in Germany, according to tradition, is so called from the
Lindwurm or dragon slain by Siegfried under the linden tree.
Yet more I know of Seigfried that well your your ear may hold.
Beneath the lindeu tree he slew the dragon bold;
Then in its blood he bathed him, which turned to horn his skin,
So now no weapon harms him, as oft hath proven been.
Nibelungen, st. 104.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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