No poem in German literature is so renowned and studied in Germany and Europe because the 800-year-old Das Nibelungenlied. within the English-speaking global, notwithstanding, the poem has remained little recognized, languishing with no an sufficient translation. this glorious new translation via eminent translator Burton Raffel brings the epic poem to existence in English for the 1st time, rendering it in verse that does complete justice to the unique excessive center German. His translation underscores the formal features of the poem and preserves its haunting good looks. known as the German lliad, Das Nibelungenlied is a heroic epic either nationwide in personality and sweeping in scope. The poem strikes inexorably from romance via tragedy to holocaust. It portrays the existential struggles and downfall of a complete humans, the Burgundians, in an army clash with the Huns and their king. In his foreword to the publication, Michael Dirda observes that the tale “could be simply up-to-date to explain the downfall of a Mafia crime family members, anything like The Godfather, with swords.” The super charm of Das Nibelungenlied through the 19th and 20th centuries is mirrored in such works as Richard Wagner’s opera tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, Fritz Lang’s two-part movie Die Nibelungen, and, extra lately, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.  

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