The Nibelungen Tradition

Now for the first time, all references to the vast Nibelungen tradition have been catalogued in this comprehensive encyclopedia containing nearly 1,200 entries by 60 distinguished scholars from around the world.

Author: Francis G. Gentry

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780815317852

Category: Literary Criticism

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Within the English-speaking world, no work of the German High Middle Ages is better known than the Nibelungenlied, which has stirred the imagination of artists and readers far beyond its land of origin. Its international influence extends from literature to music, art, film, politics and propaganda, psychology, archeology, and military history. Now for the first time all references to the vast Nibelungen tradition have been catalogued in this comprehensive encyclopedia containing nearly 1000 entries by several dozen international contributors, including the most distinguished scholars in the field. Readers will find illuminating passages on a variety of topics, including literary and extra-literary references, characters and place names, significant motifs and concepts, historical background, and cultural reception through the centuries. This monumental work is an invaluable guide to a fascinating, age-old tradition.

A Companion to the Nibelungenlied

Offenbar hat der Dichter des Nibelungenliedes diese Strophe aus der ihm bekannten Tradition stehen lassen , den Ausbruch der Kämpfe dann aber ganz anders ...

Author: Winder McConnell

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 1571131515

Category: Literary Criticism

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This Companion to the Nibelungenlied draws on the expertise of scholars from Germany, Britain, and the United States to offer the reader fresh perspectives on a wide variety of topics regarding the epic: the latest theories regarding manuscript tradition, authorship, conflict, combat, and politics, the Otherworld and its inhabitants, eroticism (in both the Nibelungenlied and Wagner's Ring), the twentieth-century reception both of the Nibelungenlied and of its most intriguing protagonist, Kriemhild, key concepts used by the poet, the heroic, feudal, and courtly elements in the work, and an analysis of archetypal elements from the perspective of Jungian psychology.

Song of the Nibelungs

has cast a pall over the Nibelungenlied and the scholarship dealing with it from which it has only emerged in ... The Nibelungen Tradition: An Encyclopedia.


Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300125984

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 384

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It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of an entire people, the Burgundians, in a military conflict with the Huns and their king."--Jacket.

Islands and Cities in Medieval Myth Literature and History

Scandinavian Myths and the Nordic Nibelungen Tradition Although ... of a ' literary tradition of the Nibelungs ' , as opposed to oral traditions – they ...

Author: Andrea Grafetstätter

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 363161165X

Category: Foreign Language Study

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"The studies presented in this book derive from a series of sessions held at the annual International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK...Four sessions, held from 2004 to 2006, bore the title 'Islands of the World and the Seven Seas in Medieval Myth and History', and three in 2007 the title 'Cities, Myths and Literatures'...The stated objective of the island sessions was the location of a 'starting point for a new investigation into the possible impact that myths and other fictitious stories about insular wonderlands had on the reasons why medieval men and women undertook their various missions, searches and explorations that finally led to the discovery of the New World.' Similarly, the cities sessions 'intended to find new connections between ancient myths and medieval constructions of real or imagined cities in literature'."--editors' pref. p.7

A Preface to the Nibelungenlied

Hoffmann, Heldendichtung II: Nibelungenlied (1961 ; rpt. ... A similar shift away from the Nibelungenlied as sole arbiter of the tradition and toward ...


Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804770379

Category: Poetry

Page: 316

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This book aims to make available the necessary background for an informed reading of the Nibelungenlied, the twelfth-century epic perhaps best known to non-Germans from Wagner's music dramas. Two traditions of scholarly thought exist about the Nibelungenlied. The first sees the poem as a development out of German heroic legend; the second focuses on the work's location in the contemporary literary context at the end of the twelfth century. The first and older school deals with the evolution of the story over time and the question of how short heroic poems attained epic compass in the later Nibelungenlied. The second seeks to interpret the poem in terms of the new emergence of Arthurian romance around 1200. The author attempts to bridge the gap between the two contending schools, suggesting that neither approach precludes the other. Although the Nibelungenlied poet drew the story itself from earlier heroic poems, the author makes clear that the poet absorbed impulses from other types of literature as well. The book is in three parts. Part I discusses literary antecedents, tracing the development of German heroic poetry from the Migration Age on, then describing narrative practice in the twelfth century, in historical and legendary epic on the one hand and romance on the other. Part II analyzes the Nibelungenlied in its immediate literary context, addressing possible sources and narrative innovations. The author relates the story of the poem to the immediate antecedent versions of the legend that are now preserved only in the Norse Thidrek's Saga, surveys recent general interpretations, and suggests a literary-historical analysis that can plot the Nibelungenlied more accurately on the literary map of the twelfth century. Part III comprises previously untranslated texts and summaries of source materials bearing on the Nibelungenlied.

The Nibelungenlied

figures – the oldest in the Nibelung tradition – 'must not be weighed down by too much soul'; whereas Rüdiger, one of the more recent figures, himself lays ...


Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141920474

Category: Poetry

Page: 416

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Written by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries-old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama. 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. Comparable in scope to the Iliad, this skilfully crafted work combines the fragments of half-forgotten myths to create one of the greatest epic poems - the principal version of the heroic legends used by Richard Wagner, in The Ring.

The Return of King Arthur and the Nibelungen

The result was an invention, a construction: folk poetry was from the beginning a hybrid product of the objective base of folk traditions and the interest ...

Author: Maike Oergel

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110812541

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 333

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Nu L n Ich Iu Der G be

Because the poet renders no irrefutable verdict , the " fall of the Nibelungs " does not assure the end of the tale — a fact to which the Klage tradition ...

Author: Ernst Ralf Hintz

Publisher: Kummerle

ISBN: UVA:X004696973

Category: German literature

Page: 362

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Medieval Literature on Display

A Companion to the Nibelungenlied (Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1998); Francis G. Gentry, Winder McConnell, et al. (eds.), The Nibelungen Tradition: An ...

Author: Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786726278

Category: Literary Criticism

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How is the medieval world depicted today? Two German museums serve as case studies for a vibrant, imaginative, and provocative enactment of twenty-first century medievalism: the Museum Wolfram von Eschenbach in Wolframs Eschenbach (1995) and the Nibelung Museum in Worms (2001). Emerging around the turn of the 20th century, the museums explore medieval German literature, cultural memory and local history. As the museums reconstruct and transform medieval narratives for the contemporary audience, they enact the process of medievalism: they reveal how memory, through the lens of the middle ages, shapes modern cultural identity and heritage. Medieval Literature on Display thereby contributes to important conversations about medievalism's role in constructing and affirming cultural identity, in conceptualizing and finding places for the future of the past. This unique book is vital reading for scholars of medieval literature and historians of medieval Europe, as well as scholars of visual culture and museum studies.

Myth and Modernity

A good introductory guide to the epic and its scholarly treatment is The Nibelungen Tradition, eds. Francis G. Gentry, Winder McConnell, Ulrich Müller, ...

Author: Peter Paret

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9780857453464

Category: Art

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This first book-length critical study of Jeremy Irons concentrates on his key performances and acting style. Through the analysis of some of the major screen roles in Irons' career, such as Brideshead Revisited, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Reversal of Fortune, Swann in Love, Dead Ringers, and Lolita, Mark Nicholls identifies a new masculine identity that unites them: 'the prince of perversion', an emblematic figure of the 1980s and 1990s presented as an alternative to the action hero or the common man. Using clear explanations of complex theoretical ideas, this book investigates Jeremy Irons's performances through the notion of perversion, both as sexual inversion and as a form of social rebellion, to uncover an entirely original but recognizable screen type.
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The Nibelungenlied

Appendix A : The Nibelungen Tradition in Scandinavia The Nibelungenlied represents only one , although perhaps the most significant , literary link in the ...

Author: Winder McConnell

Publisher: Boston : Twayne

ISBN: UVA:X000818475

Category: Epic poetry, German

Page: 141

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Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition 400 1400

The closing passage of the Nibelungenlied conveys well its difference in tonality from the Volsunga Saga: There lay the bodies of all that were doomed to ...

Author: Marcia L. Colish

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300078528

Category: History

Page: 388

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This magisterial book is an analysis of the course of Western intellectual history between A.D. 400 and 1400. The book is arranged in two parts: the first surveys the comparative modes of thought and varying success of Byzantine, Latin-Christian, and Muslim cultures, and the second takes the reader from the eleventh-century revival of learning to the high Middle Ages and beyond, the period in which the vibrancy of Western intellectual culture enabled it to stamp its imprint well beyond the frontiers of Christendom. Marcia Colish argues that the foundations of the Western intellectual tradition were laid in the Middle Ages and not, as is commonly held, in the Judeo-Christian or classical periods. She contends that Western medieval thinkers produced a set of tolerances, tastes, concerns, and sensibilities that made the Middle Ages unlike other chapters of the Western intellectual experience. She provides astute descriptions of the vernacular and oral culture of each country of Europe; explores the nature of medieval culture and its transmission; profiles seminal thinkers (Augustine, Anselm, Gregory the Great, Aquinas, Ockham); studies heresy from Manichaeism to Huss and Wycliffe; and investigates the influence of Arab and Jewish writing on scholasticism and the resurrection of Greek studies. Colish concludes with an assessment of the modes of medieval thought that ended with the period and those that remained as bases for later ages of European intellectual history.

The Nibelungenlied

This position was articulated most clearly by Andreas Heusler , whose studies on the Nibelungen tradition and on the concept of Lied and Epos were accepted ...

Author: Edward Haymes


ISBN: UVA:X001157540

Category: Literary Criticism

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The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism

... Major Trends in Nibelungenlied Scholarship ' , in Francis G. Gentry et al . , ( eds ) , The Nibelungen Tradition : An Encyclopedia ( New York and London ...

Author: Joanne Parker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191648267

Category: Literary Criticism

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In 1859, the historian Lord John Acton asserted: 'two great principles divide the world, and contend for the mastery, antiquity and the middle ages'. The influence on Victorian culture of the 'Middle Ages' (broadly understood then as the centuries between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance) was both pervasive and multi-faceted. This 'medievalism' led, for instance, to the rituals and ornament of the Medieval Catholic church being reintroduced to Anglicanism. It led to the Saxon Witan being celebrated as a prototypical representative parliament. It resulted in Viking raiders being acclaimed as the forefathers of the British navy. And it encouraged innumerable nineteenth-century men to cultivate the superlative beards we now think of as typically 'Victorian'—in an attempt to emulate their Anglo-Saxon forefathers. Different facets of medieval life, and different periods before the Renaissance, were utilized in nineteenth-century Britain for divergent political and cultural agendas. Medievalism also became a dominant mode in Victorian art and architecture, with 75 per cent of churches in England built on a Gothic rather than a classical model. And it was pervasive in a wide variety of literary forms, from translated sagas to pseudo-medieval devotional verse to triple-decker novels. Medievalism even transformed nineteenth-century domesticity: while only a minority added moats and portcullises to their homes, the medieval-style textiles produced by Morris and Co. decorated many affluent drawing rooms. The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism is the first work to examine in full the fascinating phenomenon of 'medievalism' in Victorian Britain. Covering art, architecture, religion, literature, politics, music, and social reform, the Handbook also surveys earlier forms of antiquarianism that established the groundwork for Victorian movements. In addition, this collection addresses the international context, by mapping the spread of medievalism across Europe, South America, and India, amongst other places.

Encyclopedia of Mythological Objects

... 108 Nibelunge hort 88 The Nibelungen Hoard 116 The Nibelungen tradition 110 Nibelunger 116 Nibelungs 168 Nida Mountains 116 Nidavellir 36 Nide's Plain ...

Author: Theresa Bane

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476639208

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

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Curious about the chains that bound Fenriswulf in Norse mythology? Or the hut of Baba Yaga, the infamous witch of Russian folklore? Containing more than one thousand detailed entries on the magical and mythical items from the different folklore, legends, and religions the world over, this encyclopedia is the first of its kind. From Abadi, the named stone in Roman mythology to Zul-Hajam, one of the four swords said to belong to the prophet Mohammed, each item is described in as much detail as the original source material provided, including information on its origin, who was its wielder, and the extent of its magical abilities. The text also includes a comprehensive cross-reference system and an extensive bibliography to aid researchers.

The Restorative Poetics of a Geological Age

identifies the epic primarily with the Nibelung tradition. Not only can one find countless intertextual parallels between the two texts, but the novel also ...

Author: Timothy Attanucci

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110689518

Category: Literary Criticism

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Geohistoricism examines two mid-nineteenth century thinkers – the Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter and the French architect Eugène E. Viollet-le-Duc – who imagined cultural history on the model of earth history: as a history of objects to be restored and worlds to be reconstructed. The nascent field of geology shaped cultural thought; their conservationism, informed by erosion, envisions a future of restorative renewal.