The Nibelungenlied, also known as “The Song of the Nibelungs,” is a medieval German epic poem that dates back to the early 13th century. It is one of the most important works of German literature and is based on older Germanic myths and legends. The Nibelungenlied tells the tragic story of Siegfried, a hero who slays a dragon and wins the treasure of the Nibelungs, including a magical ring. Siegfried marries Kriemhild, a Burgundian princess, but their happiness is short-lived when a dispute arises between Kriemhild and the Burgundian court. The poem narrates a series of betrayals, revenge, and ultimately, the fall of the Nibelung kingdom. The Nibelungenlied explores themes of heroism, loyalty, and the destructive power of vengeance. The poem’s influence can be seen in later works of literature, including Richard Wagner’s opera cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung.” The Nibelungenlied is an essential text for understanding medieval German literature and the cultural values of the time.

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