The Heliand uses the epic phrases of popular poetry: they reappear three centuries later in the Nibelungenlied.
The Nibelungenlied has been attributed to two or three writers instead of one.
The author or authors of the Nibelungenlied, therefore, must have followed a different tradition.
Now the Nibelungenlied says nothing of a relationship of this kind.
Of the first of these conditions, the "Nibelungenlied" in its character of an epic of the Middle Ages has not kept a trace.
Hence there is almost no religion in the Iliad or the Nibelungenlied.
We see from this account that the Volsunga Saga presents in many respects an older form of the Nibelungenlied story.
Homer, too, is in general buoyant, the Nibelungenlied is sombre and stern.
The situation in the Nibelungenlied is more satisfactorily explained by the theory that they were originally identical.
This great battle is pictured with great power in the "Nibelungenlied."
German epic poem of 13c., literally "song of the Nibelungs," a race of dwarves who lived in Norway and owned a hoard of gold and a magic ring, literally "children of the mist," related to Old High German nebul "mist, darkness," Old English nifol (see nebula).