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Nibelungenlied - Study Guide Adventure 4, How Siegfried Fought with the Saxons Summary & Analysis

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Messengers sent by King Gunther's enemies bring him distressing news. King Ludeger of the Saxons and King Ludegast of Denmark have joined and now march towards Gunther's land. Gunther must either gather an army to face them or agree to a treaty. The king sends for Hagen and Gernot to advise his course of action. Gernot is ready and eager to fight, while Hagen cautions against rashness and suggests they tell Siegfried.

Gunther is reluctant to share the news with Siegfried, saying that this is something told only to bosom friends. Insulted by Gunther's remark, Siegfried says that if Gunther is in need of a friend then he will find none truer than Siegfried. When Gunther relents and tells Siegfried his troubles, the hero pledges to face thirty thousand of the enemies with only one...

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