Whoever possessed the “Nibelungen hoard” (q.v.). Thus at
one time certain people of Norway were so called, but when Siegfried
possessed himself of the hoard he was called King of the Nibelungers;
and at the death of Siegfried, when the hoard was removed to Burgundy,
the Burgundians were so called. (See Nibelung.)
In all these Teutonic names ie = e, and ei = i.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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