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

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'In historic stories many marvels are instructed us ... now you could pay attention such marvels told!'

The maximum 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 precious treasure-hoard guarded through dwarves and giants, of Prünhilt the Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites and a cloak of invisibility. pushed by way 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 terrible scale. The paintings of an nameless poet of c.1200, considering 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: exact and compelling, it really is observed through a wealth of helpful heritage details.

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

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1601 They halted, having no selection yet to wreck their trip. They observed the gleam of vibrant shields within the darkness. Then Hagen not desired to carry his peace: ‘Who is pursuing us at the street? ’ Gelpfrat had no selection yet to offer him his resolution then. The margrave 1602 from Bavaria responded: ‘We are searching for our enemies and feature pursued them so far as right here. I don’t recognize who slew my ferryman this day. He was once a guy of mettle, and so i'm a lot grieved. ’ 1603 Then Hagen of Tronege stated: ‘Was that ferryman yours? He wouldn’t ferry us throughout. The guilt lies with me, then. I slew the warrior, for really I had no selection. I had just about won loss of life at his palms. I provided him gold and clothes as a gift for ferrying 1604 us over into your land, hero, yet he grew so offended then that he struck at me with a stout pole—that made me indignant sufficient! I reached for 1605 my sword then, and paid him again for his anger with a wound so deep that the hero was once misplaced. I shall make you amends for that as you're thinking that healthy. ’ Then it got here to blows—they have been stout-hearted warriors. 1606 ‘I good knew,’ stated Gelpfrat, ‘when Gunther and his corporation rode through the following, that Hagen of Tronege could do us damage. He shall no longer live on now! The hero needs to pay the fee right here for the ferryman’s finish. ’ 1607 They reduced their lances over their shields now for the thrust, Gelpfrat and Hagen, desirous to get at each other. Else and Dancwart rode wonderfully, making an attempt every one other’s mettle. there has been fierce struggling with then. How might heroes ever attempt each other higher? daring Hagen, via 1608 the strength of Gelpfrat’s joust, sat at the flooring at the back of his charger. The breast-straps had damaged. Now conflict had made his acquaintance. 1609 From their corporation sounded out the loud crack of shafts. Then Hagen, who had fallen down into the grass at Gelpfrat’s thrust, recovered himself there. i think he had little love for Gelpfrat. 1610 Who held their chargers for them* is unknown to me. that they had either ended up at the sand. Hagen and Gelpfrat ran at each other. * Their comrades helped them examine the that means of conflict. 1611 Grimly as Hagen leapt at Gelpfrat, the noble margrave hacked a tremendous piece out of his protect, in order that fiery sparks flew up into the air. daring Gunther’s vassal got here very with regards to dying. He referred to as out to Dancwart then: ‘Help me, expensive brother! a guy of mettle has attacked me—he’ll now not permit me stay! ’ 1612 daring Dancwart spoke back: ‘I’ll be the pass judgement on of that! ’* The hero 1613 then leapt over and struck Gelpfrat the sort of blow together with his sharp sword that he lay slain. Else might gladly have avenged him then. He and his corporation left with nice losses. His brother used to be slain; he himself 1614 was once wounded. a few 80 of his knights have been left slain there after which by way of grim dying. Their lord had no selection yet to show again in flight from Gunther’s males. 1615 while the Bavarians took to flight, fearsome blows have been heard to be struck, because the males of Tronege pursued their foes. those that had was hoping to not pay the sort of rate have been all in nice haste. after they had 1616 fled, Sir Dancwart acknowledged: ‘We needs to flip again, fast, on those roads and allow them to ride—they are rainy with blood.

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