Hildebrand lied. Das Hildebrandlied. Eine geschichtliche Einleitung für Laien, mit Lichtbildern der Handschrift, alt- und neuhochdeutschen Texten. Halle: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1945. Krown & Spellman retail: $30. Folio. 64, [2]. Decorated boards, browning. Front and rear hinges separating and exposing molecloth. Spine starting. Library stamps. Two black-and-white photographs of manuscript pasted to rear paste-down and endpaper, with photograph on endpaper detaching. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Das Hildebrand Lied" is the oldest surviving manuscript of German epic or heroic poetry. It was written by monks in the monastery of St. Boniface in Fulda, Germany ca, 800 AD. But its origin as a minstrel ballad is at least 100 years earlier. It ranks in antiquity and historical significance with the Beowulf poems in the English language... The ballad tells the story of a mighty warrior named Hildebrand in the army of Theodoric 11 ('the great'), King of the Ostrogoths (Eastern Goths). Hildebrand was a Langobard name, not Gothic, but since Theodoric (Dietrich von Bern, in German) was born in Vienna in 454AD, both tribes lived in the same area at that time and Hildebrand could have been in Theodoric's army in fact as well as fiction. 

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