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I am reading the Nibelungenlied's translation by Karl Simrock. One of the first few verses reads:

Die Minnigliche [Kriemhild] lieben brachte keinen Scham,
Um die [Kriemhild] viel Recken warben, niemand war ihr [Kriemhild] gram.

I would like to know to proper syntax for lieben. It seems to me to be an infinitive, in which case the sentence would read: to love the lovely lady brought no shame.

However, I would expect the preposition zu before it, as I was taught, as in die Minnigliche zu lieben.

Is my reading correct? If so, should I expect to see more "flying infinitives" like this? If not, would anyone explain the syntax?

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    I think you are right, except that zu in connection with infinitives can't be considered a preposition. – chirlu Jun 28 '15 at 21:21
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    This kind of translation is no modern German. It uses a lot of old words and constructions. The "zu" is lacking, most probably to get the rhythm right. You should look out for a second translation. – rogermue Jun 29 '15 at 4:30
  • It should also be considered, this is no modern text. There will most possibly be structures or sentences that sound queer regarding today's German. – Daniel Jun 29 '15 at 21:40
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Your reading is correct, lieben is an infinitive, or, to be more exact: a "free infinitive" which doesn't use zu.

Nevertheless, zu lieben would also be correct in this context, i.e. "Die Minnigliche [Kriemhild] zu lieben[,] brachte keine Scham". One could also imagine a permutation, something like "Es brachte keine Scham, die minnigliche Kriemhild zu lieben", where es and zu would be indispensable.

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