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Song of the Nibelungs, a heroic poem from mediaeval Europe
Documentary heritage submitted by Germany and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2009.
Year of submission: 2008


The Nibelungenlied (the Song of the Nibelungs) is probably the most famous heroic poem in Middle High German. It is comparable with other world-famous epics such as the epic of Gilgamesh of Ancient Babylonia, the Mahabharata of Ancient India, or the Heike Monogatari in mediaeval Japan. It tells the story of dragon-slayer Siegfried from his childhood days and his marriage to Kriemhild to his murder and the subsequent story of Kriemhild's revenge, finally culminating in the extinction of the Burgundians or Nibelungs at the court of the Huns.


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          · Registered Heritage
          · Europe and North America
          · Germany
          · Memory of the World Register 2009