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The Nibelungenlied

The Lay of the Nibelungs

Translated by Cyril Edwards

February 2010

ISBN: 9780199238545

288 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

The Nibelungenlied is the greatest medieval German heroic poem, a revenge saga on an epic scale, which tells how dragon-slayer Sivrit acquires the priceless hoard of the dwarvish Nibelungs, and of the tragic conflict between Kriemhilt and Hagen. This is the first prose translation for over forty years, with full introductory materials.

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The Nibelungenlied is the greatest medieval German heroic poem, a revenge saga on an epic scale, which tells how dragon-slayer Sivrit acquires the priceless hoard of the dwarvish Nibelungs, and of the tragic conflict between Kriemhilt and Hagen. This is the first prose translation for over forty years, with full introductory materials.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Translated by Cyril Edwards, Lecturer in German, St Peter's College, Oxford

Reviews

"It makes for glorious reading." - Yann Martell, 'What is Stephen Harper Reading?'

"A new translation by Cyril Edwards, the most faithful to date to the Nibelungenlied." - Bettina Bildhauer, TLS

"For a taste of the original style in English, Edwards's is now the best translation." - Bettina Bildhauer, TLS

"This magnificent story...now brought to an English speaking audience in a new translation by Cyril Edwards, (is) the most faithful one to date... the Nibelung legend is still li ttle known in the anglophone world (except to Wagnerians). But a narrative of such splendour and importance deserves a wide audience outside the walls of the academy." - Bettina Bildhauer, Times Literary Supplement

"The power and immediacy of this translation offers unparalleled insight into a forgotten world." - Editor's Choice, Good Book Guide

"A gripping tale, packed with violent incident...the poem's history is fascinating." - Editor's Choice, The Good Book Guide