German - Son of Sigeband. Husband of Hilde. Father of Hilde. At the age of seven, he was carried off by a griffin and lived for many years in a cave with three young girls who had likewise been abducted. These were Hildburg, Hilde and another princess. When the body of a soldier was thrown up by the sea, he took the armour and weapons from the corpse and killed the griffins and the four of them were rescued by a passing ship, only to find themselves in the hands of Count Garadie, an old enemy of Hagen's father. Hagen threw most of the crew overboard and compelled Garadie to take him to his father's court where he discovered that his father had died. He took the throne and married Hilde who bore him a daughter, also called Hilde. Sometimes called Hagen.
German - A Burgundian knight. Brother of Dankwart. Father of Aldrian and Hilda. In the Volsung Cycle he is Hogni. In the Nibelungenlied he kills Siegfried and is himself killed by Krimhild. The story goes that, on a visit to Gunther's court, Gunther's sister, Krimhild, quarrelled with Gunther's wife, Brunhild, and Hagen plotted to avenge the insult to Brunhild by killing Siegfried. He induced Gunther to invite Siegfried to the court on a later occasion on the pretext of requiring his help to repel an invasion. Hagen took the opportunity of the visit to kill Siegfried by stabbing him with a spear in the one point in the middle of his back where he was vulnerable. At Siegfried's funeral, Hagen touched the body which was lying in state and it started to bleed where he touched it, betraying him as the killer. Krimhild vowed vengeance and, when she married Etzel, she persuaded him to invite Gunther and his nobles to the court. On the journey, Hagen met two swan-maidens one of whom, Siegelinde, prophesied death. He also, using the name Amelrich, killed a ferryman and used his boat to cross a river. At Etzel's court, Brodelin was bribed by Krimhild to kill Gunther's party and Hagen, who escaped the first attack, killed Etzel's child, Ortlieb. After the Burgundians survived an attempt to burn down the hall in which they were besieged, they were again attacked by forces led by Rudiger. Only Gunther and Hagen escaped with their lives and both were taken prisoner and handed over to Krimhild. She beheaded her brother, Gunther, and used his severed head to try to force Hagen to reveal where in the Rhine he had hidden the Nibelung treasure. When he refused, she killed him. Another story says that, as a young boy, Hagen (here, Hagano) was handed over as a hostage by the king, Gibich, together with a tribute of gold, when Attila (Etzel) threatened to overrun his kingdom, since the king's own son, Gunther, was just a baby at the time. At the Hun's court, Hagen met another hostage, Walther, and they became lifelong friends. A third hostage was Hildegunde with whom Walther was in love. The boys were schooled in the arts of war by Attila and became great warriors. Hagen escaped and returned to Burgundy where Gunther had become king on the death of his father. Later, Walther and Hildegunde also escaped, taking with them much of the Hun's treasure and Gunther insisted that he and Hagen should find the fugitives, kill them and seize the treasure. In the ensuing fights, Walther killed all the warriors sent against him and finally met the two leaders. Gunther lost a leg and Hagen lost an eye in the encounter but they nevertheless became reconciled with Walther whose right hand had been cut off in the engagement. In the Wagnerian story of the Ring, Hagen plotted to get his hands on the Ring of Power and stabbed Siegfried in the back. When Brunhilde, dying on Siegfried's funeral pyre, threw the ring into the Rhine, the Rhine-maidens rose to claim it on a huge wave that drowned Hagen as he snatched at the ring. Some versions say that he was the son of Krimhild by Alberich. Sometimes known as Hagen.

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