Written by an unknown author in the twelfth century, this powerful tale of murder and revenge reaches back to the earliest
epochs of German antiquity, transforming centuries-old legend into a masterpiece of chivalric drama. Siegfried, a great prince
of the Netherlands, wins the hand of the beautiful princess Kriemhild of Burgundy, by aiding her brother Gunther in his struggle
to seduce a powerful Icelandic Queen. But the two women quarrel, and Siegfried is ultimately destroyed by those he trusts
the most. Comparable in scope to the Iliad, this skilfully crafted work combines the fragments of half-forgotten myths to
create one of the greatest epic poems - the principal version of the heroic legends used by Richard Wagner, in The Ring.