Publisher: eBooks@Adelaide 2007
There is probably no poem of German literature that has excited such universal interest, or that has been so much studied and discussed, as the "Nibelungenlied". In its present form it is a product of the age of chivalry, but it reaches back to the earliest epochs of German antiquity, and embraces not only the pageantry of courtly chivalry, but also traits of ancient Germanic folklore and probably of Teutonic mythology.
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by Francis Gummere (trans) - eBooks@Adelaide
The oldest existing story written in Old English, Beowulf is the classic tale of courage and honor. In the Great Hall of Hrothgar, King of the Danes, the warrior Beowulf, son of a Swedish King, wages battle with the monster Grendel.
by Romesh C. Dutt - Dent
Mahabharata relates to a great war in which all the warlike races of Northern India took a share, and may be compared to the Iliad. The vast mass of legends and poetry, accumulated during centuries, was cast in a narrative called the Maha-bharata.
by Richard Burton - Longmans, Green
This is the history of a huge Bat, Vampire, or Evil Spirit which inhabited and animated dead bodies. It is an old, and thoroughly Hindu, Legend composed in Sanskrit, and is the germ which culminated in the Arabian Nights ...
by Louise Lamprey - Little, Brown, and Company
The tales of the founding of Rome are many and contradictory. There must have been heroic semi-savage figures like the Romulus of the legends, and the aim of the author has been to re-create the atmosphere and the surroundings in which they lived.