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A very good introduction to the Middle High German Dietrich and Nibelungen epics of the middle ages. The book begins by introducing the reader to the historical foundation of the epics, the transmission of the poetry from oral poems to written epics and gives a couple of translations from a few hard to find medieval chronicles that are important for tracing the development of the Dietrich legend. The second part gives summaries of all the Dietrich and Nibelungen epics and a extensive ...more