Das Nibelungenlied [electronic resource] =Song of the Nibelungs / translated from the Middle High German by Burton Raffel ; foreword by Michael Dirda ; introduction by Edward R. Haymes.
Contributor(s): Raffel, Burton.Material type: BookPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 351 p.).ISBN: 9780300131420 (electronic bk.); 0300131429 (electronic bk.); 030011320X (hdbk. : alk. paper); 9780300113204; 1281730963; 9781281730961.Other title: Song of the Nibelungs.Uniform titles: Nibelungenlied. English. Subject(s): Epic poetry, German | German poetry -- Middle High German, 1050-1500 | Electronic books | ლიტერატურა-- პოემები-- გერმანული პოეზიაGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 831/.21 Online resources: EBSCOhost
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Includes bibliographical references.
Foreword -- Introduction -- To the reader -- Das Nibelungenlied -- Translator's notes.
No poem in German literature is so well known and studied in Europe as the 800-year-old "Das Nibelungenlied". In the English-speaking world, however, the poem has remained little known, languishing without an adequate translation. This wonderful new translation by eminent translator Burton Raffel brings the epic poem to life in English for the first time, rendering it in verse that does full justice to the original High Middle German. His translation underscores the formal aspects of the poem and preserves its haunting beauty. Often called the German "lliad", "Das Nibelungenlied" is a heroic epic both national in character and sweeping in scope. The poem moves inexorably from romance through tragedy to holocaust. It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of an entire people, the Burgundians, in a military conflict with the Huns and their King. In his foreword to the book, Michael Dirda observes the story 'could be easily updated to describe the downfall of a Mafia crime family, something like "The Godfather", with swords'. The tremendous appeal of "Das Nibelungenlied" throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is reflected in such works as Richard Wagner's opera tetralogy "Der Ring des Nibelung", Fritz Lang's two-part film "Die Nibelungen", and, more recently, J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings".