Traditional German Literature

German (Nordic) mythology

German (Nordic) mythology

Like all mythology Teutonic and Norse myths try to explain the beginning ('Ginnungagap') and the end ('Ragnarok' - the twilight of Gods) of the world.

German (Nordic) mythology
Nibelung Myth

Nibelung Myth

Nibelung myth is part of the general stock of German mythology. It was spread by oral tradition in many differing versions, some of which were written down on monasteries and passed on.

Nibelung Myth
Gutenberg

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In many ways, Goethe was an exceptional writer: He lived through and defined 3 literary periods ('Sturm und Drang', German Classicism and early Romanticism).

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller

Schiller was Goethe's contemporary, rival and friend. He is famous for his ballads and dramatic works. His early drama 'The Robbers' ('Die Räuber') is an example for 'Sturm and Drang' era.

Friedrich Schiller
German Romanticism

German Romanticism

Fairy tales and folksongs served as inspiration for Romanticism. Nature, love, supernatural phenomena, freedom and genius are important themes of Romantic literature.

German Romanticism
Wilhelm Busch

Wilhelm Busch

Wilhelm Busch's humoristic works have likely shaped the imagination of most German children.

Wilhelm Busch

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