The Nibelungenliedby Anonymous
"Over the sea there dwelt a queen whose like was never known, for she was of vast strength and surpassing beauty. With her love as the prize, she vied with brave warriors at throwing the javelin, and the noble lady also hurled the weight to a great distance and followed with a long leap; and whoever aspired to her love had, without fail, to win these three tests against her, or else, if he lost but one, he forfeited his head."
The Nibelungenlied or The Song of the Nibelungs is the greatest saga from medieval Germany. This epic story of murder is a masterpiece of chivalric drama and formed the basis for Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.
Siegfried, a great prince of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful princess Kriemhild of Burgundy, by aiding her brother Gunther in his struggle to seduce a powerful Icelandic Queen. But the two women quarrel, and Siegfried is ultimately destroyed by those he trusts the most.
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