Gudrun

Gudrun

[good-roon]
noun
(in the Volsunga Saga ) the daughter of the king of the Nibelungs.
Compare Kriemhild.


Origin:
Old Norse Guthrun, equivalent to gunn(r), guth(r) battle + -rún feminine noun suffix

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Gudrun, Guthrun or Kudrun (ˈɡʊdruːn, ˈɡʊðruːn, ˈkʊdruːn)
 
n
Norse myth the wife of Sigurd and, after his death, of Atli, whom she slew for his murder of her brother Gunnar. She corresponds to Kriemhild in the Nibelungenlied
 
Guthrun, Guthrun or Kudrun
 
n
 
Kudrun, Guthrun or Kudrun
 
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gudrun

heroine of several Old Norse legends whose principal theme is revenge. She is the sister of Gunnar and wife of Sigurd (Siegfried) and, after Sigurd's death, of Atli. Her sufferings as a wife, sister, and mother are the unifying elements of several poems. The counterpart of Kriemhild in the Nibelungenlied, she sometimes is erroneously confused with the heroine of the Middle High German romance Gudrun Lied, an independent Baltic-coast legend of an abduction that ends happily with a rescue and the lovers' reunion. See also Atli, Lay of; Kriemhild.

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