The Nibelungenlied

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Penguin Books Limited, 1965 - Literary Collections - 403 pages
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A story of guile, treachery, loyalty and desperate courage
This great German epic poem of murder and revenge recounts with particular strength and directness the progress of Siegfried's love for the peerless Kriemhild, the wedding of Gunther - her brother - and Brunhild, the quarrel between the two queens, Hagen's treacherous murder of Siegfried, and Kriemhild's eventual triumph.
Composed nearly eight hundred years ago by an unnamed poet, theNibelungenliedis the principal literary expression of those heroic legends of which Richard Wagner made such free use inThe Ring. A. T. Hatto's translation transforms an old text into a story as readable and exciting as Homer'sIliad.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This is the version in English you should read as a narrative. I have another translation "translated into Rhymed English Verse in the Metre of the Original" by George Henry Needler, which I use for ... Read full review

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User Review  - hbergander - LibraryThing

This German epos of great moment has been sadly present up to the horrible World War II, when it was exploited by the Nazi propaganda. Even nowadays, often an unnecessary touch of bombastic heroism ... Read full review

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Written around AD 1200, probably by a professional entertainer for performance at court in Austria


A.T. Hatto has translated Tristan and Eschenbach's Parzival for Penguin Classics.

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