By Professor Burton Raffel
No poem in German literature is so renowned and studied in Germany and Europe because the 800-year-old Das Nibelungenlied. within the English-speaking international, despite the fact that, the poem has remained little recognized, languishing with no an sufficient translation. this glorious new translation by way of eminent translator Burton Raffel brings the epic poem to lifestyles in English for the 1st time, rendering it in verse that does complete justice to the unique excessive heart German. His translation underscores the formal points of the poem and preserves its haunting attractiveness. known as the German lliad, Das Nibelungenlied is a heroic epic either nationwide in personality and sweeping in scope. The poem strikes inexorably from romance via tragedy to holocaust. It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of a whole humans, the Burgundians, in an army clash with the Huns and their king. In his foreword to the ebook, Michael Dirda observes that the tale “could be simply up to date to explain the downfall of a Mafia crime relations, anything just like the Godfather, with swords.” The large charm of Das Nibelungenlied during the 19th and 20th centuries is mirrored in such works as Richard Wagner’s opera tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, Fritz Lang’s two-part movie Die Nibelungen, and, extra lately, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
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151 Then Hagen of Troneg spoke: ‘‘That’s not advice I favor. Ludegast is mighty, Ludiger is strong. ’’ 23 DAS NIBELUNGENLIED 152 The messengers were quartered with people in the town. Even enemies, said Gunter, strong and proud, deserved an honored welcome. This was worthily done. The king intended to measure support abroad and also at home. 153 But still the king remained shaken, sober and sad. A certain carefree knight, seeing Gunter so worried, wondered what might have happened in Wurms, not knowing what had.
221 Now Gunter’s army could ride without weapons (they were carted back to the Rhine). Sifried’s men, and Sifried, had done exactly what Sifried expected, completed well a difﬁcult task. Every one of Gunter’s men agreed on these obvious facts. 222 Noble Gernot sent messengers to Wurms, informing all his friends that the Saxon army had been turned away, defeated, routed, and peace had now returned. Many happy knights had earned the highest honor for themselves. 223 Happy squires and pages hurried home with this news.
They came expecting a day of sports and games and all sorts of fun. 33 Then they heard a holy mass, after which great crowds of people milled about, as one by one swords of knighthood were given, each by ancient, well-ﬁxed rules, wonderfully rich, in splendor not many would see again. 34 Then leaving there they hurried to hordes of saddled horses. Sigemund’s well-packed courtyard shook with unheard-of noise as groups of new knights jousted hard, and hall and palace rang, highborn youngsters equally accomplished and boisterous.
Das Nibelungenlied: Song of the Nibelungs by Professor Burton Raffel