Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das Eckenlied: Samtliche Fassungen

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das Eckenlied: Samtliche Fassungen

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Das Eckenlied: samtliche Fassungen, ed. Francis B. Brevart, Altdeutsche Textbibliothek III (Tubingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1999). 3 vols. Vol. I: 103 pp.; Vol. II: 112 pp.; Vol. III: 108 pp. ISBN 3-484-20211-4. DM 142.00.

The Eckenlied is one of a group of medieval German heroic epics concerning Dietrich von Bern that assumed written literary form in the course of the thirteenth century. Like a number of these other works it is transmitted in several versions whose critical analysis and interpretation have been hindered by the absence of a sufficiently comprehensive edition. This situation is set to improve greatly for the Eckenlied at least with the appearance of Francis Brevart's new edition in which one volume is devoted to each of the epic's three main versions or 'Fassungen' (E2; E7; e,) in synopsis with all of the relevant fragmentary manuscript material. The first volume, which contains the oldest known texts (including the Eckenlied-strophe that appears among the Carmina burana, and comparable sections from the Old Norse Pioriks saga (c. 1250) accompanied by a facing modern German translation), also features a detailed overview of the transmission of the Eckenlied (seven manuscripts, ranging from the early thirteenth to the second half of the fifteenth century; and at least eleven prints, the earliest of which appeared in 1491), a brief statement of methodological principle, and a relatively extensive bibliography. …

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