Atli

Norse - King of the Huns. Son of Budli. Brother of Brunhild. Husband of Gudrun. Father of Eitel and Erp. Some say that Atli is Attila, the 5th C leader of the Huns. In the Nibelungenlied he is called Etzel. When Brunhild died in the flames of Sigurd's funeral pyre, Atli demanded compensation from her husband Gunnar, who offered him his widowed sister, Gudrun, as a wife. She detested Atli but she was given a potion that made her agree to marry him; they had two sons, Eitel and Erp. Atli coveted the treasures of the Niblungs and planned to kill them in order to lay his hands on it, so he sent his servant, Knefrud, to invite them to his court. Despite a warning from Gudrun and others, Gunnar accepted but took the precaution of burying the gold in the bed of the Rhine where it was guarded by the three Rhinemaidens. Atli ambushed the party at his palace and killed all of them except Gunnar and Hogni who, having killed Knefrud amongst others, were captured and tortured. Atli had Hogni's heart cut out and shown to Gunnar but he still refused to reveal the hiding place of the gold even when he was thrown into a snake pit where he was bitten to death. At the banquet after the battle, Gudrun killed her young sons and served their hearts and blood to Atli and his guests. She then killed her husband, either with Sigurd's sword or, in another story, by burning down the palace and all in it, including herself. Occasionally referred to as Atli, Etzel, Etzel, Atli, Attila, Thor, Thor, Akethor, Hurler, Red Beard, sacred plants, Ake-Thor, Aku-Thor, Hercules Barbatus, Hlorridi, Oku-Thor, Thunderer, Vingthor, Anglo-Saxon Thunor, German Dietrich, Donar, LappHoragalles, Norman Thur, Saxon Thuna(e)r, ThunorSlav Perenu, Hafra-drottin, Reidartyr or Valdi Kjola.
Norse - A name of Thor as 'grandfather'. Occasionally known as Atli, Etzel, Etzel, Atli, Attila, Thor, Thor, Akethor, Hurler, Red Beard, sacred plants, Ake-Thor, Aku-Thor, Hercules Barbatus, Hlorridi, Oku-Thor, Thunderer, Vingthor, Anglo-Saxon Thunor, German Dietrich, Donar, LappHoragalles, Norman Thur, Saxon Thuna(e)r, ThunorSlav Perenu, Hafra-drottin, Reidartyr or Valdi Kjola.

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