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In 1985, the Neustadter artist created the Rossmarktbrunnen. Horse and fountain represent a monument to a famous son of Alzey: the legendary minstrel and knight Volker von Alzey from the Nibelungenlied. The epic describes the aristocratic peoples as a "man full of fighting strength", who allegedly carried the flag of the Burgundian king in the campaign against Saxony. This proves that he, though of lower nobility, had a high military rank. In the fight against the Huns, the Nibelung hero was killed in the Battle of Etzelburg near Gran. In addition to the strong horse (status symbols of the Knights) of the Volker von Alzey, the design of the fountain bowl is inspired by the Nibelungen saga. According to legend, Hagen von Tronje, the courtmaster of the Burgundian king, sank the treasure of the Nibelung in the Rhine. Even if the historical figure of the Volker von Alzey is difficult to grasp and a large part of the tradition is based on the Nibelungenlied, it is difficult to deny it that person and myth are still present in Alzey today. A glance at the coat of arms of the city shows the fiddle of a minstrel under the Palatine lion. The district of Alzey-Worms also has the instrument in its coat of arms. 🚴♂️regionalgeschichte.net/rheinhessen/alzey/kulturdenkmaeler/rossmarkt-mit-brunnen.html
October 2, 2019
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