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A Preface to the Nibelungenlied
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 ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Stanford University Press
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Continuing his work begun in the Legend of Brynhild but this time concentrating on the origin and sources of the Nibelungenlied. Andersson begins by tracing the origin of Germanic heroic poetry, using references taken from classical authors like Tacitus, Jordanes and evidence left in the few remaining fragments of Germanic heroic poems. Andersson then traces the origin of French romance and its transmission into German works such as Veldeke and Hartmann. Placing the Nibelungenlied in the traditi ...more