3. Kriemhild’s Dream

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Far down south in Burgundy there was a beautiful princess.

Have you ever eaten beef cooked in a burgundy sauce?

The name of the princess was Kriemhild. She was kind and virtuous and very beautiful.

Is beauty more important than intelligence?

Kriemhild was ready to marry but she did not have a husband. She was waiting for the right man.

Did she look forward to marriage?

One night she had a strange dream.

Are you a daydreamer?


In her dream two eagles killed a falcon.

Are there eagles in your country?

She told her mother about the dream. Her mother said the dream had a meaning.

What do you think it meant?

Her mother said it meant that her husband would die a violent death.

Is violent crime a problem in your city?

Kriemhild decided not to marry. She did not want her husband to die a violent death.

Does everybody die?

She did not want to become a widow. She tried to foil the prophecy.

Is it possible to cheat fate?

She renounced marriage. She promised never to marry.

Would you have done the same thing if you were in her situation?

In those days there was no internet dating and there were no computers. People talked to each other and got their news directly from other people by talking. Siegfried heard about Kriemhild. He heard about her and she heard about him.

Is love the strongest power in the universe?

As soon as he heard her name, Siegfried fell in love with Kriemhild. He imagined that her skin was like milk and her name was “Cream”.

Is cream fattening?

She was “beauty” personified.

Are you a beautician?

She was the most beautiful woman in the world.

At what age does a girl become a woman?

She was the only one for him.

Do you believe in fate?

He was totally infatuated with her.

What is the difference between love and infatuation?

He could not get her out of his mind.

Do you mind if I open the window?

He was smitten. Totally smitten. He was absolutely totally head over heels in love with her, although he had never met her.

Are you wearing high heels?

That is right. He was in love with her but he had never met her.

Does that surprise you?

Kriemhild was also in love with Siegfried. She had promised never to marry but in her heart there was still love.

Had she been in love before?

In her mind she had formed the image of the perfect man and that man was Siegfried. Everything she had heard about him was perfect. He was brave. He was strong. He was loyal.

Which is more important to you, bravery, strength or loyalty?

He was handsome. He was quiet. He was diligent.

Of those three, which is the most important to you?

He was modest. He was kind. He was tolerant.

Which of those three would you rank as most important?

He was wise. He was funny. He was perfect.

Do you believe in the possibility of perfection?

Everything was perfect. Everything about him was perfect. It was perfect.

Is god perfect?

She was in love with him. She was in love with him but she had promised never to marry.

Are you married?

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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