a Middle High German epic of c1200, related to the Scandinavian Volsunga Saga and telling of the life of Siegfried, his marriage to Kriemhild, his wooing of Brunhild on behalf of Gunther, his murder by Hagen, and the revenge of Kriemhild.
Ger. epic poem of 13c., lit. "song of the Nibelungs," a race of dwarves who lived in Norway and owned a hoard of gold and a magic ring, lit. "children of the mist," related to O.H.G. nebul "mist, darkness," O.E. nifol (see nebula).