Brunhild; A Tragedy From The Nibelung Saga

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byEmanuel Geibel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. If greatness in literature is a consequence and outgrowth of greatness in national life, it must be considered not the least desert of Lessing, Goethe, and Schiller, that they have inaugurated the great era of modern German literature in the midst of national littleness. Indeed, the last decades of the eighteenth century offered no inspiration for German poets: on the contrary, it was theirs to prepare the subsequent regeneration of national life. Very different from the political wretchedness which reigned at the end of the last century, was the condition of Germany at the time when the famous Nibelungen Lied was composed, in the form in which it has been transmitted to us. It was then the brilliant era of the Hohenstaufen emperors (1138-1254), when the courts of Frederick Barbarossa and of Frederick II., themselves the very types of media;val knighthood, were adorned by the flower of a noble chivalry. It was the renowned epoch of the "Minnesinger," when the-richlyflowing stream of national greatness pervaded the hearts of all,--when the highest ideals held forth by poetry were personal bravery and honor to woman. But while the composition of the Nibelungen Lied belongs to one period, the world that is mirrored in the poem belongs to another. At the time when our epic was composed, Germany had been christianized for many centuries, and the feudal system was then firmly established; yet the heroes and heroines of the Nibelungen Lied are the products of an age when the German tribes, proud of their freedom, hunted through the primeval forests; when the king was little more than the chosen leader in war; when Odin and Thor were worshipped; when the sacred trees had not yet fallen under the axe of the Christian missionaries, and the martial spi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. If greatness in literature is a consequence and outgrowth of greatness in national life, it must be considered n...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217913458

ISBN - 13:9780217913454

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