After the murder of her beloved spouse Siegfried, Kriemhild vowed revenge. When marrying the mighty King Etzel of the Huns her chance had suddenly come: She invited the Royal Household of Worms to visit her new husband’s palace, scheming a plot that led to a battle no one including herself would survive. The blood-stained drama dates back to the 6th century. With the support of Hunnish auxiliary troops the Roman general Flavius Aetius rolled over large parts of Western Europe also destroying the Kingdom of the Burgundians near Worms. To commemorate the deeds of historical characters the author of the Nibelungenlied skilfully hid them behind the fictional characters of the story. For instance Etzel is Attila the Hun, ruler of the Huns. Dietrich von Bern is none other than Theoderic the Great, the Prince of Peace. And Kriemhild is Hildiko, Princess of Burgundy, in disguise.
This documentary is a thrilling search for traces of the legacy of the Burgundian Kings. It’s in their honour, the author of the Nibelungenlied set up an eternal literary memorial.