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[Illustration: THE MEETING OF SIEGFRIED AND MIMI]

Stories of the

Nibelungen

for

Young People

Arranged by Gertrude R. Schottenfels Chicago Public Schools

Illustrated

Chicago A. Flanagan Company

COPYRIGHT, 1905 BY A. FLANAGAN COMPANY

STORIES OF THE NIBELUNGEN

I. YOUNG SIEGFRIED 7 II. MIMI'S STORY 21 III. SIEGFRIED'S SWORD 34 IV. THE DEATH OF THE DRAGON 43 V. THE STORY OF BRUNHILDA 53 VI. GUNTHER AND KRIEMHILD 61 VII. SIEGFRIED'S RETURN TO IRELAND 72 VIII. HOW GUNTHER WON HIS BRIDE 81 IX. KRIEMHILD AND BRUNHILDA'S QUARREL 91 X. KRIEMHILD'S REVENGE 112

PRONOUNCING VOCABULARY

Transcriber's note:

The following notation is used to show the pronunciation symbols used in this text. An image of this page may be found in the HTML edition.

[=x] = macron above a letter [)x] = breve above a letter [.x] = dot above a letter [x.] = dot below a letter [x] = tack above a letter ['x] = accent above a letter

NIBELUNGEN n[=e]´b[)e] l[u.]ng [e]n SANTUM s[)a]n´t[)u]m SIEGMUND s[=e]g´m[u.]nd NIEDERLAND n[=e]´der l[)a]nd SIEGELINDA s[=e] [g][)e]l in´d[)a] SIEGFRIED s[=e]g´frid MIMI m[=e]´m[=e] FAFNER f[)a]f´ner ALBERICH [)a]l´ber [)i]ck WOTAN w[=o]´t[)a]n LOKI l[=o]´k[=e] BRUNHILDA br[u.]n h[=i]l´d[)a] ISENHEIM [=e]´s[)e]n h[=i]me GUNTHER g[)u]n´ter HAGEN hä´gen UOTA [=u] [=o]´t[)a] KRIEMHILD kr[=e]m´h[=i]ld GISELHERR ['g][=e]´s[)e]l hâre GERNOT g[=e]r´n[=o] ETZEL et´z[)e]l ORTLIEB ôrt´l[=e]b RUDIGER ru´d[)i]g er BECHLARN b[)e]ck´lärn DIETRICH d[=e]t´r[=i]ck ETZELBURG [)e]t´z[)e]l berg DANKWART dänk´wert WALKYRIE w[)o]l k[=i]r´[=i]

Stories of the Nibelungen

I

YOUNG SIEGFRIED

IN THE good old days of Long Ago, when kings had absolute power over all their subjects, even in the matter of life and death, there dwelt in the city of Santum, on the beautiful Rhine River, a great and good king named Siegmund.

He was very powerful, and ruled over the kingdom of Niederland so wisely and so well that he was loved and honored by all his people. He shared his throne with Siegelinda, his beautiful wife, who also was noble and kind of heart.

Siegmund and Siegelinda had one son, called Siegfried a handsome, well built lad, with eyes as blue and sunny as the sky above on a fair spring morning. He was the only child of the king and queen, but he was more of a sorrow than a joy to them, for he was as willful and disobedient as he was beautiful. He could not bear to be crossed in any way, and wished that he were a man, so that he might do exactly as he pleased.

Siegfried's parents loved him dearly in spite of his faults and all the sorrow his wild ways caused them. But one fine morning, while the king and queen were still asleep, he quietly took his hat, and stole out of the castle, for he had made up his mind to go out into the wide world to seek his fortune.

Siegfried walked through the beautiful city, and then for some time followed a winding country road, until at length he found himself in the midst of a dense forest. But he was not afraid; he could hear the birds singing and calling to one another in the green trees overhead, and now and then a rabbit or a timid squirrel ran across his pathway, and disappeared in the bushes... Continue reading book >>




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