Origin of the name SIEGFRIED.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name SIEGFRIED.
German legend name meaning "conquering peace."
points in Siegfried's story are that he was the son of Siegmund the
Volsung, and of Queen Sigelind; born, according to the Book of Heroes,
under the same circumstances as Perdita, in the Winter's Tale;
put, by way of cradle, into a drinking-glass, and accidentally thrown
into the river, where he was picked up by the smith Mimir, and educated
by him. In the Book of Heroes he is so strong that he
caught the lions in the woods and hung them over his castle wall by
their tails. Reginn incited him to fight with and slay the dragon,
Fafner, and obtain the treasure, including the tarn-cap of
invisibility. Also, on roasting and eating the heart of Fafner, he
became able to understand the language of the birds. And by a bath
in the blood he was made invulverable, except where a leaf had
unfortunately adhered to his skin, between his shoulders, and given him,
like Achilles and Diarmaid, a mortal spot. His first discovery
from the son of a bird was that Reginn meant to murder him at once; he
therefore forestalled his intentions, and took possession of the fatal
gift, thus incurring the curse. The Book of Heroes calls
him Siegfried the horny, and introduces him at the court of the German
favourite, Theodoric, and the Nibelungenlied separates the dragon
from the treasure, and omits most of the marvellous in the obtaining it.
His next exploit was the rescue and awakening of
Brynhild; but he fell into a magic state of oblivion as to all that had
passed with her, when he presented himself at the court of Wurms, and
became the husband of Gudrun, or Chriemhild, as a recompense for having,
by means of his tarn-cap, enabled Gunnar to overcome the resistance of
Brynhilda herself, and obliged her to become his submissive bride.
Revelations made by the two ladies, when in a passion, led to vengeance
being treacherously wreaked upon Siegfried, who was pierced in his
vulnerable spot while he was lying down on his face to drink from a
fountain during a hunting party in the forest. The remainder of
the history is the vengeance taken for his death; and the North further
holds that his child, Aslaug, was left the sole survivor of the race,
and finally married Ragner Lodbrog, whence her descendants always trace
their pedigree from Sigurðr
Fafner's bane. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).