Aslauga's Knight

Aslauga's Knight

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Friedrich de la Motte Fouque is a noted 19th century German romance writer. He was the author of the novella Undine. The first modern German dramatization of the Nibelung legend combining Icelandic sources and the Middle High German Nibelungenlied was Sigurd der Schlangent"dter, ein Heldenspiel in sechs Abentheuren (1808). This drama and the sequels Sigurds Rache (1809) and Aslauga (1810) were published together under the title Der Held des Nordens in 1810. Aslauga was a beautiful girl who disguises herself as a peasant herding goats. An excerpt reads, "A secret shudder began to run through his limbs, whilst suddenly a light seemed to shine forth from the apparition--a golden light--in which she became wholly wrapped; so that he felt as though Aslauga stood before him in the flowing veil of her golden hair, and smiling graciously on him. Transported and dazzled, he sank on his knees. When he rose up once more he only saw a cloudy mist of autumn spreading over the meadow, fringed at its edges with lingering evening lights, and then vanishing far over the waves. The knight scarcely knew what had happened to him. He returned to his chamber buried in thought, and sometimes feeling sure that he had beheld Aslauga, sometimes, again, that some goblin had risen before him with deceitful tricks, mocking in spiteful wise the service which he had vowed to his dead mistress."

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