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Der Schimmelreiter

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  3,782 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Der Schimmelreiter ist viel mehr als ein klassisches Stück deutscher Literatur - auf knappsten Raum nutzt er eine Gespenstergeschichte, um vom Kampf des Menschen gegen die Natur und gegen den Menschen zu erzählen. Hauke Haiens Versuch, dem Meer neue Grenzen zu ziehen, führt in einen Abgrund, dessen Ausdeutung den Leser verschlingt wie die Sturmflut das neugewonnene Land.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published 2006 by Anaconda (first published 1888)
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The Rider on the White Horse was Theodor Storm's last completed work before his death. At the centre is a man trying to do his job in a new way, that will bring him fame, renown and satisfaction and the price that he will have to pay for what ever he may achieve. We might remember that white horses are often sacred and there's a cost to mortals in getting too involved in the with the divine.

We are held at arm's length away from this story by a series of framing devices: the author remembering r
Mar 20, 2012 Viktoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2012
Das war jetzt natürlich nicht dsa erste Mal, dass ich den "Schimmelreiter" gelesen habe. Es war Schullektüre... Beim erneuten Lesen ist mir das tolle an der Novelle bewusst geworden. Storm schafft durch die Bilder, die er schafft, und durch die Sprache eine einzigartige stimmung zwischen unheimlliche, gruselig und rauh. Die Nordsee und die Küste werden wunderbar von ihm eingefangen. Gerade auch der Aspekt der Grusel- bzw. Geistergeschichte ist hier wirklich spannend und sehr gut gemacht! Und man ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Steffi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich als alter Stimmungsfreund kann sagen, die Stimmung war einzigartig. Man hat das Wasser direkt klatschnass auf der Haut gespürt. Aber Stimmung ist eben auch nicht alles. Ein namenloser Erzähler berichtet wie er auf einer Reise bei Wind und Wetter einem geisterhafen Pferd mit einem ebenso geisterhaften Reiter begnet. Vom Wetter an seiner Weiterreise gehindert, kehrt er ein und es wird ihm von einem weiteren Erzähler, einem alten Schulmeister, die Geschichte des Schimmelreiters erzählt. Soweit ...more
This novella length story is huge on atmosphere but not so much characterization. The novella has a distinctly "Gothic" tone. Loved the setting of the novel the bleakness and starkness of the Frisian coastline, an area steeped in folk lore and superstition.
Well worth a look at for the story and setting alone even though there were some editing and formatting issues with this edition.
➸ Gwen de Sade
Sep 12, 2016 ➸ Gwen de Sade rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, classics
3.5 Sterne

Gott sei Dank musste ich diese Novelle nie in der Schule lesen, das war immer irgendwie ein Garant dafür, dass man es weniger mochte ;).

Die Novelle, die eigentlich eher an einen Roman erinnert, ist sprachlich sehr schön und sollte wirklich nicht in Vergessenheit geraten.
May 07, 2012 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German Students, German Teachers, Frisians
Recommended to Michael by: Steven Fuller
This is probably the most difficult book I have yet read in German. I’m going to be honest: my German is rusty enough that I had to make use of various online tools (and an online synopsis) to figure out what was going on at a couple of points. Once I had started to get into it, it was possible for me to follow, but this is definitely not a book for a beginner, or anyone whose German is only middling.

Part of the problem (for me, at least) is the narrative structure. There’s a meta-story, about
May 12, 2012 Fragmentage rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llbc-2015
Der Schimmelreiter spielt in Friesland in einer Ortschaft an der Küste, in der man dem Meer mit Respekt und Furcht begegnet und der Deichgraf der wichtigste Mann am Ort ist. Da ich viele Sommer meiner Kindheit auf einer Nordseeinsel verbringen durfte, konnte ich mir die Landschaft, das Wetter und die örtlichen Zusammenhänge, die Storm beschreibt, bildhaft vorstellen. Der Deich, die Marschen, Priele, reetgedeckten Häuser, bis hin zu der umspukten Hallig, entstanden sehr lebendig vor meinem innere ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Jos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, german-lit
Somehow I never had to read this book in school which probably was a good thing as I wouldn't have appreciated it at that time and simply would have done away with it as an old-fashioned and irrelevant ghost story.

Der Schimmelreiter tells us the story of Hauke Haien who was selected as dykemaster ("Deichgraf") in the 1750's in Northern Frisia. It tells of the attritional efforts of Haien to innovate respectively simply do what is necessary to improve things for the future at the cost of today's
It's interesting how a novella, written in 1880s, has so much to do with the present. The main storyline is as old as time - the constant fight between new ideas and old habits. And no matter what wins, the price is usually high.

Hauke Haien strove to leave someone after himself, to built a new dyke and be remembered (and honoured). His hard work and devotion can be admired, his vanity might be overlooked - in the end he succeeded in what he saw was the meaning of his life.

Even though, it's Hauk
Chuck LoPresti
Mar 20, 2012 Chuck LoPresti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not every story here is great - but all are good. This is probably too dated for most modern readers but those that appreciate Turgenev, Hamsun or Stifter will find something to enjoy here. The title story is the highlight, a real page-turner that build to a fierce crescendo. At times this reminded me of Bely's Silver Dove, with its strange mysticism that lurks throughout. Doomed love and ill-fated children populate the otherwise naturalistic focus of Storm's capable writing. He's a painter with ...more
Oct 03, 2007 Annika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: studymaterials
The Dykemaster.

Well, well. It was a nice little story. However, I do feel that it might have had more potential. Especially the ending came a little bit too abrupt for my liking. *shrugs* I suppose that's a question of taste, though.

I can definitely say that it didn't bore me at any point, and that it gave some interesting insights into society at that place and time.
May 18, 2011 Sternchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ich habe mir das extra in dieser tollen ausgabe geholt, damals, fürs examen, auch wenn ich es dann doch nicht als thema genommen hab...
ja, man kann hier ruhig vergleiche zu wuthering heights ziehen, wenn es um die grausam-schöne gewalt der rauhen natur geht.
Jul 15, 2016 Nathalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Nice writing and hidden symbolism.
I wish there was a tad more spookiness though.
nicht gut. ab der Hälfte Handlung. die letzten fünf Seiten waren die einzigen die gut waren.
Jul 24, 2016 Natira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Erstmals musste ich mich mit der Novelle "Der Schimmelreiter" von Theodor Storm in der Schule beschäftigen und ich kann nicht sagen, dass ich damals mit Begeisterung bei der Sache war. Schullektüre kann schon mal diesen Effekt haben. ;) Ich habe vor Jahren einen neuerlichen Anlauf unternommen, die Novelle zu lesen: Ein Erzähler berichtet dort von der Lektüre eines Heftes; in diesem steht ein Bericht über die Erlebnisse eines Anderen während eines Abends/einer Nacht in Nordfriesland incl. dem Hör ...more
Jun 27, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The schoolmaster of a northern German coastal town narrates the tale of Hauke Heien, the highly driven dykemaster who haunts the road along the dyke that bears his name.

As the story begins, it is earthly and normal: young Hauke Heien becomes the apprentice to the former dykemaster, secretly woos his daughter, and eventually inherits the prestigious position himself (raising a few eyebrows in the process). Hauke's latent sinister side is foreshadowed as a boy by the killing of a cat, and later ma
Jun 12, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Новелите на Теодор Щорм са поезия в проза. Лирични отклонения, романтика и социална ангажираност в точната доза, която да направи историята още по-интересна.
От всичко прочетено най-много ми допада последната му творба, "Ездачът на белия кон". Малко след публикуването й умира. Звучи като приказка, но в нея липсват нежните нотки. Любовта, около която се движи историята, е само маркирана и оставена на въображението ни. Макар да е опора и движеща живота на една много силна личност, остава назад, изм
Mar 18, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theodor Storm’s RIDER OF THE WHITE HORSE is a tightly woven novella about the conflict of man with nature and of man with man in the face of nature.

Hauke Haien the dikegrave (or supervisor of dikes for a section of the coast of Frisia) proves himself capable of tremendous feats of planning and engineering. This is all the more so when he acquires the white horse of the title, whom many believe to be a phantom, resurrected from a pile of bones dimly seen on the horizon.

One might suspect him of ha
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Jaloezie, achterdocht, tegenwerking van mensen, die het hoofd boven het maaiveld durfden te steken, conservatisme, bijgeloof, standsverschil: het komt allemaal voor in dit verhaal. Het lijkt in eerste instantie een spookverhaal: de man, die op donkere avonden, met storm en regen, gezien wordt op zijn schimmel en plotseling verdwijnt in de diepte.
De verteller, die het verhaal van zijn grootmoeder hoorde - en de verteller vervolgens in het verhaal, krijgt de geschiedenis te horen via de dorpsschoo
Liebes Buch
May 11, 2015 Liebes Buch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theodor Storms Klassiker nimmt den Aberglauben einer sturen Landbevölkerung aufs Korn. Der intelligente Hauke Haien schafft es, Deichgraf zu werden und ordnet den Bau eines neuen Deiches an. Die Deichanwohner verstehen nichts von modernem Deichbau und halten an alten abergläubischen Ritualen fest, die sie vor der Flut schützen sollen. Mit Argwohn beobachten sie Haien. Ist die Behinderung seines Kindes nicht eine Strafe Gottes? Und handelt es sich bei seinem Schimmel womöglich um ein Geisterpferd ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Flickercat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mir gefällt die maritime Atmosphäre mit den Schilderungen über das raue, oft anstrengende Leben zur damaligen Zeit an der Nordseeküste wirklich gut. Man bekommt einen bildhaften Eindruck von Haukes Lebensumfeld. Die Darstellung von der ruhigen, unerschütterlichen Liebe zwischen ihm und seiner Frau fand ich ebenso gelungen wie die Schauereinflüsse und die zunehmende Feindlichkeit der anderen Dorfbewohner.
Etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist die Art der Charaktere, zu sprechen – einige Dialoge haben mich
Oct 01, 2010 Felix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
German Edition - German review:

Die titelgebende Novelle über den Deichgrafen Hauke Haien und seine Hybris hat mir ganz gut gefallen, auch wenn mir hier schon in Teilen die Beschaulichkeit etwas auf die Nerven gefallen ist, die aber wenigstens durch das Ende ein wenig abgemildert wird. Die restlichen Erzählungen des Bandes - "Immensee", "Posthuma", "Viola Tricolor", "Psyche", "Aquis Submersus" und "Zur Chronik von Grieshuus" - waren mir dann auf die Dauer doch zu repetitiv. Immer wieder das Ideal
I read the Dutch translation of ‘Der Schimmelreiter’ (De schimmelruiter) and loved every minute of it. This ‘frame story’ shows the reader the contrasts between the old habits and superstitions during the 18th century on the one hand, and the far more rational ideas of the Age of Reason on the other. Being Dutch, maybe I was partly fascinated by this story because I live in the west of the Netherlands, near a polder, and this book made me realize (and respect) even more our never ending struggle ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Saskia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immensee: las ich angeblich schon 2007,konnte mich aber an nichts erinnern. mag an einer gewissen Ähnlichkeit der Novellen Storms liegen - Junge und Mädel verbringen Kindheit miteinander. Junge hat vor, Mädchen zu heiraten. Geht aber in die Ferne, studieren. Briefe werden immer seltener geschrieben. In seiner Abwesenheit hat natürlich Mädchen geheiratet. auch natürlich: unglücklich geheiratet, aber sie musste ja. Später treffen die beiden am Immensee wieder aufeinander. Unglück wird sichtbar. Ju ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
3.5 stars. I always felt sorry for Hauke Haien. There he is, trying to improve his situation, to make living at the sea safer and finally earn some acknowledgment. He simply fails by trying too hard, pushing too far. Like in Greek tragedy the protagonist breaks due to a flaw central to his own character. Storm creates a character whose lack of social skills make him uncongenial enough to appear credible. Unfortunately, that translates into a protagonist who often struggles to win his readers' fa ...more
Oct 27, 2013 j. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, for-school, own
I had to give a talk on "Der Schimmelreiter" for my German class and therefore I really invested some time in analysing it.
I feel like that was a good thing to do! I feel like I understand the idea behind it and also the symbolism. Often when I read books for school, I only get a faint idea of the "purpose" of the book and feel like I am only scratching the surface. But here I think I really understood what it is about and that makes this book good for me! Thouroughly working with a book might
Cornelius Browne
Dec 11, 2013 Cornelius Browne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recent storms forced me to read parts of this exquisite little book by candlelight as the wind howled in the belly of the night, adding greatly to author Storm's conjuring of atmosphere, particularly during the opening pages of the title story, The Rider on the White Horse, which is an outright masterpiece. The other seven stories are slighter, though each is a melancholy gem, enjoyable even in electric light.
"Der Schimmelreiter" war damals Pflichtlektüre in der 7ten Klasse bei uns. Und schon damals hab ich die Novelle geliebt (so ziemlich als Einzige in meiner Klasse XD) und Theodor Storm wurde schnell zu einem meiner liebsten Schriftsteller. Ich liebe diese düsteren, oftmals hoffnungslosen Stimmungen in seinen Erzählungen. Mit nur wenigen Worten schafft er es außergewöhnliche Menschen zum Leben zu erwecken.
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der Schimmelreiter by Storm 2 33 Sep 11, 2012 10:51AM  
  • Die Judenbuche
  • Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen
  • Der zerbrochne Krug
  • Kleider machen Leute
  • Irrungen, Wirrungen
  • Dantons Tod
  • Minna von Barnhelm
  • Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
  • Rock Crystal (New York Review Books Classics)
  • Götz von Berlichingen
  • Die schwarze Spinne
  • Wilhelm Tell
  • Bahnwärter Thiel
  • Der blonde Eckbert / Der Runenberg
  • Der Untertan
  • Schloß Gripsholm
  • Simplicissimus
Hans Theodor Woldsen Storm (1817 – 1888) was a German poet and author.

He was born in Husum ("the grey town by the grey sea") on the west coast of Schleswig of well-to-do parents. While still a student of law, he published a first volume of verse together with the brothers Tycho and Theodor Mommsen.

He worked as a lawyer in Schleswig-Holstein, but emigrated to Thuringia in 1851, leaving his mother's
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