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Among the names suggested were Konrad von Fußesbrunnen, Bligger von Steinach and Walther von der Vogelweide; however, none of these hypotheses has wide acceptance, and mainstream scholarship today accepts that the written Nibelungenlied is the work of a poet from the area of the Danube between Passau and Vienna, dating from about 1180 to 1210, possibly at the court of Wolfger von Erla, the Bishop of Passau (presiding, 1191–1204).
Though the preface to the poem promises both joyous and dark tales ahead, the Nibelungenlied is by and large a very tragic work, and these four opening verses are believed to have been a late addition to the text, composed after the body of the poem had been completed.
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She challenges Gunther to three athletic contests, throwing a javelin, tossing a boulder, and a leap.
Uns wird in alten Erzählungen viel Wunderbares berichtet, von rühmenswerten Helden, großer Kampfesmühe, von Freuden, Festen, von Weinen und von Klagen; von den Kämpfen kühner Helden könnt ihr nun Wunderbares erzählen hören.
Full many a wonder is told us in stories old, of heroes worthy of praise, of hardships dire, of joy and feasting, of weeping and of wailing; of the fighting of bold warriors, now ye may hear wonders told.
In the third chapter, Siegfried arrives in Worms with the hopes of wooing Kriemhild.
Upon his arrival, Hagen von Tronje, one of King Gunther's vassals, tells Gunther about Siegfried's youthful exploits that involved winning a treasure and lands from a pair of brothers, Nibelung and Schilbung, whom Siegfried had killed when he was unable to divide the treasure between them and, almost incidentally, the killing of a dragon.