Das Niebelungen Lied - Anonymous, Karl Bartsch, Helmut De Boor, Roswitha Wisniewski
The great epic poem in the original medieval German, which is not impossibly hard to read, since this edition includes vocabulary and grammatical notes. I've read it right through twice. In the first half, Siegfried the supposedly perfect man is downright annoying, but at least he gets his comeuppance. The poet probably sincerely admired Siegfried, in spite of his moral failings, but we're not obliged to do the same. There's other interesting stuff in the first half, having to do with politics in the Burgundian court, for one thing. The second half is where it really gets good; darker and bloodier, with the inevitability of a revenge tragedy.