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 country of the Nibelungs with its worthy treasure-hoard guarded by way 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 became she-devil, and her antagonist, the stoic, indomitable Hagen, the tale is one in all human tragedy, of affection, jealousy, homicide, and revenge, finishing in slaughter on a bad scale. The paintings of an nameless poet of c.1200, because its rediscovery within the eighteenth century the Nibelungenlied has end up 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.
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Readership: Readers of epic literature, sagas, delusion, medieval literature, Wagner enthusiasts; scholars of German literature, medieval literature in translation, medieval classes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.