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Fall of the Nibelungs

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"The Fall of the Nibelungs" is Margaret Armour's plain prose translation from the middle high German of the "Nibelungenlied", a poetic saga of uncertain authorship written about the year 1200. The story is believed by many to be based on the destruction of the Burgundians, a Germanic tribe, in 436 by mercenary Huns recruited for the task by the Roman general Flavius AĆ«tius. The introduction to the 1908 edition summarizes the story, "And so 'the discord of two women,' to quote Carlyle, 'is as a little spark of evil passion, which ere long enlarges itself into a crime; foul murder is done; and now the sin rolls on like a devouring fire, till the guilty and the innocent are alike encircled with it, and a whole land is ashes, and a whole race is swept away.'", a story not for the faint of heart.

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The Fall of the Niebelungs

Translated by Margaret Armour


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First Adventure Concerning the Niebelungs Second Adventure Concerning Siegfried Third Adventure How Siegfried Came to Worms Fourth Adventure How Siegfried Fought with the Saxons Fifth Adventure How Siegfried First Saw Kriemhild Sixth Adventure How Gunther Went to Issland to Woo Brunhild Seventh Adventure How Gunther Won Brunhild Eighth Adventure How Siegfried Journeyed to the Nibelungs Ninth Adventure How Siegfried Was Sent to Worms Tenth Adventure How Brunhild Was Received at Worms Eleventh Adventure How Siegfried Brought his Wife Home Twelfth Adventure How Gunther Invited Siegfried to the Hightide Thirteenth Adventure How They Rode to the Hightide Fourteenth Adventure How the Queens Quarrelled Fifteenth Adventure How Siegfried Was Betrayed Sixteenth Adventure How Siegfried Was Slain Seventeenth Adventure How Siegfried Was Mourned and Buried Eighteenth Adventure How Siegmund Returned Home Nineteenth Adventure How... Continue reading book >>

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