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Undine

Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué (1777-1843)

1. 01 – Dedication, How The Knight Came To The Fisherman
2. 02 – In What Way Undine Had Come to the Fisherman
3. 03 – How They Found Undine Again
4. 04 – Of That Which the Knight Encountered in the Wood
5. 05 – How the Knight Lived on the Little Promontory
6. 06 – Of A Nuptial Ceremony
7. 07 – What Further Happened on the Evening of the Wedding
8. 08 – The Day After the Wedding
9. 09 – How the Knight Took His Young Wife with Him
10. 10 – How They Lived in the City
11. 11 – The Anniversary of Bertalda’s Name-Day
12. 12 – How They Departed from the Imperial City
13. 13 – How They Lived at Castle Ringstetten
14. 14 – How Bertalda Returned Home with the Knight
15. 15 – The Journey to Vienna
16. 16 – How It Fared Further with Huldbrand
17. 17 – The Knight’s Dream
18. 18 – How the Knight Huldbrand is Married
19. 19 – How the Knight Huldbrand was Buried

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Summary

Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué concerning Undine, a water spirit who marries a Knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. It is an early German romance, which has been translated into English and other languages. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, and two ballets: the nineteenth century Ondine and the twentieth century Undine. An edition of the book was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In The Fantastic Imagination, George MacDonald writes, “Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale … of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful.”