By Hartmann von Aue
Iwein, or The Knight with the Lion, is a unfastened heart excessive German variation of Chrétien de Troyes' previous French Arthurian romance, Yvain. Written c.1200 through a Swabian knight, Hartmann von Aue, Iwein charts the improvement in the direction of adulthood of a tender knight who falls into mistakes, neglecting his hard-won spouse by way of devoting himself excessively to chivalric targets. This parallel-text version, providing the 1st English translation, relies on one of many earliest whole manuscripts, Giessen, college Library, no. ninety seven (Iwein B), relationship from the second one zone of the 13th century. It includes a huge variety of traces, relatively within the later phases of the poem, which aren't found in the opposite early manuscript, A (Heidelberg, cpg 397). those exhibit a distinct curiosity within the woman's part of the tale, increasing a passage fascinated with embroidery and weaving, and including a wedding for the maidservant Lunet, whose crafty brings concerning the reconciliation among Iwein and her mistress, Laudine. The authorship of those passages is doubtful, yet they're Hartmann's personal revision of his textual content. the quantity is finished with an advent, notes and bibliography.
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Vil lûte rief er unde sprach, dô er mich aller verrest chôs: “Rîter, ir sît triuwelôs! Mirne wart von iu niht widerseit, und habt mir lasterlîchez leit in iuwer hôchfart getân. Nû wie sihe ich mînen walt stân! Den habt ir mir verderbet, und mîn wilt ersterbet, und mîn gefügel verjagt. Iu sî von mir widersagt: ir sult es buozze bestân, ode ez muoz mir an den lîp gân! Daz chint daz dâ ist geslagen, daz muoz wol weinen unde clagen – alsus clagich von schulden. Ichn hân wider iuwern hulden mit mînem12 wizzen niht getân.
I clearly perceived that he was angry with me, 33 660 665 670 675 680 685 690 695 700 34 705 710 715 720 725 730 735 740 German Romance III Als ab ich in einen sach, mîn forhte und mîn ungemach wart gesenftet iedoch, und gedâhte ze leben noch, und gurte mînem rosse baz. Dô ich wider drûf gesaz, dô was er chomen daz er mich sach. Vil lûte rief er unde sprach, dô er mich aller verrest chôs: “Rîter, ir sît triuwelôs! Mirne wart von iu niht widerseit, und habt mir lasterlîchez leit in iuwer hôchfart getân.
There bisons and aurochses fought with ferocity, with horrible cries. Then I halted, at a distance, regretting that I had ever gone there, and if they had perceived me, then I would not have trusted to defend myself, other than by beseeching God to save me. I wanted to get away from them. Then I saw a man sitting in the very midst of them all, which consoled my mind. Yet when I came closer to him and had a good look at him, I was as sorely afraid of him as of the animals, or more so. His appearance, albeit human, was otherwise extremely wild.