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The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Book)

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The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs
By Cyril Edwards

The greatest of the heroic epics to emerge from medieval Germany, the Nibelungenlied has come to be regarded as the national epic of the Germans, and has inspired countless adaptations, including Richard Wagner's Ring cycle. It is a revenge saga of sweeping dimensions, it tells of the dragon-slayer Sivrit, the mysterious kingdom of the Nibelungs, a priceless treasure guarded by dwarves and giants, an Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites, and a cloak of invisibility. Cyril Edwards' prose translation is accurate and accessible and captures the poem's epic qualities

  • Paperback, 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (April 15, 2010)
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches

Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen

Conceived and written over a period of more than 25 years, Wagner’s Ring cycle is an epic musical journey of four operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Its story of gods, dwarves, and men and the quest for an all-powerful ring was inspired by many sources, including 13th-century Icelandic writings and the medieval German Nibelungenlied. The complete cycle was first seen at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

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