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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But the straight path, and leaving it? Hut Soda rated it liked it Aug 05, His murder of his friend unremittingly haunted him; he lived in a state of perpetual self-accusation. These young days are, in truth, far away from us all. What sayest thou, Eckbert? View all 7 comments.

May have to re-read Eckbert now. I stept upon the open field; next minute I was in a wood, where the light of the morning had yet hardly penetrated. Tieck’s importance lay in the readiness with which he adapted himself to the new ideas which arose at the close of the 18th century, rather than in any conspicuous originality. Then night fell, and I found myself a patch of mossy ground to sleep on.

Der blonde Eckbert / Der Runenberg by Ludwig Tieck

Love well written disturbing stuff it gives me life the first one was my favorite. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Regarding the first of these two, this is a tale that will first make you go “huh?

Apr 18, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: But again his apprehensions, and the fear of being hated and abhorred, withheld him.

As he continued gazing, on a sudden he discerned the countenance of Walther, all his features, all the form so well known to him; he gazed, and looked, and felt convinced that it was none but Walther who was talking blonfe the blonds. As human nature is forgetful, I now fancied that the journey I had undertaken as a child had been less dispiriting than the one I was undertaking now; I yearned to be following the old path again.


Eckbert the Blond

I considered all the words attentively; I had blone of riches, and at last it struck me that her pearls and jewels might perhaps be something precious. Jan 23, Linda rated it liked it. Possibly my favorite sentence ever written in the German language: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

May 08, W. The bourgeois society is condemned, but, as in Germany in the aftermath of the French Revolution, no redemptive paradigm can be found. I prayed; and did not sleep till towards morning.

My father still maintained that it was nothing but caprice in me, or a lazy wish to pass my days in idleness: During the woman’s frequent absences, Bertha learned to take care of the dog and the magic jewel-laying bird. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I liked it was very entertaining! She folded her bony hands, and prayed aloud, still twisting her countenance, so that I was once more on the point of laughing; but I took strict care that I might not make her angry.

I looked long after her, and knew not why I felt so sad; it was almost as if my purpose had already stood before me, without myself being conscious of it.

The Importance of Ambiguity in Tieck’s “Der blonde Eckbert”

Nov 07, Dennis rated it really liked it Shelves: Your friend Walther and your other friend Hugo were both none other than me. This strange coincidence sends Bertha to her deathbed, wracked by doubts, and drives Eckbert to murder Walther in the woods.


At the very entrance I was struck with something strange; I felt terrified and knew not why; but I soon bethought myself, for it was the village where I was born! Now she took notice of me, and signed to me to take a seat in one of the wickerwork chairs at the tableside.

The suspicions of the latter seemed confirmed; he thought himself betrayed, and a tremendous rage took hold of him. If Bertha has failed her Probezeit in the forest, so too has the old woman failed: The dog writhed and tiecm at this unusual treatment; he looked at me with begging eyes, but I feared to have him with me.

Alone in wood so gay, Ah, far away! I buried it in the garden. Soon I was forced to scramble up and over several hills, then to follow a meandering pathway through some rocky crags, and at that point I surmised that I had to be somewhere on that nearby mountain, and in my solitude I began to feel truly terrified. Yet still he was unable to withstand himself: When the soul is first roused to suspicion, it espies confirmations of its worst fears in the most trifling circumstances.

Quinn Olsen rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Another question arises from Tieck’s rather ambivalent placement of natural elements: Max Van tongeren rated it liked it Sep 11,