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Nibelungenlied - Adventure 31, How the Knights Went to Church Summary & Analysis

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As morning dawns, Hagen rouses the sleeping warrior band who begins to dress for morning mass. Seeing the men dressed in their finery, Hagen counsels them to put off such fancy garb and outfit themselves for battle. Hagen reminds the knights of Kriemhild's attempted treachery during the night, and suggests that they all be on guard, even at church. When King Etzel sees Gunther's men thus arrayed, he asks what could have caused them to be on guard in his household. Hagen diverts the question by explaining that their custom is to remain dressed for battle for three days when visiting a strange land in case any ill should befall them. Since Hagen has not revealed Kriemhild's thwarted plan to her husband, she refrains from saying anything in reply. Hagen and Folker stand at the church door and refuse to move aside even an inch as Kriemhild walks past. The...

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