Krimhild

German - A princess of Burgundy. Daughter of Dankrat and Ute. Sister of Gernot, Giselher and Gunther. Wife of Siegfried. Mother of Gunther. Mother of Hagen by Alberich, some say. She is the Nibelungenlied version of Grimhild. She fell in love with Siegfried when he came to the court of her brother, Gunther, to help him defeat the invading armies of Ludegar the Saxon and Ludegast of Denmark. When Gunther married Brunhild, Krimhild married Siegfried and later Gunther invited the young couple to his court where the two ladies had a furious quarrel. Krimhild foolishly told Hagen, who was angry at the perceived insult to Brunhild, that the only vulnerable spot on Siegfried's body was just between his shoulder-blades and, when Siegfried made a further visit to the court to help Gunther repel a purported invasion, he was killed by Hagen who speared him in the back. When the dead body of Siegfried bled where Hagen touched it at the funeral, she knew that he was her husband's murderer and plotted revenge. She persuaded Gunther to claim the Nibelung treasure that Siegfried had won when he killed the dragon Fafnir, but the hoard was seized by Hagen who sank it in the Rhine for safety. Krimhild later married Etzel, king of the Huns, and bore a son, Ortlieb, but kept alive her loathing for Hagen. She persuaded Etzel to invite Gunther and his nobles to his court and then bribed Brodelin, Etzel's brother, to kill all the Burgundians. When the first attack left some of the visitors alive, she burned down the hall where they still held out. She forced Rudiger to attack them and many were slaughtered on each side, including Gernot and Rudiger. In the end, only Gunther and Hagen remained alive and they were captured. She had Gunther beheaded and used his severed head to try to force Hagen to disclose where in the Rhine he had hidden the Nibelung treasure. When he refused, she killed him. Her wanton cruelty so enraged Hildebrand who was present at the murder that he drew his sword and killed her. In Thidrekssaga, it was Thidrek (Dietrich von Bern) who killed her by cutting her in half with his sword. In some references, referred to as Krimhild, Chriemhild, Chriemhild, Grimhild, Grimhild, Griemhild, Grimilld, Gudrun, Gudrun, Cha(u)trun, Gudr(unn), Gurthr, Gutrun(e), Kudrun, Kreimhild, Kreimhild, Kriemhild, Kriemhild, Krimhilt, Krimhilt, Chreimhild, Chreimhild, Norse Gudrun or Norse Gudrun.

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