Hartmann von Aue: Iwein

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  • William McDonald

Iwein (ca. 1203) is – by scholarly consensus – the second and final Arthurian romance by Hartmann von Aue, and perhaps his final work. Some 25 manuscripts have come down to us, about the same number as the Tristan (q. v.) of Gottfried von Strassburg, making Iwein one of the most popular texts of the German Middle Ages. Celtic fairy legends nourish its plotline. Shorter by some 2,000 verses than his Erec, Hartmann's Iwein can profitably be read alongside its predecessor. Both romances derive in large measure from Chrétien de Troyes; both involve King Arthur and his court, who provide a temporary abode, not the ultimate destination of the hero; both relate the adventures of …

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McDonald, William . "Iwein". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 October 2006
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