ECKEWART :(Ekkivard) Burgundian Margrave; accompanies Kriemhild to the Netherlands and then to Hungary; found sleeping on Rudiger's frontier by Hagen. Considered by some to have been conflated from two different characters of the same name.
ELSE : (Elsung) Lord of the Marches on the southern, Bavarian bank of the Danube; brother of Gelpfrat
ETZEL: (Atli, Attila) Attila, king of the Huns; son of Botelung, husband of Helche, then of Kriemhild
GERNOT: (Gernoz) the second-eldest co-king of Germany; slain by Rudiger, whom he slays.
GIBECH: a tributary king under Etzel. (Otherwise in heroic tradition of Germany and Scandinavia father of Gunther. Norse Gjuki. Replaced by Dancrat in this poem.
GISELHER: (Gisler, Gilser) the youngest of the three co-kings of Burgundy. Legally married to Rudiger's unnamed daughter, but owing his failure to return from Hungary neither consummates the marriage nor takes her home.
GOTELIND: (Gudalinda) wife of Rudiger.
GUNTHER: (Gunnar) 1. son of Dancrat and Uote; senior king of Burgundy; brother of Gernot, Giselher, and Kriemhild; marries Brunhild; connives murder of Siegfried; beheaded in bonds by Kriemhild.
2. son of Kriemhild and Siegfried
KRIEMHILD: (Gudrun in Norse tradition, also Grimhild) daughter of Dancrat and Uote; sister to Gunther, Gernot and Giselher; wife of Siegfried and then Etzel; mother of Gunther by Siegfried; mother of Ortlieb by Etzel; slays Hagen with her own hands; slain by Hildebrand
NIBELUNG: 1. lord of Nibelungland; father of Kings Schilbung and Nibelung, to whom he bequeathed his treasure
2. King of Nibelungland; son of the foregoing; brother of Schilibung; slain by Siegfried over the treasure
NUODUNG: (Naudung) kinsman of Gotelind; slain by Witege in another epic; Hagen is given his shield; his bride is promised to Bloedelin by Kriemhild as a lure to battle
WALTHER : of Spain; hero of the epic Waltharius; former hostage of Etzel, from whom he escaped with his beloved Hildegund; waylaid in the Vosges by Gunther and his vassals, with Hagen refusing to fight him as an old comrade at arms, until forced by circumstances to do so.
WERBEL : minstrel to Etzel; with Swemmel, envoy to Worms
WASKE: Iring's sword
WICHART: a vassal of Dietrich
WITEGE: (Vidga) a famous hero of the Dietrich cycle; slayer of Nuodung
WOLFHART: maternal uncle of HIldebrand; vassal of Dietrich; slain by Giselher slaying him