By Rolf R. Mueller
This quantity investigates Heinrich Wittenwiler’s recognized poem Ring. major concentration is the relation of the narrative to the normal topoi of marriage, folly, and play.
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Extra info for Festival and Fiction in Heinrich Wittenwiler's 'Ring': A Study of the Narrative in its Relation to the Traditional Topoi of Marriage, Folly and Play
The last, apparently a Jew, makes light of his dousing and relates his joy at having finally received baptism. This remark prompts a surly companion into a fervid harangue, spiced with canonical complexities, on the heresy of self-baptism. Well aware of the discrepancy between speaker and learned arguments, Wittenwiler has still another peasant unguise the incongruity (V. ): 'Siha, durch gotz plunder, 1st daz nit ein wunder, Daz Chuontz da haim uf sinem mist Ist worden ein so guot jurist? Resentful of the saddle-fast stranger, eight foolhardies return for more adventure.
The tourna ment, into which the incorrigible swains ride "sam die säw von Flandern" (V. 1083), is quickly decided in favor of Neidhart's side due to the knight's uncommon efficacy. For whereas he himself had decreed the use of straw clubs, the uncharitable knight merely camouflaged his own iron bludgeon. Intent on rounding out the "lesson", Neidhart thereupon pro poses an after-tourney or general free-for-all, making sure this time that all accounts are settled. Then, duping his gullible opponents to the last, he lays himself among the pummel ed victims, joining with his faked cries of woe into the all-too-real lament about him.
The disjunctive ness is all the more noticeable on account of an interposed sketch of two lovers whose wanton embrace is suggestive of medieval arbor-of-love 96 or bathhouse scenes. And with comparable brevity, characterized by satiric understatement, the narrator then sets the scene of action (V. ): Jn dem tal ze Grausen Ein dorff, hiess Lappenhausen, Was gelegen wunnechleich An holtz und wasser überreich, Dar inn vil es1er pauren Sassen ane trauren, It is evident from the beginning that this world is not to be categor ized in realistic terms; it is a world of folly and a caricature of rustic life, as shown by the name of the village and the word play con joining "esel" and "edel".
Festival and Fiction in Heinrich Wittenwiler's 'Ring': A Study of the Narrative in its Relation to the Traditional Topoi of Marriage, Folly and Play by Rolf R. Mueller