Attila’s Treasure

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Stephan Grundy

From his humble beginnings, Stephan Grundy/Kveldulf Gundarsson would make his mark on the world by writing on the rarest and obscure myths breathing new life

Synopsis

The story of Hagan’s stint as a hostage/fosterling among the Huns, and of various elements of his relationship with Waldhari (Waltharius of Aquitaine), particularly their parting battle, is found in several medieval sources. The most complete of these is the Latin poem Waltharius and the late Norse Pioriks saga; fragments of the Old English Waldere also survive. The story is alluded to in Nibelungenlied, where Hildebrand chides Hagan for having sat on his shield while Walter was fighting his kinsmen. The approximate date of the narration as I have told it is 415-1 7, counting back from the destruction of the Burgundian royal court by the Huns in ca. 436.

In regards to the Vöglsung/Nibelung full retelling of the Vöglsung/Nibelung cycle as it appears in Rhinegold, Attila’s Treasure takes place between chapters 3 and 7 of Sigifrith the Walsing: while Sigifrith is growing up as a young hero, claiming his horse and sword and avenging his father’s death, Hagan is learning his own trades among the Huns.

Chapters

There are 13 chapters to the novel Attila's Treasures. The story is written to be a continuous narrative that has no real 'breaks' between. The story follows the adventures of Hagan through his life and intersects it with the history of the warrior of legend Attila The Hun. Our author weaves us through the world of the Hun's and through what it would be like to be a captive of their army.

Excerpt

"The origin and nature of the Huns are disputed. I have chosen to present Attila’s Huns as a mixture of chiefly Central Asian nomads with some Finno-Ugric and Northern Asian elements, a mixture that may especially be noted in the shamanism of the Gyula." Excerpt, Attila's Treasure pg 577.

Fun Facts

Hunters and gatherers, the Huns traveled with flocks of sheep, which provided food and leather. They spent their lives atop their hardy horses, likely Mongolian ponies, and were said to dismount only when absolutely necessary. Attila was trained in horsemanship and shooting from an early age.

Origins & Link with Xiongnu

In attempting to locate the origin of the Huns, scholars since the 18th century CE have speculated that they may have been the mysterious Xiongnu people who harassed the borders of northern China, especially during the Han Dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE). Like the Huns, the Xiongnu were nomadic, mounted warriors who were especially adept with the bow and struck without warning. The French orientalist and scholar Joseph de Guignes (1721-1800 CE) first proposed that the Huns were the same people as the Xiongnu, and others have since worked to find support for his claim or argued against it.

In modern scholarship there is no consensus on the Xiongnu-Hun link but, largely, it has been rejected for lack of evidence. The historian Christopher Kelly interprets the attempt to link the Xiongnu with the Huns as stemming from a desire to not only locate a definitive locale for Hunnic origins but also to define the struggle between the Huns and Rome as a battle between the "noble west" and the "barbaric east". Kelly suggests:

For some writers, connecting the Xiongnu and the Huns was part of a wider project of understanding the history of Europe as a fight to preserve civilization against an ever-present oriental threat. The Huns were a warning from history. With their Chinese credentials established, their attacks on the Roman empire could be presented as part of an inevitable cycle of conflict between East and West. (43)

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