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see GudrunGudrun
or Kudrun
, in Germanic literature. 1 Heroine of the Icelandic epic, the Volsungasaga. 2 Heroine and title person of an anonymous Middle High German epic written shortly after and strongly influenced by the Nibelungenlied (see under Nibelungen).
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So, Koch continues, the epic-heroic elements in a transitional work like Kudrun where the Held is the vanquisher of dragons would stand in conflict with the courtly elements were it not for the way the world is narratively modified so that the new (Christian-courtly) context can be integrated.
(13) The Old High German Kudrun is a legendary story of the same circle as Thidrekssaga.
THE epic of Kudrun, the written form of which probably dates from the first half of the thirteenth century, survives only in the early sixteenth-century Ambraser Heldenbuch.
The last chapter presents another anomaly: the figure of Kudrun. This powerful figure cannot be a hero, because even Murdoch's updated definition does not stretch to including a woman.