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Image: Wotan as Wonderer, Brunhild as Shield maiden, Die Norns, Gunter, Hagen, Brunhild as Valkyrie.

Portrait length color image of Kriemhild, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Kriemhild, by George Stuart.

From a loveless marriage, she becomes a monster of revenge.

Kriemhild is the key figure in the second half of the Nibelungenlied. She is the personification of loyalty and revenge regarding the death of her husband Siegfried. Along with her children, Kriemhild consummates the final phase of the legend by destroying Siegfried's killers by revenging herself on her brothers and facilitating the return of the Rhinegold to its rightful owners. It is a complex and convoluted story with many contradictions and competing versions.

Full length color image of Kriemhild, by George Stuart.

Left close up color image of Kriemhild, by George Stuart.

Right closup color image of Kriemhild, by George Stuart.

Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
Courtesy George S. Stuart.

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