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15 April 2010

288 Pages | 1 map

ISBN: 9780199238545


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The Nibelungenlied

The Lay of the Nibelungs


translated by Cyril Edwards

Oxford World's Classics

  • The greatest heroic epic to emerge from medieval Germany, the Nibelungenlied is comparable to the Iliad in scale. A revenge saga, it tells of romance and murder, dwarves and giants, and a priceless treasure hoard.
  • The first prose translation of the Nibelungenlied for over forty years, Cyril Edwards's new version is more accurate and accessible and captures the poem's epic qualities.
  • Includes a comprehensive introduction to the Nibelungenlied, the historical background, its status as German national epic, Richard Wagner's Ring cycle, and the lay's cinematic reception.
  • Scholarly appendices on the lay's Nordic sources, historical parallels, and style and form.
  • Up-to-date bibliography, invaluable notes, map, and a list of people and places.
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