Brunhild


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Brunhild

(bro͞on`hĭld),

Brünnehilde

(brün'əhĭld`ə), or

Brynhild

(brĭn`hĭld), mighty female warrior of Germanic mythology and literature. In the Nibelungenlied, a medieval German epic poem (see under NibelungenNibelungen
or Nibelungs,
in Germanic myth and literature, an evil family possessing a magic hoard of gold. The hoard is accursed. The Nibelungenlied [song of the Nibelungen] is a long Middle High German epic by a south German poet of the early 13th cent.
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), she is the warlike queen of Iceland, whom Siegfried defeats in combat and wins for his brother-in-law, Gunther. Hating Siegfried, Brunhild contrives his death at the hands of Gunther's henchman, Hagen. In the Icelandic version of the story, the Volsungasaga, as Brynhild, she is the chief of the Valkyries. Sigurd (Siegfried) saves her from an enchanted stronghold, and the two fall in love. Later, Gudrun makes him forget Brynhild by means of a magic potion and takes him as her husband; Sigurd then wins Brynhild for Gunnar (Gunther). After bringing about Sigurd's death, Brynhild destroys herself on his funeral pyre. Wagner in his opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelungs, in which she is Brünnehilde, makes her a Valkyrie who defies her father, the god Wotan (see WodenWoden
, Norse Odin
, in Germanic religion and mythology, the supreme god. His cult, although widespread among the Germanic tribes, was sometimes subordinated to that of his son Thor.
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), to help the lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde. Wotan places her sleeping on a mountaintop surrounded by fire, from which she is rescued by Siegfried. He is made by magic to forget her, and for his unfaithfulness she brings about his death, her own death on his pyre, and the burning of Valhalla.

Brunhild

furiously vengeful concerning Kriemhild’s accusations of promiscuity. [Ger. Lit.: Nibelungenlied]
See: Anger

Brunhild

outdone in athletic competition by Gunther with invisible assistance. [Ger. Myth.: Nibelungenlied]
See: Deceit

Brunhild

disobeys father’s order to let Siegmund die. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Valkyrie, Westerman, 237]
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In diesem Sinne kann in Hebbels Nibelungen Brunhilds Motivierung, Siegfried toten zu lassen, verstanden werden, denn Siegfried hatte sie mehrere Male betrogen, und in dem Streit der beiden Koniginnen nennt Kriemhild Brunhild das "Kebsweib meines Gatten" (130), sodass nicht nur Brunhild, sondern auch ihre Umgebung jetzt die Wahrheit erfahrt.
Trotz des Hasses und des Vernichtungswillens lieben Brunhild und Ciaire ihre Erstgeliebten immer noch, und diese Liebe endet nicht mit ihrem Tod, sondern geht uber den Tod hinaus.
A great rivalry develops between the women; Kriemhild takes revenge by telling Brunhild the true story of her wedding night.
King Gunther, wanting to marry Brunhild, Wotan's daughter, told Siegfried that if he would help him win Brunhild then he might wed Kriemhild.
Brunhild or Brunhild or Brynhild also called Brunhilda or BrunhildeA beautiful Amazonlike princess in ancient Germanic heroic literature, known from Old Norse sources (the Eddic poems and the Volsunga saga) and from the Nibelungenlied in German.
Sigurd rides through on his magic horse, but takes on Gunnar's appearance while winning Brunhild 's promise of marriage.
Both Brunhild and Kriemhild are shown to be isolated; they are not integrated into the broader social network of friendship and loyalty ties in the way the men are.
The most familiar image of the Valkyrie is the Brunhild of the Volsunga Saga and Wagner 's Ring des Nibelungen; they no longer are the bloodthirsty creatures of Old Norse legend but rather lusty Amazonian virgins reputed to be the wisest of women.
In the 12th-13th-century German epic Nibelungenlied, Siegfried helps Gunther to win Brunhild and in return marries Gunther's sister Kriemhild.
Siegfried and Kriemhild are then married as promised, but Brunhild is suspicious.
Lisa is certainly not privy to the complaints of the bratwurst chomping Brunhilds while Lisa and Stefan waltze during their first evening together, yet the musicians are prominent in every shot that the music plays.