tarnkappe

tarnkappe

cloak taken from the Nibelungs by Siegfried grants the wearer invisibility and strength. [Ger. Lit.: Nibelungenlied]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Heliodor unter der Tarnkappe: Zschorns Ubersetzung der Aithiopika (1559) im Kontext der Zeit.
They had brought out the Treasure from the cave where it usually lay; but how to part it was the difficulty; for, not to speak of gold, there were as many jewels alone "as twelve wagons in four days and nights, each going three journeys, could carry away"; nay, "however much you took from it, there was no diminution": besides, in real property, a Sword, Balmung, of great potency; a Divining-rod, "which gave power over every one"; and a Tarnkappe (or Cloak of Darkness).which not only rendered the wearer invisible, but also gave him twelve men's strength.
For example, in Das Nibelungenlied, Siegfried undergoes a heroic initiation in an otherworld where he finds the two princes, Schilbung and Nibelung who give him Nibelung's sword, Balmung as a reward for his help to divide their treasure (Aventiure 3 93), following which he ends up surviving a violent conflict against the princes, twelve giants, seven hundred warriors, and the dwarf Alberich (Aventiure 3 93-96) and consequently gains access to their hoard and the Tarnkappe, the cloak of invisibility.