Great Norse, Celtic and Teutonic Legends
This collection of legends and romances encompasses the principal hero-lays of the great epic cycles of the Teutonic Middle Ages. Its timeless tales of love and war include 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; the legends of the Knights of the Round Table; and the Rhine legend of Lohengrin, the source of the epic Parzival and Wagner's well-known opera.
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Amelungs answered armour arms asked avenge Balmung battle beautiful Beowulf Berchtung blood bold brave brother Brunhild Burgundians Burgundy castle Chriemhild comrades conquered cried daughter dead death deeds Dietleib Dietrich Dietrich of Bern dragon dwarf Eadgils Eanmund emperor Ermenrich faithful father fear feast fell fight Freyja friends Gamuret gave Gawain Gerlind giant Giselher Grendel Gudrun Hagen hall hand Hartmut head heard heart Hegeling Heime hero of Bern Herwig Hettel Hildburg Hilde Hildebrand holy Grail honour horse Huns husband Ilsan Irolt Isenland King Etzel King Gunther king of Burgundy knew knight Lady Ute land Laurin length Lohengrin looked lord maiden Margrave master minstrel monster mother mountain Nibelungs noble once Ortnit palace peace Percival princess queen returned Rhine Riidiger rode rose royal Samson Siegfried Sigenot slain soon stood strong sword Titurel told took Tristram victory warriors Wasgenstein wife Wittich Wolfdieterich Wolfhart wounds young