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[nee-buh-loo ng-uh n-leet]
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  1. a Middle High German epic of c1200, related to the Scandinavian Volsunga Saga and telling of the life of Siegfried, his marriage to Kriemhild, his wooing of Brunhild on behalf of Gunther, his murder by Hagen, and the revenge of Kriemhild.

Origin of Nibelungenlied

From German; see origin at Nibelung, lied2
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  • The Nibelungenlied has been attributed to two or three writers instead of one.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • From this chapter on, the incidents follow the story in the Nibelungenlied.

  • Let us now consider briefly the history of the Nibelungenlied.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • On both these occasions the Nibelungenlied mentions also a girdle.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • Now the Nibelungenlied says nothing of a relationship of this kind.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for nibelungenlied


  1. a medieval High German heroic epic of unknown authorship based on German history and legend and written about 1200

Word Origin

literally: song of the Nibelungs
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Word Origin and History for nibelungenlied



German epic poem of 13c., literally "song of the Nibelungs," a race of dwarves who lived in Norway and owned a hoard of gold and a magic ring, literally "children of the mist," related to Old High German nebul "mist, darkness," Old English nifol (see nebula).

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