Drachenfels (Deutschland/Germany) - part 2

by Björn Roose November. 26, 2019 595 views
Reptilarium in the Nibelungenhalle

Reptilarium in the Nibelungenhalle

I told you everything about the Drachenfels and the Nibelungenhalle in the previous post, so I'll just give you photos and a part of the poems of Lord Byron and Heinrich Heine about the mountain.

The dragon Fafnir in the Nibelungenhalle

The dragon Fafnir in the Nibelungenhalle

"The castled crag of Drachenfels/ Frowns o’er the wide and winding Rhine/ Whose breast of waters broadly swells/ Between the banks which bear the vine/ And hills all rich with blossomed trees/ And fields which promise corn and wine/ And scattered cities crowning these/ Whose far white walls along them shine/ Have strewed a scene, which I should see/ With double joy wert thou with me."

(Excerpt from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron)

The gates to the Nibelungenhalle

The gates to the Nibelungenhalle

"Um Mitternacht war schon die Burg erstiegen,
Der Holzstoß flammte auf am Fuß der Mauern,
Und wie die Burschen lustig niederkauern,
Erscholl das Lied von Deutschlands heilgen Siegen.

Wir tranken Deutschlands Wohl aus Rheinweinkrügen,
Wir sahn den Burggeist auf dem Turme lauern,
Viel dunkle Ritterschatten uns umschauern,
Viel Nebelfraun bei uns vorüberfliegen.

Und aus den Trümmern steigt ein tiefes Ächzen,
Es klirrt und rasselt, und die Eulen krächzen;
Dazwischen heult des Nordsturms Wutgebrause. -

Sieh nun, mein Freund, so eine Nacht durchwacht ich
Auf hohem Drachenfels, doch leider bracht ich
Den Schnupfen und den Husten mit nach Hause."

(Nacht auf dem Drachenfels by Heinrich Heine)

Fafnir in all its glory

Fafnir in all its glory

Oh, it's a little, fluffy - aaaaaaaaaargh - spider (behind glass)

Oh, it's a little, fluffy - aaaaaaaaaargh - spider (behind glass)

Fafnir begins turning green, like a real dragon ...

Fafnir begins turning green, like a real dragon ...

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Love the pictures and the poem. Great work my friend

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Björn Roose Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thanks, Antonio smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

The stuff of legends.

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Björn Roose Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Yeah, the good old days in which dragons still could be killed (and were not fed by paying them taxes) smile

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