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A treasury of myth presenting the principal hero-lays of the great epic cycles of the Teutonic Middle Ages. These timeless tales of love and war formed the basis for a vast body of Western literature and art, and encompass the legends of the Knights of the Round Table and their exalted quest for the Holy Grail; the saga of Beowulf; the Hegeling and Nibelung legends, which inspired Wagner's Ring cycle; and the legend of Lohengrin, the source of Parzival and Wagner's opera. ...
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A treasury of myth presenting the principal hero-lays of the great epic cycles of the Teutonic Middle Ages. These timeless tales of love and war formed the basis for a vast body of Western literature and art, and encompass the legends of the Knights of the Round Table and their exalted quest for the Holy Grail; the saga of Beowulf; the Hegeling and Nibelung legends, which inspired Wagner's Ring cycle; and the legend of Lohengrin, the source of Parzival and Wagner's opera.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486434896
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Amelungs
Chapter I Hugdieterich and Fair Hildburg 4
Wolfdieterich and his Eleven 10
Sigeminne 12
The Knife-man 18
The Lind-worm 22
The Eleven 26
Chapter II King Samson 29
Chapter III Dietwart and the Dragon 36
Legend of Dietrich and Hildebrand
Chapter I The Youth of Dietrich 41
The Sword Nagelring 42
Battle with a Giantess 44
Sigenot, the Strong Giant 45
Chapter II Queen Virginal 51
Chapter III Dietrich's Comrades 55
Wittich, the Bowman 57
Wildeber, Ilsan and Comrades 62
Dietlieb, the Knightly Dane 66
Chapter IV King Laurin and the Little Rose Garden 68
King Laurin's Realm 72
Chapter V The Great Rose Garden 77
Chapter VI The Faithfulness of Dietrich 80
The March Against Remstein 87
Chapter VII The Harlungs 89
Chapter VIII Etzel, Walter and Hildegunde 97
Chapter IX Etzel and Dietrich Against the Reussen 99
The Battle of Ravenna 100
Alphart's Dealth 101
Chapter X A Strange Adventure 105
The Passing of Dietrich 107
The Nibelung Story
Chapter I Siegfried's Youth 109
Siegfried Sails for Isenland 112
Reception by Brunhild 113
Chapter II Siegfried in Burgundy 116
Chapter III The Dragonstone 120
Chapter IV The Wooing of Brunhild 126
Chapter V Treason and Death 132
Hagen Assassinates Siegfried 138
Chapter VI King Etzel's Wooing 143
Chapter VII The Burgundians Visit Hunland 146
Blodein and Dankwart 152
The Slaughter 153
The Fire 155
The Lord of Bechelaren 156
Dietrich and his Amelungs 158
King Gunther Beheaded 163
Chapter VIII The Nibelung's Lament 163
A Terrible Dream 166
Siegfried's Sword 168
The Hegeling Legend
Chapter I A Griffin Carries Off Hagen 170
Hagen's Fight with a Dragon 173
Chapter II Hettel and His Heroes 175
Chapter III Gudrun, the Beautiful 180
Hartmut and Herwig Rivals 182
A Desperate Battle 185
Chapter IV Queen Gerlind 186
A Swan Encourages Gudrun 189
Chapter V Battle and Victory 191
The Vengeance of Wate 194
The Legend of Beowulf
Grendel, the Giant 196
Beowulf, the Bold Diver 197
Beowulf Fights with Grendel 200
The She-Wolf of the Sea 202
Beowulf is Made King 204
The Fight with a Dragon 206
Legends of the Holy Grail
Chapter I Titurel, the Humble Knight 211
Building of the Temple 214
Marriage and Descendants 215
Chapter II Percival (Parsifal) 217
The Challenge to Combat 220
Quest of the Grail 223
Rescue of a Lady 226
The Enchanted Castle 227
Gawain Slays a Lion 233
Percival, Trevrezent, and the Grail 234
Wounded Amfortas 236
Finding of the Grail 237
Legend of Lohengrin
The Silver Bell 239
Fair Else, the Duchess 241
Else's Dream 241
Lohengrin and Telramund 243
The Parting 244
Romance of Tristram and Isolde
Trusty Rual and his Foster-Son 246
Queen Isolde 248
Tristram's Fight with Moralt 249
Tristram Slays a Liind-worm 250
The Love Potion 252
Tristram is Mortally Wounded 255
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Introduction

This captivating collection of legends and romances encompasses the principal hero-lays of the great epic cycles of the Teutonic Middle Ages. Timeless tales of love and war recount the deeds of the noble Siegfriend and grim Hagen, the gentle Gudrun and her beautiful mother Hilde, the Lind-worm and Sigenot the giant. These are the stories behind many great works of art and literature: the Amelungs, the ancient forebears of the heroic Dietrich and his bride, Hildebrand; the Hegeling and Nibelung legends, on which Wagner based his Ring cycle; the saga of Beowulf and his victory over the monstrous Grendel; the legends of the Knights of the Round Table and their exalted quest for the Holy Grail; and the Rhine legend of Lohengrin, a source for the epic Parzival and Wagner's well-known opera. Narrated in an accessible style, these inspiring legends of Northern Europe's gods and heroes offer compelling reading, both in and out of the classroom.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2007

    A pretty good book

    Some of the characters' names were hard to keep track of, especially the spellings and repetitions of the same names for different people, but I really liked the idea of reading ancient myths from Northern Europe. Often, old literature bores me, but I finished this book quick because I was always kept fascinated. Highly Recommended!

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