by Ludwig Tieck, translated by Thomas Carlyle Eckbert the Blond (Der blonde Eckbert) was written in and published the following year. In a district in the Harz Mountains lived a knight who by custom was called simply Eckbert the Blond. He was about forty years old, of barely. Ludwig Tieck’s reputation as one of the founding fathers of German Tieck’s ” Der blonde Eckbert,” published in , is a classic example of this genre in early.

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Eckbert felt relieved and calmed, yet a certain horror drove him home to his castle. Jan 23, Linda rated it liked it.

Eckbert the Blond

Nov 06, Ata rated it really liked it. I had even read a little bit about love, and in my imagination I now began playing curious little storytelling games with myself. These two tales are definitely interesting reads, in particular when you try to get to the bottom of them.

He roved about; the sweat was standing on his brow; he found no game, and this embittered his ill-humour. Lists with This Book.

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The two of them were now frequently together; the stranger did Eckbert every conceivable kindness; only very seldom now blone either man ever go out on horseback unaccompanied by the other; they conversed between themselves at all the assemblies; in short, they seemed inseparable.

Eckbert looked at his sick and agitated wife with deep emotion; he stood silent and thoughtful; then spoke some words of comfort to her, and went out. May 08, W. Feb 20, Raymond Burt rated it liked it.

Der blonde Eckbert / Der Runenberg

Not that I ever failed to be struck anew by its beauty, for its feathers shone with every conceivable color; its throat and torso alternated between the loveliest sky blue and the most incandescent red, and whenever it sang, it would proudly puff itself up to a prodigious size that accentuated the splendor of its plumage.


I felt as though I had just stepped out of hell and into paradise, and I no longer found my solitude and my helplessness frightening in the least. With this man Hugo was conversing; they were speaking privately, and casting looks at Eckbert.

This strange coincidence sends Bertha to her deathbed, wracked by doubts, and drives Eckbert to murder Walther in the woods. No matter how hard I tried, I dder not manage to make the slightest sense of her words. I liked this book because it holds such a crazy story: When he had been traveling at a furious trot for a few days, he suddenly realized that he was lost in a labyrinth of rocks with no discernible way out.

Eckbert lay on the ground in a ecbert delirium; in the torpor and confusion of his final moments he heard the old woman talking, the dog yapping, and the bird launching once again into its song. The seemingly idyllic if unfruitful life of Ludaig and his wife Bertha, both of whom profess to be content in their protected isolation from society, is dealt a severe shock when Eckbert’s only close friend Walther comes to visit.

No one but I was Walther, was Hugo.

From that day, Walther visited the castle of his friend but seldom; and when he did appear, it was but to say a few unmeaning words and then depart. The entire story of Nerval’s death is narrated by one of his friends, left unnamed, who throughout the short story describes the night’s events to Nerval’s doctor.

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In later years it was as the helpful friend and adviser of others, or as the well-read critic of wide sympathies, that Tieck distinguished himself. These ethical ambiguities, though, centering around the character of the old woman, remain and give rise b,onde a multitude of other dilemmas and considerations, many of which have yet to be satisfactorily examined. I was required to spin thread, which I soon figured out how to do; in addition I had to look after the dog and the bird.

Will he not, for such is human nature, cast unblessed thoughts on our jewels, and form pretexts and lay plans to get possession of them? But perhaps the most important quality of the sounds in both Renard’s and Tieck’s stories is that they seem to echo from an ancient, otherwise inaccessible Moreover, I thought that out there I might possibly encounter the supremely blonre knight who continued perpetually to haunt my daydreams.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. She tieci dressed almost wholly in black; a black hood covered her head, and the greater part of her face; in her hand she held a crutch.

Feb 10, Isabell rated it liked it Shelves: Anna Screengazer rated it really liked it Mar 27, The more I contemplated it, the more frightened it made me; finally, I opened the cage, stuck my hand in, grabbed the bird by the throat, and gave it a hearty squeeze; the bird gazed back at me imploringly; I let go of it, but it was already dead.