Saturday, May 02, 2009
Where is the Gnomes Hoard of Gold?
The Swiss gnomes large hoards of gold has captured my interest, and I am thinking where it could be hidden. I should be working just now, because a paying client of mine by the name of Dr Zonnenschein is very angry (I promised to finish his factory project a week ago). But pressure has the opposite effect on me, drawing my aatention irresistibly towards the gold hoard of the dwarves. Das ist der Weg des Kriegers. The track of the gnomes leads to the Nibelungen. In Das Lied vom Hürnen Seyfried ('The Song of Horny-skinned Siegfried'), the dwarf Nybling owns an immense hoard of gold, but Siegfried steals it and then meets King Gybich, his three sons Gunther, Hagen, and Gyrnot, and his daughter Kriemhild. When Kriemhild is abducted by a dragon, Siegfried rescues her and marries her. In the Saga as in real life, all the gold ends in the hands of Sigfried's widow, Kriemhild.
In the German saga (the Nibelungenlied), Siegfried fights for the gold against the dwarf Alberich. In the Norse version, the hoard originates from the dwarf Andvari, thence passes to Odin, and then to Hreidmar (Hreiðmarr), and then to Hreidmar's son Fáfnir who changes into dragon and from him to Sigurd (Old Norse: Sigurðr; German: Siegfried). Later Sigurd marries Gunnar's sister Grimhild. When Gunnar's bride Brynhild refuses to give up her virginity to him, Sigurd disguises himself as Gunnar and deflowers Brynhild, who is thereafter compliant with Gunnar. The story then starts to get complicated but in the end we learn that the Nibelungen live in Niflheim (Nyflung in Old Norse). In Wagner's operas Nibelungs always refers to the race of dwarfs. Wagner also mentions Tannhauser (nice painting). I'll research later where the gold is, but only after finishing off the lindwurm Zonnenschein's project.