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dc.contributor.authorHaymes, Edward R.eng
dc.date.issued2004-03eng
dc.descriptionOne of the proudest inventions of German scholarship in the nineteenth century was the Heldenlied, the heroic song, which was seen by scholars as the main conduit of Germanic heroic legend from the Period of Migrations to the time of their being written down in the Middle Ages. The concept stems indirectly from the suggestions of several eighteenth-century Homeric scholars that since the Homeric poems were much too long to have been memorized and performed in oral tradition, they must have existed as shorter, episodic songs. Friedrich August Wolf's well-known Prolegomena ad Homerum (1795) collected evidence for the idea that writing was not used for poetry until long after Homer's time. He argued for a thorough recension of the poem under (or perhaps by) Pisistratus in the sixth century BCE as the first comprehensive written Homer. These ideas were almost immediately applied to the Middle High German Nibelungenlied by Karl Lachmann (1816), who was trained as a classical philologist and indeed continued to contribute in that area at the same time that he was one of the most influential members of the generation that founded the new discipline of Germanistik.eng
dc.descriptionIssue title "Slavica."eng
dc.format.extent20 pageseng
dc.identifier.citationOral Tradition, 19/1 (2004): 43-62.eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/64984
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
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dc.titleThe germanic Heldenlied and the poetic Edda : Speculations on preliterary historyeng
dc.typeArticleeng


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