What Was Gunther And Siegfried`s Agreement

I do not know what happened next. This is where the history of the last state of the Nibelungen ends. The depiction of Kriemhild, especially in the first half of the idyll, as a courteous lady is probably an invention of the poet Nibelungenlied. Previously (and much later) of Kriemhild outside of the Nibelungenlian song, they present them as power-obsessed and point out their betrayal of their brothers and not their love for their husbands as their motivation to betray them. [62] The poet still uses images of this traditional image, but given the new motivation of the kriemhild of the poem, their meaning has changed. If Kriemhild, for example, asks Hagen to return what he took from her, a traditional motif known in the Nordic versions, she might think of the stolen refuge, but she might also mean her murdered husband. Hagen, much like him, asks that Gunther be killed first before revealing the location of the watchmaker, although the refuge is at the foot of the Rhine and cannot be found, reveals Kriemhild`s unprespositability while showing his own duplicity. We don`t know what the right number is and which one is in the wrong. Kriemhild then addressed Hagen: „What did you bring me from the Rhine? Where is the treasure of the Nibelungen? It`s rightly mine. That`s what you should have done here! With the exception of Hagen and Gunther, tied up and imprisoned by Dietrich de Berne, all Burgundies were killed. Kriemhild has the men brought before him and orders their brother Gunther to be killed. Even after seeing Gunther`s head, Hagen refuses to tell the queen what he did with Nibelungen`s treasure. Angry, Kriemhild himself cuts off Hagen`s head.

Old Hildebrand, Dietrich of Bern`s mentor, is furious at the shameful death of Burgundy guests. He disassembles Kriemhild with his sword. In a 15th-century manuscript, he would have put a single blow to Kriemhild`s waist; But she feels no pain and declares that her sword is useless. Hildebrand drops a ring and orders Kriemhild to retrieve it. When she bends over, her body falls apart. Dietrich and Etzel and all the inhabitants of the Court complain about the death of so many heroes. Hagen then went to Kriemhild to find out if Siegfried had a weakness. Kriemhild, who knew nothing of his brother`s traitor, revealed that Siegfried`s only weakness was a small area on the hero`s back, between the shoulder blades. Hagen lied to him and said he would protect her husband in battle. Kriemhild, reassured by Hagen`s words, told the villain that she sewed a bandage on Siegfried`s tunic so that Hagen would know what surface she should protect. Hagen continued to tell what he knew about Siegfried: „Moreover, the great hero struck a dragon and bathed in his blood, which made him invincible against all weapons.