Niedner, Felix

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Felix Niedner was a German philologist and literary historian who was born on April 14, 1859 in Halle/Saale and died in Eberswalde in 1934. After completing his doctorate in 1882, he worked as a high school teacher in Berlin from 1883 to 1907 and was awarded the title of professor in 1902. He also worked regularly as a translator and wrote popular works in the field of Old Norse studies.

His major works are Das deutsche Turnier im 12. und 13. Jahrhundert (1881), Zur Lieder-Edda (1896), Carl Michael Bellman, der schwedische Anakreon (1905) (which was followed by a brilliant translation of Bellman's Fredmans epistlar in 1909), Die Geschichte vom Skalden Egil (1911) and Islands Kultur zur Wikingerzeit (1913). Between 1911 and 1930 he edited the first 24 volumes of the famous collection Thule - Altnordische Dichtung und Prosa, published by Eugen Diederichs in Jena.