6. Bruenhild’s Suspicion

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After the first night, making love was not the same for Bruenhild.
It always seemed different.

She did not understand why.
She did not understand why Siegfried was married to Kriemhild and she did not understand why her husband was not the same as on the first night.

Is Vegemite the same as Marmite?

She came up with a plan. She invited Kriemhild and Siegfried to Worms for a feast.

What are the three most important festivals in your calendar?

When it was time to enter the cathedral Bruenhild told Kriemhild that she must follow as she was of inferior social rank.

Is there a cathedral in your city?

Kriemhild insisted that she was the sister of the King and therefore equal in status to the Queen.

Does your sister insist on equality?

Bruenhild became angry.

Can anger be compared to a dark cloud?

She asked Kriemhild why she was married to her social inferior. Kriemhild said that Siegfried was not her social inferior.

Do you think leather is inferior to plastic?

Then she told Bruenhild that she, Bruenhild, was really Siegfried’s concubine or secondary wife.

Is there a lot of secondary or manufacturing industry in your city?

She told her that Siegfried had deflowered her on the first night using the cloak of invisibility, although she did not know it.

What flower is in season in your garden right now?

And so Bruenhild was in fact lower in status than Kriemhild.

Which is lower, the Netherlands or the Dead Sea?

It was completely wrong. It was completely the other way around. Bruenhild had it completely wrong. She had it completely the other way around.

Have you ever gotten things completely wrong?

Then Kriemhild showed Bruenhild the belt which Siegfried had given her.

Are you wearing a leather belt right now?

This proved everything in Bruenhild’s mind. It proved that Gunther was a scoundrel.

You are not a scoundrel, are you?

Bruenhild was furious. She was livid. She was brimming with anger. In a rage she attacked her husband.

Do you get violent when you are angry?

Everybody was very upset. Hagen blamed everything on Siegfried. He said they should kill Siegfried.

Hagen is a very cunning opportunist, isn’t he?

Gunther insisted that Siegfried was a good friend. Hagen insisted that Siegfried was a threat. He was a threat to the marriage of Gunther and Bruenhild. He was a threat to the marriage of the king and queen. He was therefore a threat to the stability of the kingdom. Goethe and Floete agreed. Finally Gunther gave in and agreed to the plan.

Are you sometimes weak-willed?

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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