The Germanic medieval folks epic Gudrun, generally known as Kudrun, was most likely written at first of the thirteenth century and was possible primarily based on earlier folks tales. The story takes place over the course of a number of generations and has many acquainted themes which can be attention-grabbing to folklorists and helpful to storytellers.
Hagen and the Princesses
The story begins with the story of Hagan, a king’s son who was carried off at seven years of age by a grifﬁn—a creature with the top and wings of an eagle and the physique and tail of a lion—that meant to feed the boy to its chicks. The boy escaped by falling out of the nest when the grifﬁn’s chicks had been ﬁghting over their dinner.
Hungry and frantically dodging the mom grifﬁn, Hagen discovered shelter in a cave with three princesses who additionally had escaped the grifﬁn. The small group began dwelling, foraging for food. They ultimately stumbled on a ship that had been wrecked in a storm. Hagen investigated and found armor and a sword on the ship. With this, he killed all of the grifﬁns.
A ship belonging to the Count of Garadie discovered the 4 younger people and took them on board. The rely had plans to maintain the group for ransom. Furious, Hagen beat off the rely’s warriors and threatened the rely. He yielded and took Hagen and the princesses dwelling.
Hagen was reunited along with his mother and father, who additionally took the three princesses underneath their safety. Hagen’s father determined to abdicate, and Hagen, married to one of many princesses, Hilde (or Hilda), grew to become king.
The daughter of Hagen and Hilde was additionally named Hilde. She grew into such a beautiful younger girl that Hagen actually had to ﬁght off all suitors, refusing to settle for any of them for his daughter.
King Hetel heard of younger Hilde’s magnificence and despatched an envoy to win her. In the envoy had been his trusted minstrel, Horant, and his chief warrior, Wate. After listening to Horant’s song, Hilde agreed to meet Wate and Horant at their ship, and she or he was promptly carried off.
The outraged Hagen pursued Hetel and challenged him. Hilde pleaded with them to cease ﬁghting, and Hetel, in love with Hilde, lay down his arms. Hagen, impressed that Hetel had risked his life for love of Hilde, accepted Hetel as Hilde’s husband.
The Third Generation
The daughter of Hilde and Hetel, Hagen’s granddaughter, Gudrun, was much more stunning than her mom and was wooed by many suitors. The major suitors had been King Herwig, King Hartmut, and the Moorish King Siegfried. Hetel refused all three, however Gudrun appreciated Herwig. A battle ensued between Hetel and Herwig, however when Hetel noticed how courageous and decided Herwig was, he accepted him because the one to declare Hilde’s hand.
Jealous Siegfried then attacked Herwig, however Hetel and his military got here to Herwig’s assist. In Hetel’s absence, the third suitor, Hartmut, tried to win Gudrun, however she refused him. In spite of her protests, Hartmut carried her off. When Gudrun’s father realized of this, he set out in pursuit however was slain by Ludwig, Hartmut’s father.
Hartmut introduced Gudrun dwelling with him and tried to get her to marry him. His mom, Queen Gerlint, determined to break her spirit. Gudrun was handled like a lowly servant, crushed, and stored imprisoned. Yet she continued to refuse Hartmut’s advances.
Meanwhile, Herwig and the widowed Hilde organized a military and set out to rescue Gudrun. In an ideal battle, Herwig killed Ludwig, avenging Hetel. The terriﬁed Queen Gerlint, realizing that her foes had taken her fort, ﬂed toGudrun and begged for mercy. But Wate, Hetel’s true-hearted warrior, beheaded Gerlint.
Herwig and Gudrun had been reunited, and he returned her safely again to her mom. Hartmut’s life was spared, and he ﬂed the nation. In the tip, Herwig and Gudrun had been joyously married.