The Nibelungenlied by Anonymous

Thought to have been first written down in the 12th century by an author who is still unknown, the Nibelungenlied, translated from Middle High German as the Song of the Nibelungs, is an epic German poem reflecting the oral tradition, heroic motifs, and actual events and individuals from the 5th and 6th centuries. This remarkable work begins with an assurance of both joy and sorrow, though ultimately tragedy reins in the Nibelungenlied. The early chapters recount the young life of Siegfried, a great Netherlands prince, who slew a dragon and bathed in its blood while still young, giving him extraordinary strength. He goes on to meet the lovely princess Kriemhild, whose brother Gunther requires his help to marry the strong Icelandic Queen Brünhild in exchange for his sister's hand. All is well until Brünhild discovers the deception of Gunther and Siegfried, and her successful plot to murder the latter incites bloody revenge from Kriemhild. from the court of the Burgundians to the court of Etzel, from terrible deaths to hidden treasure, the Nibelungenlied is a masterful illumination of German antiquity and dramatic legend. Often and justly compared to the Iliad of the Greeks, this skillful epic poem has inspired artists throughout the centuries, most notably Richard Wagner in his opera cycle 'The Ring,' and will doubtlessly continue to inspire readers in the centuries to come.

- Google

The 459th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 97th on The 100 Best Books of World Literature (
  2. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  3. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)

Buy This Book

Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Nibelungenlied (Classics) Kindle Edition 467916 $9.99 2004
The Nibelungenlied Paperback 21644184 $52.95 $48.96 2004
Story Telling To Children From Norse Mythology And The Nibelungenlied (1903) Paperback 11045333 $9.16 $11.24 2008
Story Telling to Children from Norse Mythology and the Nibelungenlied Paperback 1243360 $8.33 $10.62 2009
The Nibelungenlied Paperback 4511609 $14.36 $17.16 2006
The Nibelungenlied Paperback 10028027 $16.86 $22.11 2010
Das Nibelungenlied (German Edition) Paperback 12816213 $30.50 $11.04 2010
THE NIBELUNGENLIED (Penguin Classics) Paperback 4064175 $9.98 $0.95
The Nibelungenlied Paperback 6166739 $12.99 $11.10 2013
The Nibelungenlied Paperback 8590379 $12.12 $9.63 2006
Das Nibelungenlied. Achtundvierzigste durchgesehene Auflage. (German Edition) Paperback 17786717 $34.75 2011
Das Nibelungenlied (German Edition) Kindle Edition 4476876 $1.99 2020
The Nibelungenlied Kindle Edition 1372871 $0.99 2004
The Nibelungenlied Kindle Edition 1361613 $2.99 2000
The Nibelungenlied Hardcover 10460112 $48.92 $52.78 2010
The Nibelungenlied Paperback 9601605 $13.41 $36.06 2006
The Nibelungenlied: Prose Translation (Penguin Classics) Paperback 219105 $11.61 $1.68 1965