Synopses & Reviews
Rich collection of tales inspired by the mystery and romance of one of the most storied rivers in Europe — arranged to illustrate a journey along the Rhine from sea to source. Includes the Niebelungenlied, the greatest of German national epics; as well as legends of Odin, Brunhild, Venus and Tannhauser, and many more. 24 illustrations.
Richly illustrated collection of tales filled with the adventures of legendary characters: Odin, Brunhild, Venus and Tannhauser, Lorelei, Siegfried, Lohengrin and many more.
Steeped in mystery and romance, guarded by great medieval castles perched high above its broad waters, the Rhine is one of the most storied and evocative rivers in Europe. For this volume, noted mythologist Lewis Spence has combed through the abundant literature written about the Rhine and its legends and chosen a rich selection of the best, most characteristic tales.
Arranged to correspond with a journey along the Rhine from sea to source, the tales recount the lives and deeds of a host of mythic figures -- Odin the All-father and Brunhild; Lorelei, a siren whose singing lured sailors to death on the rocks; Lohengrin, a knight of the Holy Grail; Siegfried; the Jester of Heidelberg; Sigurd; Venus and Tannhauser; and many more. Twenty-four atmospheric illustrations capture the enchanted mood of these stories as well as providing views of such famous landmarks as Heidelberg Castle, Oppenheim Abbey, the Castle of Cleves, cathedrals in Cologne, Worms, and Strasbourg, and other sites.
In addition, Mr. Spence has supplied an informative introduction dealing with the historical development, folklore, poetry, and art of the Rhine. Readers interested in mythology and folklore in general, and Teutonic mythology in particular, will find here a splendid sampling of time-honored tales.