Abstract

There is an ethical dilemma in Salman und Morolf. This dilemma is not only medieval but also one of modern interpretation. Since the work was first analyzed by great scholars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this particular event has been referred to as the “pilgrim scene.”1 Furthermore, this episode is shared in another epic, Morant und Galie. Here, too, critics have downplayed its significance by calling it an “epische Unterbrechung” (epic break) and “spielmännisch” (conceived by a minstrel), interpreting it as another instance of cunning and disguise.

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