Definition of Nibelung in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnēbəˌlo͝oNG/

noun (plural Nibelungs or Nibelungen /-ˌlo͝oNGɡen/)

Germanic Mythology
1A member of a Scandinavian race of dwarfs, owners of a hoard of gold and magic treasures, who were ruled by Nibelung, king of Nibelheim (land of mist).
Example sentences
  • Here we see Alberich in his new incarnation as the heartless master of Nibelheim, mercilessly sweating his fellow dwarfs, the Nibelungs, in an immense gold factory.
  • This lode gold is the stuff worked by legendary dwellers below the earth, like the dwarf who forged the treasure of the Nibelungs.
  • Das Rheingold tells the story of the stealing of the gold of the Rhine maidens by Alberich, king of the Nibelungs, and the forging and theft (by Wotan) of the magic ring.
2(In the Nibelungenlied) a supporter of Siegfried or one of the Burgundians who stole the hoard from him.
Example sentences
  • The original oral story of Munding Laya is similar - or at least has a similar spirit - to Beowulf in old English literature or Siegfried and The Knights of Nibelungen of Germany.
  • Hagen told Gunther how Siegfried won treasure from the Nibelungs, two brothers and mighty princes named Schilbung and Nibelung.


From Old High German, from nibel 'mist' + the patronymic ending -ung.

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Syllabification: Ni·be·lung

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