Siegfried the Dragon Slayer – text

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In the north of Europe there was a great warrior. His name was Siegfried. He came from the low countries.

Have you ever been to Belgium or the Netherlands?

Siegfried was a beautiful young man.

Is the truth always beautiful?

He had long hair and fair skin and a brave heart.

Is courage important?

He was very strong and brave but he was not arrogant.

Arrogance is distasteful, isn’t it?

He was quiet and modest in his personal manner.

Are you loud and boastful in your personal manner?

Siegfried was not a braggart. He did not boast. He did not boast and yet he was the best of men.

Is your boss a braggart?

Siegfried was the wisest and the strongest and the best looking.

Is being good-looking important?

He was also the most honest and the kindest.

Which do you value more, honesty or kindness?

Siegfried had a lot going for him. He had a strong sense of fair-play and he was loyal and he had a good sense of humour too.

Do you know any funny jokes?

In many ways Siegfried was the perfect man. He lacked one thing. He did not have a wife. He was lonely.

Do you suffer from loneliness?

Siegfried had many adventures.

Are you an adventurous person?

He fought many knights.

What did you do last night?

Siegfried was always the winner.

Are you very competitive by nature?

He killed a dragon.

Do you know the story of St George and the Dragon?

Everybody knew about Siegfried. He was famous. Everybody had heard about him. His strength and his wisdom and his kindness and tolerance and good nature were famous. He was known as the best of men. He was a real hero.

Is your sister good-natured?

Siegfried travelled around Europe and had many experiences. He always learned from his experiences. He was a good student of life.

Have you learned more from “the university of life” than from school?

While he was traveling in the mountains Siegfried came upon two brothers. They were arguing. They lived in a cave.

Have you ever slept in a cave?

It was full of gold. Siegfried looked inside. He saw the immense hoard of gold. He listened to the brothers.

Did they stop arguing?

The two dwarf brothers attacked Siegfried. He fought them. He defeated them both.

Did he fight them both at the same time or first one and then the other?

After he defeated the two brothers he became the king of the dwarves. The dwarves were called “the Nibelungs” and they were his servants. All of their gold belonged to him. He was rich beyond his wildest dreams.

Does wealth come only from gold and silver?

Are you wearing any gold jewelery at the moment?

Siegfried was wise and strong and handsome and he was also rich and he had a great sense of humour but he was still lonely. He did not have a wife. He did not have a mate. His heart longed for the love of a woman.

Are you lonesome tonight?

Do you feel alright?

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The Story of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer and of his Beautiful Wife, Kriemhild and of his Tragic Murder and of her Terrible Revenge

Title Page
1. Nibelung’s Gold
2. Siegfried the Dragon Slayer
3. Kriemhild’s Dream
4. Siegfried’s Trip to Worms
5. The Plan to win the Hand of Bruenhild
6. Bruenhild’s Suspicion
7. Hagen’s Plan
8. Kriemhild’s Revenge
9. Epilogue : The Gold at the Bottom of the River and the Ring of Power

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