The nineteenth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 2004’s Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, directed by Uli Edel and written by Diane Duane & Peter Morwood, adapted from the epic poem, The Nibelungenlied. The general consensus was “It certainly is German.”
Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King was originally a 222-minute television miniseries, which was edited down to a 162-minute theatrical release in the UK, which was further edited down for DVD-release in the US. Long story short, this is a long story short, and it definitely felt like we were missing chunks of the narrative at certain points. Alternate titles for the various incarnations include: Ring Of The Nibelungs; Die Nibelungen; Curse Of The Ring; and Sword Of Xanten.
The film is based upon – although “inspired by” may be more appropriate – The Nibelungenlied, an epic poem written in Middle High German, which is, in itself, a reworking and modernization of older, pre-Christian legends like The Völsunga Saga. The Nibelungelied served as a major source of inspiration for artists like Richard Wagner and JRR Tolkien.
The international cast included Benno Fürmann as Siegfried; Kristiann Loken as Brunhild; Alicia Witt as Kriemhild; Max von Sydow as Eyvind.
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