By Professor Burton Raffel
No poem in German literature is so popular and studied in Germany and Europe because the 800-year-old Das Nibelungenlied. within the English-speaking international, even though, the poem has remained little recognized, languishing with no an enough translation. this excellent new translation by means of eminent translator Burton Raffel brings the epic poem to existence in English for the 1st time, rendering it in verse that does complete justice to the unique excessive center German. His translation underscores the formal facets of the poem and preserves its haunting good looks. referred to 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 booklet, Michael Dirda observes that the tale “could be simply up-to-date to explain the downfall of a Mafia crime kinfolk, anything just like the Godfather, with swords.” The large attraction 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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Both foreign knights and Sigemund’s own declared that nothing was hoarded. 30 Four hundred apprentice knights, along with the king’s young son, had to be dressed for that rite, and many pretty girls set to the task, not in the least unhappy to work. They decorated clothing with many bands of precious stones, 31 sewing gold and jewels everywhere they might, for each of these young men. They did what had to be done. And the king had benches built for the many heroic fathers who watched, that shining day, as their sons were anointed full-ﬂedged knights.
Beautiful shields and shining blades shimmered and gleamed in their hands. 198 Then the Saxons appeared, swords and lances steady, sharp as weapons are made, and ﬁghters, I’m told, quite ready. These were dangerous tools, held in heroes’ hands. They meant to defend their towns, their castles, their lord’s good people and lands. 199 Noble leaders of men brought the armies together. The dozen who’d come with Sifried from far-off Netherlands were there, and so was their lord. No prince, no hero, was better.
She lived loveless through many happy days, no one troubling her heart. And yet, in the end, her heart would be won by a brave and courteous knight, and she’d become his faithful wife. 19 He was indeed the falcon she’d seen that night in her dream, just as her mother said. And then the revenge that was done against her nearest kin for killing that husband! One death caused more, and many, many weeping mothers lost their sons. Adventure 2 About Sifried 20 In the Netherlands, meanwhile, a son was born to a noble prince named Sigemund and a queen named Sigelind.