann Hagen zieht die furchtbare Rache Kriemhilds und damit den Untergang der Burgunden nach sich, der im zweiten Teil des Epos erz hlt wird Das Nibelungenlied wurde zu Hochzeiten der Vaterlandsverehrung als deutsches Nationalgedicht angesehen, das angebliche deutsche Tugenden wie Ehre, Verl sslichkeit und Treue reflektieren soll Der Held Siegfried galt lange als Inbegriff des Superdeutschen Eine solche Interpretation hat sich aber als viel zu einseitig erwiesen Das Nibelungenlied bietet mehr als die Verherrlichung von Helden und Heldentaten Es ist eine spannende Mischung aus Mythischem und Historischem, speist sich aus mehreren lteren Quellen und verschafft uns Heutigen einen Einblick in die Welt des Mittelalters. As with Shakespeare s Pericles, I have a great deal of affection for the Nibelungenlied on account of the conflict in its structure The poet lost now has had to wrangle together two conflicting folk traditions into a single story His or her achievement here is subtle and remarkable. Northrop Frye says that a central trait of epic is a change of mode and subject halfway through the poem The Odyssey, the Aeneid and Paradise Lost all switch tack in the middle Odysseus and Aeneas romantic wanderings turn to comedic structures that is, to the establishment of a new social order in a single location and Paradise Lost makes a less pronounced move from the divine and demonic to the human But I ve never seen it done quite like this. The poem s first half has some of the strongest and most interesting characterization of any epic I ve read Kriemhild is sympathetic, but not weak We feel for her we do not feel the need to protect her There is a kind of burning drive in her, a determination that will become frightening in the second half Hagen, on the other hand, starts out frightening a scheming Iago, free of Iago s pathological obsession with Othello Hagen is worried by Siegfried because he is a legitimate threat to Hagen s goals he does not hate him exactly Iago could not live without Othello and is content to secede from life when Othello is dead , but, as will be shown in the second half, Hagen doesn t need Siegfried to define himself. Siegfried is less of a triumph, though still interesting It s fairly clear that he rapes Brunhild when he takes her ring and girdle I don t know what else that could suggest, and a lot of the poem doesn t make sense if we don t assume it which would make him something human than the hero he seems to be But his role is structural, and it is primarily heroic He exists to trick us into thinking the poem is going to be about him I wish I had come to the Nibelungenlied without knowing he dies halfway through the shock must be enormous. Because, of course, the second half turns the whole book on its head We move to Etzel s castle, and suddenly Hagen and Volker are our heroes, not because of anything they have done, nor through revelation of new information, but simply because of the situation they are now in Kriemhild bears down upon them, a wrathful dragon, and we fear her again, not because she has fallen from rage into madness though she has certainly come close but because we have been pulled away from her perspective and put into Hagen s We feel his terror, and even though we know that Kriemhild is justified in whatever she does to him, we can t help but experience his horror. Hagen and Volker are in the wrong, and they must die for it We know this as an audience The poet of the Nibelungenlied asks us to accept it, and, having done so, turn to watch Hagen and Volker die with as much dignity as possible traditional epic dignity, meaning a death after extreme distinction in battle Gunther is never redeemed Gernot and Giselher become less and less attractive as the story progresses But Hagen, surely the worst of the lot, forces his way into the heroic role left open by the death of Siegfried There is no redemption in the plot, only in the narrative Kriemhild descends from a romantic heroine to an almost novelistic human being Hagen transcends his corruption and meanness to become an epic hero The frame of one story contains and creates the other, and this new story in turn alters the first. So there it is a tale told from two perspectives, both convincing, both interesting, and somehow both reconcilable through their equal humanity It s a pity this isn t widely read it has strangeness, force and beauty to equal Milton and Homer, and characters that fall only a little short of the great figures in those authors The Nibelungenlied remains one of my favourite experiences in literature. Das Nibelungenlied ist es auf jeden Fall wert gelesen zu werden, vor allem, wenn man die Bestandteile auf das, was sie sind herunterbricht Aus heutiger Sicht wirkte es auf mich an manchen Punkten wie Comedy Wer mitspielt Siegfried Superstar und K nigssohn aus Xanten, der so wunderwunderwundersch n ist, das es niemand glauben kann Und nat rlich auch super stark Ute Muddi von den Burgunden Gunther Ihr Sohn, der auch sch n ist aber nur wunderwundersch n Gernot Sohn Nr 2Gieselher Sohn Nr 3 und der s e JuniorKriemhild Ihre sch ne und sooo liebe Schwester, die sp ter nicht mehr so lieb ist Br nhild Auch ein Superstar bis zu ihrer Entjungferung , berstark und krass drauf Hagen von Tronje Badass und Superschurke, bisschen geldgeil auf Siegfrieds Hort Etzel Ehemann Nr 2 von Kriemhild und noch viel cooler als alle anderen K nige zusammen Hinzu kommen weitere Nebenfiguren, die mich mit Stolz auf die althochdeutschen Namen blicken lie en, wie Dankwart Hagens Bruder , R diger von Bechelaren, Volker a. k. a der Spielmann, Ortwin, Dietrich von Bern etc. Was passiert Macht euch bereit f r spannungsgeladene Action Boten, die losgeschickt werden Fette Parties Reisen auf dem Boot oder zu Pferd Seitenlange Beschreibungen von Kleidung Ehrlich, ich wollte schon immer wissen was Gunther dieser Name strahlt es ja schon aus f r fancy Sachen tr gt Es gibt da einmal die Burgunden, die ziemlich rich sind und Siegfried, der ziemlich heldenhaft und reich ist wie so ziemlich alle in diesem Buch Er will Kriemhild, die Schwester von den Burgunden zur Frau nehmen Nach mehreren Szenen, in denen Siegfried beweist, was f r ein Badass Typ er ist, geht das ganze klar Aber erst braucht Gunther eine Frau Br nhild Br nhild hat sich berlegt, dass sie nur heiratet, wenn der Mann sie besiegt in Speerwurf und Weitsprung Gunther hat nicht so viel auf dem Kasten wie Siegfried und mithilfe einer Tarnkappe gelingt es den Beiden, Br nhild auszutricksen und sie glauben zu lassen, dass Gunther siegt In Wahrheit siegt Siegfried aber die T uschung klappt Tolle Doppelhochzeit F r Siegfried auch eine tolle Hochzeitsnacht Gunther wird an die Wand genagelt Er fragt wieder seinen BFF um Rat und der boxt Br nhild, bis sie sich entjungfern l sst Danach wird sie leider ihre bermenschlichen Kr fte los Die Folgen des Betrugs sind Br nhild h lt Siegfried f r einen Lehnsmann von Gunther Siegfried hielt es aus irgendeinem Grund f r eine schlaue Idee, Br nhild Ring und G rtel zu klauen und Kriemhild zu schenken Es gibt Babys Bei einem Besuch von Kriemhild und Siegfried versucht Br nhild herauszufinden, ob Siegfried wirklich Untertan von Gunther ist Es gibt ein Battle zwischen ihr und Kriemhild, in dem es eigentlich darum geht, wer h bscher aussieht und netter gekleidet ist K nnten sich die Sch lerinnen von heute bestimmt auch mit identifizieren Das endet darin, dass Kriemhild Br nhild Kebse neuhochdeutsch Bl de Bitch nennt, behauptet, ihr Mann h tte Br nhild entjungfert als Beweis dient ihr besagter Ring und zuerst in die Kirche geht, was total super oberkrass ist Br nhild reagiert wie jede vern nftige Frau des Mittelalters Sie heult ihrem Mann die Ohren voll Hagen von Tronje bekommt die Burgunden dann berzeugt, dass Siegfried weg muss Er selbst ist nur geil aufs Geld Erst gibt es mal wieder Krieg, irgendwie jedenfalls und dann doch Jagd Kriemhild war so nett, ihnen vorher zu verraten, wo die Unverwundbarkeit ihres Mannes nicht greift, und genau dort trifft Hagen ihn jetzt Die Leiche legen sie dann vor Kriemhilds T r ab Keine Ahnung, wieso man die arme Frau noch traumatisieren muss Als er aufgebahrt liegt, spaziert Hagen an ihm vorbei und Siegfrieds Wunden fangen wieder an zu bluten, was beweist, wer sein M rder ist Von da an ist Kriemhild eine Heulsuse und vermisst ihren Ehemann, bis ihre Br der sie an den n chsten verscherbeln Etzel Wieder Party, Party R diger schw rt ihr, ihr zu dienen Noch ein Baby s und irgendwann l dt Kriemhild ihre Br der und Hagen von Tronje ganz unverfangen zu sich ein Von allen Seiten wird der Reisetrupp gewarnt aber es scheint sie nicht sonderlich zu interessieren Hagen zeigt sich von seiner Brutalo Seite mordet F hrm nner und will Kaplane aus dem Boot schmei en und irgendwie sind alle damit einverstanden Ab der Ankunft in Etzels Reich ist alles nur noch ein riesengro es Gemetzel und viele Tote, die auch wieder tolle Namen tragen sind zu vermelden Feuer gibt es auch noch, besser als in jedem actiongelandenen Hollywood Blockbuster Am Ende ist es Kriemhild, die ihren Bruder enthauptet und dann auch Hagen und somit ihre Rache bekommen hat Was sie nicht wei Im Mittelalter ist Emanzipation so was von uncool und das Frauen t ten so wieso Am Ende sind so ziemlich alle tot Deprimierend. Best of Plotholes und Ungereimtheiten Das Nibelungenlied ist meiner Meinung nach ein wunderbares Beispiel f r die inkosequente Erz hlkunst, die sich so oft in Mittelaltertexten findet 1 Siegfried, der am Hof der Burgunden erst mal K mpfen will und ber Kapitel hinweg vergisst, dass er ja eigentlich um die sexy Kriemhild werben wollte 2 Siegfried und Br nhild kennen sich irgendwie vermutlich 3 Kriemhild, die es f r eine schlaue Idee hielt zu erz hlen Oh und genau am Schulterblatt, ist Siegfried verwundbar Warum auch immer ihr das wissen wollt 4 Hagen warnt vor der Reise zu Etzel und will dann aber mit, weil er kein Feigling ist h ja 5 Was ist mit Br nhild passiert Wieso wird nie wieder von ihr gesprochen 6 Was wird aus Gunter Junior Und Siegfried Junior Zum Schluss noch was Ernstes ber Das Nibelungenlied etwas zu schreiben, was noch nicht geschrieben oder untersucht worden ist, ist wahrscheinlich unm glich Als ein Glanzst ck der mittelhochdeutschen Literatur und sp terer Stilisierung zum Nationalepos gibt es wohl nichts, was noch nicht ber das Buch gesagt worden ist Und trotzdem, Jahrhunderte sp ter, ist es immer noch ein beeindruckendes Buch.
As is probably true of many if not most readers of this work, I explored it primarily because of my interest in and enjoyment of Richard Wagner s great four opera work,Der Ring des Nibelungen I wished to read what was clearly part of his source material for the libretto and plot he created, and I wanted to see how closely the one work corresponded with the other. Written in Middle High German around 1200 CE, the legends comprising the written work reach back much farther into the past Its themes are tragedy and fate, inevitable retribution for misdeeds, the struggles of good and evil Many manuscripts exist, differing among themselves Of the 35 copies of the manuscript that are known to exist, many are fragmentary The manuscript considered most complete and reliable is the one translated here Long forgotten, this current text was rediscovered in the mid 18th century Some parts have been deemed not to have been part of the original and have been discarded in most current translations There were sagas about the Nibelungs in both Germanic and Scandinavian mythology, and it is unclear how each may have derived from or influenced the other, but most current scholarship understands this present work as being part of the Germanic tradition and certainly written down somewhere between Passau and Vienna at about the date stated above The narrative has two main parts The first third of this epic reads like a work of courtly romance, like an Arthurian tale than the darker and metaphysical narrative that Wagner created as the basis for his Ring cycle One can imagine a minnesinger chanting it in a court on an evening Siegfried early in the work perfectly plays out the role of the heroic knight yearning in love for his lady, Kriemhild, whom he has never even seen and knows only by reputation Siegfried, a knight of great strength, valor, and integrity, wins the royal princess Kriemhild and then helps her brother Gunther, a king, to win Brunhild of a neighboring kingdom This he does by stealth, incurring the everlasting enmity of Brunhild who eventually plots and accomplishes his death During this first part of the narrative we also glimpse hints of Siegfriend himself gradually falling under Brunhild s spell and beginning to love her, and therein we find allusions to the Tristan und Isolde story The second part describes the war between Gunther and his kingdom against the kingdom of the Huns the Hungarians to the east into whose family the widow Kriemhild has married, a conflict which Kriemhild instigates to exact revenge against Gunther and his ally Hagen s for their primary role in Siegfried s murder The story is a tragic one, resulting in catastrophe for all concerned. The translation is majestic and epic in tone, poetic in rhythm The tale includes all the elements characteristic of epic, including deceit and betrayal, love and valor, war and destruction Except for one brief episode suggesting retrospectively Siegfried s obtaining of his magical cloak of invisibility from Alberich, this narrative lacks any of the metaphysical trappings of Wagner s later adaptation of elements of the story Many of the characters, at least in name, are present in Wagner s version Siegfried, his parents Siegmund and Sieglinde, Alberich, Hagen, Brunhild but their characteristics, roles, and relationships to one another are significantly different It is not entirely clear what provided Wagner the inspiration to make the adaptations and alterations that he did Nonetheless, this great poem is fully worthy of being studied and enjoyed in its own right. Because we all need some kick ass medieval literature in our lives. How bad do you want your epics to be Do you want someone to hit someone else so hard that the plains shake and gouts of red fire shoot from the impact How about someone throwing a boulder 20 fathoms and then leaping just as far And, if you don t, what s wrong with you This book epic lay is amazingly over the top, and at the same time is one of the greatest examples of medieval literature that has not been lost to antiquity Any one who has read and enjoyed Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Aelfric s saga, etc should not give this a miss.
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