Gudrun go͝o´dro͝on [key] or Kudrun ko͝o´– [key], in Germanic literature.
Heroine of the Icelandic epic, the Volsungasaga.
Heroine and title person of an anonymous Middle High German epic written shortly after and strongly influenced by the Nibelungenlied (see under
). The epic tells the story of Hilde, Hagen's sister, and of the abduction of her daughter Gudrun.
Principal character of the Icelandic
introduced to English readers by William Morris through his
Lovers of Gudrunin The Earthly Paradise. Wagner's Gutrune (in the Götterdämmerung ) is not Gudrun but corresponds to Kriemhild of the Nibelungenlied.
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