Hero of Germanic and Scandinavian legends and one of the main figures of Edda Volsungasaga and Nibelungen (hereinafter “Siegfried”).
Quite contrary stories are told about him.
He was the son of King Sigmund.
He was raised at the palace of king Hjaelprek in Denmark.
(According to another belief, he was raised in a forest by a blacksmith.) He had an extraordinary horse and a magic sword («Gram»).
The dragon guarding a treasure in the heavens killed Fafner and ate his heart, washed with his blood, thus gaining new efficacy.
There have been understandings of the language of birds, it has become almost invulnerable.
He was attached to Branhild, then left him, visited the king Gjuke (Gunnar, Günther), but forgot about Branhild after drinking a magical drink filled by the queen Grimhild.
He married Gjuke’s sister, Gudran.
Armed with his brother-in-law Gunnar’s guns, he went through the flames and went to Branhild’s side.
He married the mistaken Branhild Gunnar, but when he learned of Sigurd’s trick from Gudrun, he provoked Gjuke’s sons to kill the hero.
Sigurd killed by Gjuke’s youngest son, Guttorm (or Hagen); Branhild committed suicide on the pile of wood where Sigurd was cremated.
This legend has been interpreted in many different ways.
It is not thought that there is a historical person behind Sigurd’s name.