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A Middle High German epic poem written in the early 1200s and based on the legends of Siegfried and of the Burgundian kings.
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(Poetry) a medieval High German heroic epic of unknown authorship based on German history and legend and written about 1200
[literally: song of the Nibelungs]
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(ˈni bəˌlʊŋ ənˌlit)

a Middle High German epic of c1200, telling of the wooing of Brunhild by the hero Siegfried on behalf of Gunther, the marriage of Siegfried and Kriemhild, the murder of Siegfried by Hagen, and Kriemhild's subsequent revenge.
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Noun1.Nibelungenlied - an epic poem written in Middle High German and based on the legends of Siegfried and Teutonic kings
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Tulln is one of Austria's oldest towns and has the Nibelungen fountain based on the epic poem Nibelungenlied. Most of the time, the Avalon ships are docked side by side, meaning you have to go through the other one's lobby to get off the ship and onto the bank.
The "high soprano" of the performer of Salome's role--the symbol of the prime origin of female--rises over Latvia's "joint choir" in terms of professionalism (standing for the outward, visible part of manifestation); this woman is also full of pride and energy and is approximated to Brunhild from Nibelungenlied (standing for inner psychological conflict):
Kirakosian says that Cersei Lannister's archetype as the 'vindictive queen' is similar to the character Kriemhild from medieval German epic Nibelungenlied. The epic has common themes with the show, like family rivalries and matriarchs with husbands killed in a hunt.
The early Middle Ages in Europe witnessed the birth of heroic epic poem Beowulf, filled with supernatural elements such as dragons and monsters; the patriotic and heroic epic The Song of Roland in France, Cantar de Mio Cid in Spain; Nibelungenlied in Germany.
During a boat trip down the Rhine, Lotte Fairbrook admires the vineyards, woods, castles, and ruins along the banks of the river, muses over Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung and the Nibelungenlied, and sings together with her fellow Germans Heine's "Lorelei" when the Rock of the Lorelei comes into view.
Anonimo (1994-1995), Das Nibelungenlied, 2 vols., herausgegeben, ubersetzt und mit einem Anhang versehen von Helmut Brackert, Francfort del Meno, Fischer.
But I learned to be a man through the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Aeneid, Beowulf, the Nibelungenlied. What I adore in this world are the great epic poems.
In this impressive monograph on Whitman's sources and formation, he reveals Whitman's readings of--among others--George Sand, Milton, works on Ancient Egypt, German literature such as the Nibelungenlied, Voltaire, Heinrich Heine, and Whitman's contemporary Lord Alfred Tennyson (12, 126, 162-163, 196, 208, 222, 252-264).
Later versions contrasted the proud, serious Hagen (Prussia-Germany) with the happy, playful Volker (Austria-Hungary); see Otfrid Ehrismann, Das Nibelungenlied in Deutschland.