In the beautiful city of Worms, in Burgundy, dwelt the maiden Kriemhild, surpassing all others in beauty.
Kriemhild's face was very happy; Brunhild's was dark and frowning.
Kriemhild promised to obey his instructions, and Hagen departed, well pleased, to carry the news to Gunther.
After his death the interest turns to Kriemhild planning for revenge.
Dietrich of Berne now took him by the hand and led him bound to where he found Kriemhild.
And he strode away, and took the keys from Kriemhild by force.
Protected by Rudiger, Kriemhild and Etzel escaped from the banquet hall.
Eke went there with Kriemhild / full many a fair and winsome maid.
Their shields in hand then took they, / as who perforce would make Their passage to the strangers / into Kriemhild's hall.
Anon the fairest Kriemhild / was the doughty Siegfried's wife.