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Siegfried
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Characters From Norse Mythology
Cause of Death: Stabbed in the back
Occupation: Prince, Warrior
Parents: Siegmund and Sieglind
Spouse: Kriemheld (aka Gudrun) or Brunhild, depending on which myth
Children: Gunther, Siegmund
Relatives: Wotan (grandfather)
Turtledove Appearances:
"The Catcher in the Rhine"
Fantasy Pastiche
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Siegfried was a hero of Norse and German mythology. His Norse counterpart is Sigurd. In German myth, Siegfried was a dragon slayer who bathed in the blood of his kill, becoming (nearly) invulnerable as a result. Using an invisibility cloak, he helped his brother Gunther in wooing Brunhild. He is ultimately killed by a vengeful courtier.

Siegfried is thought to be based on an amalgam of several historical figures, including Arminius.

Brunhild had presumed that Siegfried would be the one who would brave the ring of fire that imprisoned her. Instead, a young American from the future, whose name sounded like "Hagen Kriemheld", was able to waken her, with the help of Regin Fafnirsbruder. The young man did not want to marry her, so she returned to her prison to await Siegfried.[1]

References

  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 134-141, HC.
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