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Siegfried's Murder

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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, Penguin Epics #15, 138 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Penguin Classics
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Priya Sharma
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a fascinating document. What strikes me as a modern reader isn't the style, which I expected but the dynamics. These were chivalrous men when this story was documented, the text detailing their finery and prowess. More lines are spent on the intricacies of their garb than the character and relationship of the two women who bring about Siegfried's demise.
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Every once in a while I force myself to read classic literature and I almost never enjoy it. I think it's good to see where our stories come from but sometimes it feels like drudgery. So bear that in mind when you see my low rating. If you like older writing styles you might enjoy this book but it wasn't for me.
Ariadne Deborah Fassel
A decent translation of this sad and violent story.
My last name used to be a trial to me. But as I grew up, it grew on me. And one day I was at a random picnic with my mother of French speakers (I took German, thanks to my last name) and one of the few people who could and was willing to speak to me told me the story of Siegfried. I was familiar with the fact that he was a German mythological hero, a la Achilles or Hercules--not a god. But what this guy explained was how the myth came to be. That if you get a few hundred or thousand men with met ...more
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Austin Sheehan
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story but felt something was lacking..
Perhaps there was some depths to the narrative that were lost in translation, or cut out to make the story shorter.
I want to keep learning about the heroes and culture of my heritage, but don't think I will do it through this series in future.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: niet-uitgelezen
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
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Melissa Hitchens
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
eh -\_O_/
Welwyn Wilton 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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May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not the best edition of the tale by any means. Interesting though, how writing styles have changed!
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