By Mary Esther Miller MacGregor
Siegfried is the important personality during this legend, skillfully tailored from the Nibelung, an previous German poem, filled with unusual adventures of tiny dwarves and stalwart mortals. during this retelling of the traditional legend, Siegfried wins the accursed Rhineland treasure, takes Kriemhild as bride, and is derived to an premature finish, passing the curse of the Rhinegold directly to his enemies. appropriate for a long time eight and up.
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Well rewarded indeed was the squire for his joyous tidings, for the Princess gave him costly raiment and ten gold coins as well. Ere many more days had passed away there came the tramp of armed men along the banks of the great Rhine river. The troops were coming home. Then to the windows of the castle rushed the maidens, and among them was the beautiful Princess, and together they watched as the warriors rode through the streets of the royal city. King Gunther himself went forth to welcome his troops, and to thank the young hero who had so gallantly saved the realm of Burgundy from invasion.
Now Ludeger had seen how Siegfried swung his good sword Balmung, and how he cleft in twain the helmet of many of the toughest warriors in the Saxon army, and his heart was filled with rage. He knew also that his brother Ludegast had been taken captive by this same bold Prince. Thus it was that when Siegfried stood before his royal foe, the onslaught of the King was more violent than the hero had expected. So violent was it that the Prince's war-horse staggered and well-nigh fell. With a mighty effort, the steed recovered from the shock, but the rage of the hero was terrible.
Whether Siegfried sent Gana back to Isenland or not I do not know, but I know that in the days to come Queen Brunhild never forgave the hero for his daring feat. When the Prince had left Isenland he rode on and on until he came to a great mountain. Here near a cave he found two little dwarfish Nibelungs, surrounded by twelve foolish giants. The two little Nibelungs were princes, the giants were their counsellors. Now the King of the Nibelungs had but just died in the dark little underground town of Nibelheim, and the two tiny princes were the sons of the dead king.