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[et-suh l] /ˈɛt səl/
noun, German Legend.
Attila: represented in the Nibelungenlied as the second husband of Kriemhild after the death of Siegfried.
Compare Atli. Unabridged
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  • What then awaited her at the old castle above the church at Etzel?

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • By train to the foot of the mountains, and then on foot for the ten miles to Etzel.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Straightway the thanes of Etzel / ready stood her hest to do.

  • What might it boot to Etzel / that we strangers all lay dead.

  • At length grew angry Etzel, / that stillness was so long within.

  • At turn of sun in summer / were the knights arrived At mighty Etzel's palace.

  • Came then the mighty Etzel / and sought to bring the strife to end.

  • To hear such words brave Etzel / snatched in haste his shield.

  • Then the battle began to rage again, until all Etzel's men were slain.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld
  • Etzel's castle, as far as I remember, is not represented as connected with any town.

British Dictionary definitions for Etzel


(German legend) a great king who, according to the Nibelungenlied, was the second husband of Kriemhild after the death of Siegfried: identified with Attila the Hun Compare Atli
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