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Das Nibelungenlied

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12 Hours 20 Minutes

LibriVox

January 2011

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Das Nibelungenlied ist ein mittelalterliches Heldenepos und wurde oft als „Nationalepos der Deutschen“ bezeichnet. Es entstand zu Beginn des 13. Jahrhunderts und wurde in der damaligen Volkssprache Mittelhochdeutsch geschrieben. Das Epos erzählt von der Liebe zwischen dem Drachentöter Siegfried und der burgundischen Prinzessin Kriemhild, von der Brautwerbung des burgundischen Königs Gunther um die isländische Königin Brunhild, vom Verrat der Burgunden an Siegfried und dessen Ermordung durch Hagen. Später ist der Schauplatz der Handlung das Land der Hunnen unter König Etzel, den Kriemhild in zweiter Ehe geheiratet hat. Kriemhild benutzt ihre neue Position, um mithilfe der Hunnen Siegfrieds Tod an Hagen und allen Burgunden zu rächen. Die Übersetzung Karl Joseph Simrocks gehört zu den bekanntesten Übertragungen des alten Textes in die neuhochdeutsche Sprache. The Nibelungenlied (Song of the Nibelungs) is a medieval epic poem and has been often referred to as the German “national epic”. It was written down in the early 13th century in Middle High German, the vernacular of the time.
The epic tells of the love between the dragon-slayer Siegfried and the Burgundian princess Kriemhild, how Gunther, King of Burgundy, courts Brunhild of Iceland, and how Siegfried is betrayed by the Burgundians and murdered by Hagen. The scene of the story later shifts to the land of the Huns of King Etzel, Kriemhild’s husband in second marriage. Kriemhild uses her new position among the Huns to avenge Siegfried’s death on Hagen and all the Burgundians. The translation of Karl Joseph Simrock is one of the best-known New German versions of the old text.

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  • Anonymous

    A classical and must read ( listen) for everyone interested in German mythology. A bit hard to follow through as it is spoken in the original translation by Simrock and this is quite different from nowadays common German. But it is worth the effort to get used to it.( You have 10h!! to habituate) The narrator even interweaves some German dialect to get the mood right for the tale . Thumbs up for it! Little Trivia: The Nibelungen Tale is also allegorically picturing the fight of the old nordic religion with christianity. Like when Hagen von Tronje gets the warning about the deadly end of their journey to the court of Etzel (In English this is Attila the Hun) This is the "old way" warning Hagen. While all the Burgundy clearly are pictured as Christians. At the end all die and nobody knows where the dwarfs (Nibelungen) took the treasure and sunk it down in the Rhine River. Where it is still waiting to be discovered .The Nibelungen part II is all about geocaching :-)

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