Siegfried's Murder (Penguin Epics, #15)
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Siegfried's Murder (Penguin Epics, #15)

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Having killed a dragon and bathed in its blood, the mighty Siegfried seems undefeatable. But during a bitter family feud, his naive and beautiful wife reveals he has one terrible weakness. So Siegfried's enemies take him with them into the dark depths of a forest, where they will exploit that weakness and plunge a spear deep into his heart.
Paperback, 138 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Penguin Classics
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As far as translations go this was one was pretty standard. Sometimes it felt like the translator was trying too hard to make it sound medieval instead of simply letting the text speak for itself. What really annoyed me though was the abruptness of the end. All through the story we keep hearing of Siegfried's murder and how his wife gets revenge on the murderers. We get the murder but it ends with Siegfried being buried. That's it. No sense of completion or closure. I know it was only an extract...more
2.5 stars

Started off slowly and only piqued my interest right at the end.
The story skims over the earlier deeds of Siegfried's life, focusing more on the events leading to his demise. But those earlier, overlooked deeds included slaying a dragon and bathing in its blood, snaring himself a magical invisibility cloak and conquering other lands. Perhaps if I had experienced these feats through the story, I would have been more moved by his death. It seems to me that the tale was cropped and embell...more
Well, uhm, it was okay. I remember this book to be in my shelf since highschool and it is only now that I was able to finish it. It was much like the books of mythology, the way it is written - with the words too deep and the way of speaking is too formal.

A book like this... would only come to my possession if it was a gift. Which it was. I couldn't imagine myself buying it. Not that it was bad, but because it's not my element, not my choice in books.
Meh, I gave up. I really should stop trying to read books that are over 100 years old, it's really not my thing.
J. Lynn
I'm sure someone much more brilliant than me has done some good work on this re: gender politics, and I'd like to read what that person has to say at some point. For my part, I was a bit baffled.
Welwyn Katz
A portion of the Nibelungenlied. I believe it has been Christianized by the unknown translator. It also contains its own narrator, probably original. I prefer other versions
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