The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Oxford World's Classics)

The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Oxford World's Classics)


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 nation of the Nibelungs with its invaluable treasure-hoard guarded by means of dwarves and giants, of Prünhilt the Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites and a cloak of invisibility. pushed through the clash among Kriemhilt, the blameless maiden grew to become she-devil, and her antagonist, the stoic, indomitable Hagen, the tale is one in every of human tragedy, of affection, jealousy, homicide, and revenge, finishing in slaughter on a awful scale. The paintings of an nameless poet of c.1200, on the grounds that 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 variations, 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: actual and compelling, it's observed by means of a wealth of worthy heritage info.

Readership: Readers of epic literature, sagas, myth, medieval literature, Wagner enthusiasts; scholars of German literature, medieval literature in translation, medieval classes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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