Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Nibelungenlied

"I don't care if it is a classic, this book irritated me. It's probably better in German, but the good guys lost... being old and famous has never been an excuse for depressing endings for me."

"Like Beowulf, El Mio Cid, and The Song of Roland, this epic poem is *meh* the older version of a shoot 'em up movie."

"My problem is, actually, with the story itself. Now, this tale is one of the best stories man ever told - you just wouldn't know it from reading Das Nibelungenlied. You see, this happens to be the Bavarian version of the brilliant Scandinavian epic Volsungsaga, and if you want to find out what that story's all about, I urge you to go read the Norse version. The Volsungsaga is timeless - the passions fly to unknowable heights, the gods walk among men, and the actors of the drama burn with an overpowering flame. Much like a Joy Division song, in that regard."

"I'm sick of all the snobs going on and on about what a great, classic epic this is. If this book were written today, it would never sell. The fact that it's old and now an esoteric topic makes people feel like they're a more astute reader for being able to talk about it. I wrote this kind of stuff when I was in 5th grade! The characters have very little depth, nothing is explained, and the view of character's nobility changes. In addition, this story was copied down by christian monks and therefore has a christian tilt to it, which further clouds the morals of the story. In summary, it's not good; it's just old. Want to read some really good fantasy? Read George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones. You won't be dissappointed."

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