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Gunther

[guhn-ther for 1, 3; goo n-ter for 2] /ˈgʌn θər for 1, 3; ˈgʊn tər for 2/
noun
1.
John, 1901–1970, U.S. journalist and author.
2.
(in the Nibelungenlied) a king of Burgundy and the husband of Brunhild, beheaded by Kriemhild in her revenge for the murder of Siegfried.
Compare Gunnar.
3.
a male given name.
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  • Kriemhild promised to obey his instructions, and Hagen departed, well pleased, to carry the news to Gunther.

  • King Gunther receives the fair Recken into his service as a vassal.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
  • For even in his injured pride Gunther feels that he has had a share in what Siegfried has done.

  • In this sense the historic Gunther and Attila are necessary to the Niblung story.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • But Hagen and King Gunther, who also wished to run, stripped off their upper garments, that they might run more lightly.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
British Dictionary definitions for Gunther

Gunther

/ˈɡʊntə/
noun
1.
(in the Nibelungenlied) a king of Burgundy, allied with Siegfried, who won for him his wife Brunhild. He corresponds to Gunnar in Norse mythology
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Word Origin and History for Gunther

also Gunter, masc. proper name, Old High German Gundhard, literally "bold in war," from gund "war" (see gun) + hart "hard, strong, bold" (see hard).

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