Volker of Alzei is a noble lord known as “the minstrel” because he plays the viol. He is Hagen’s faithful comrade-in-arms throughout the bloodbath in Etzel’s court. On the first night of the festival, he plays lullabies on his fiddle to help the other knights sleep. However, he also wields his fiddle-bow like a sword, making deadly “music.” He provokes Dietrich’s men into entering the fray and is killed by Hildebrand.
Volker Character Timeline in The Nibelungenlied
The timeline below shows where the character Volker appears in The Nibelungenlied. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...welcoming them with warm promises of hospitality in Pöchlarn, giving special attention to Hagen and Volker. That evening in Rüdiger’s hall, Rüdiger’s young daughter attracts the admiration of many knights. After... (full context)
...in private. Dietrich reveals that he hears Kriemhild weeping and grieving for Siegfried every morning. Volker points out that there’s no stopping whatever will befall them in Etzel’s court, so they... (full context)
...wait until she publicly upbraids him. When he sees the Queen approaching with armed men, Volker promises Hagen his aid. Hagen then insists that the two remain seated when Kriemhild passes,... (full context)