Definitions for nibelungenliedˈni bəˌlʊŋ ənˌlit
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Ni•be•lung•en•liedˈni bəˌlʊŋ ənˌlit(n.)
a Middle High German epic of c1200, telling of the wooing of Brunhild by the hero Siegfried on behalf of Gunther, the marriage of Siegfried and Kriemhild, the murder of Siegfried by Hagen, and Kriemhild's subsequent revenge.
an epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings
The Nibelungenlied, translated as The Song of the Nibelungs, is an epic poem in Middle High German. The story tells of dragon-slayer Siegfried at the court of the Burgundians, how he was murdered, and of his wife Kriemhild's revenge. The Nibelungenlied is based on pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs, which include oral traditions and reports based on historic events and individuals of the 5th and 6th centuries. Old Norse parallels of the legend survive in the Völsunga saga, the Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda, the Legend of Norna-Gest, and the Þiðrekssaga. In 2009, the three main manuscripts of the Nibelungenlied were inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in recognition of their historical significance.
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