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The Lament of the Nibelungen

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Appended to most of the major manuscripts of the German national epic poem, the Nibelungenlied, the Diu Klage (Lament) is the first known commentary on this great thirteenth-century poem. Composed in rhyming couplets, the 4360-verse Klage describes the aftermath of the debacle at the court of Attila the Hun and the manner in which news of the catastrophe is carried back to ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published December 18th 1994 by Camden House (first published 1984)
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Neil
Dec 09, 2012 Neil rated it it was amazing
The Klage is appended to most manuscripts of the Nibelungenlied and tells of the aftermath of the apocalyptic battle at the end of the Nibelungenlied. The survivors Dietrich, Hildebrand, Attila and the Burgundians left in Worms discuss the questions of guilt, lament the fallen and bury the dead.

The poem is thought to date from the around the years 1210-30 and can be divided into four sections. The first is a summery of events in the Nibelunenlied and who is to be held responsible for the slaugh
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Bill
Nov 26, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
When venturing into new literature sometimes it is best to read an introduction first. This book serves this purpose. It is like Cliff notes on steroids. The authors introduces us the themes of the book then to all the major players and finally place it in historical context both from the High Middle
Ages and now. It is a perfect way to begin a new path in literature.
Neil
Probably the best short and cheap introduction to the Nibelunenlied written in English. The first chapter is an introduction to the cultural background of the poem. Other chapters analyse key characters, style and structure and the reception of the epic in Germany. Also includes two appendices on Norse versions of the legend and the metre of the poem. This book is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to know more about the Nibelungenlied.
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