Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Der Wunderer

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Der Wunderer

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Der Wunderer, ed. Florian Kragl, Texte und Studien zur mittelhochdeutschen Heldenepik 9 (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2015). xxiv + 106 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-040015-1. euro59.95. Der Wunderer, best known in the version of 215 Middle High German four-line strophes, is the tale of how a beautiful maiden with wonderful powers arrives at King Etzel's court seeking protection from a villainous knight to whom she had been betrothed as a child. This is 'der Wunderer', who has been pursuing her, threatening to murder and to eat her. In the course of a series of complex dialogues, Etzel and Rüdiger dodge what might seem their obligation to fight on behalf of the maiden, and it falls to Dietrich, when the Wunderer arrives, to engage with him in single combat, verbal and at arms. The Wunderer is killed and the thankful maiden reveals herself to be Frau Sælde. The text can loosely be classified as 'the last of the Dietrich epics' (although it is certainly not an epic). …

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