Monday, September 29, 2008

Hildebrandslied - German Cultural History podcast review

The German Cultural History podcast remains a feast of tangents, or so it seems. It is nearly impossible to make out a structure for these talks, but yet, they remain fascinating at the same time.

Host Tom has returned with yet more thoughts on the German language and spends the major part of his latest episode on discussing the Hildebrandslied. This is an old Germanic tale of a father and son who engage in battle as champions for their armies. The Lied is sung in the Old High German and that is why it is so important for the podcast. It is of course one of the few sources in Old High German.

As usual, for me, there is a lot of recognition with the teachings of German Literature in High School. Only, it is so much more leisurely to get it on podcast.

Picture: Page 1 of the Hildebrandslied (public Domain)
Landes- und Murhardsche Bibliothek, Kassel, Germany, 2° Ms. theol.54, Bl. 1r (Wikimedia Commons)

Previously about GCH podcast:
Old High German,
Sound Shifts and Umlauts,
Why Iceland,
German Cultural History - Podcast Review.

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