'In ancient tales many marvels are told us ... now you may hear such marvels told!'The greatest of the heroic epics to emerge from medieval Germany, the Nibelungenlied is a revenge saga of sweeping dimensions. It tells of the dragon-slayer Sivrit, and the mysterious kingdom of the Nibelungs with its priceless treasure-hoard guarded by dwarves and giants, of Prünhilt the Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites and a cloak of invisibility. Driven by the conflict between Kriemhilt, the innocent maiden turned she-devil, and her antagonist, the stoic,indomitable Hagen, the story is one of human tragedy, of love, jealousy, murder, and revenge, ending in slaughter on a horrific scale. The work of an anonymous poet of c.1200, since its rediscovery in the eighteenth century the Nibelungenlied has come to be regarded as the national epic of the Germans. It has inspiredcountless reworkings and adaptations, including two masterpieces: Fritz Lang's two-part film, and Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.This is the first prose translation for over forty years: accurate and compelling, it is accompanied by a wealth of useful background information.ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
OUP Oxford; February 2010
- ISBN: 9780191572685
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- Title: The Nibelungenlied
Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Author: Cyril Edwards (trans.)
Imprint: OUP Oxford
In The Press
The power and immediacy of this translation offers unparalleled insight into a forgotten world.
About The Author
Cyril Edwards is a Lecturer in German at St Peter's College, Oxforrd, a Senior Research Fellow of Oxford's Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, and an Honorary Research Fellow of University College London. He has published widely on the medieval lyric, Old High German, and the supernatural in medieval literature. His translations include Parzival and Titurel for Oxford World's Classics and Hartmann von Aue's Iwein or the Knight with theLion.