The dwarf who was the Lord Treasurer of the Nibelung dynasty. When Siegfried conquered the Nibelung brothers, he took his magic cloak of invisibility and made Alberich Lord Treasurer of the Nibelung treasure.
Hagen and Dancwart's father.
This is the name of Dietrich's dynasty. It applies to his vassals as well.
One of the lords of Melk.
Attila the Hun
The name of Siegfried's sword. In heroic legends, swords were often given names. After Siegfried's death, Hagen steals Balmung. When Hagen is captured at the end of the epic, Kriemhild uses the sword to kill Hagen.
Etzel's brother. Dancwart kills him in battle in Chapter 32.
The Queen of Iceland, a beautiful maiden of almost superhuman strength. Gunther, king of the Burgundians, travels to Iceland to win her hand in marriage. He must perform certain acts of strength and skill in order to marry the Queen. His friend Siegfried helps him perform these tasks while wearing the magic cloak of invisibility, so it appears as if Gunther is acting alone. Siegfried also helps Gunther subdue Brunhild and possess her sexually after they are married (again hidden in the magic cloak), which brings about the loss of her extraordinary strength. Brunhild is not aware of Siegfried's...
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