[goo d-roon]


(in the Volsunga Saga) the daughter of the king of the Nibelungs.

Compare Kriemhild.

Origin of Gudrun

Old Norse Guthrun, equivalent to gunn(r), guth(r) battle + -rún feminine noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gudrun

Historical Examples of gudrun

  • Gudrun stirred up her sons, Sorli and Hamther, to go and avenge their sister.

  • It began with the slaying of Swanhild, the wrong to Gudrun—this part is lost.

  • This also is like the story of Hengest and the story of Gudrun in the way the action is proportioned.

  • It is love for Sigurd, and jealousy of Gudrun, that form the motive of Brynhild.

  • In all three it is Attila who brings about the death of the brothers of Gudrun.

British Dictionary definitions for gudrun


Guthrun (ˈɡʊðruːn) or Kudrun (ˈkʊdruːn)


Norse myth the wife of Sigurd and, after his death, of Atli, whom she slew for his murder of her brother Gunnar. She corresponds to Kriemhild in the Nibelungenlied
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