Hermann Lingg

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Hermann Lingg, ca.1860
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Hermann Lingg, 1862.
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Hermann Lingg , from 1890 Ritter von Lingg , (born January 22, 1820 Lindau ; † June 18, 1905 Munich ) was a German poet and medicin. As a lyricist and epic poet , he devoted himself particularly to composing ballads , but also wrote dramas and short stories . His cousin Maximilian von Lingg was Bishop of Augsburg.


Lingg completed his schooling at the Royal Bavarian school Kempten and then studied medicine at the universities of Munich , Freiburg , Berlin and Prague , received his doctorate in Munich in June 1843 with a thesis on the correlation of history of medicine and a history of the disease and resigned as assistant physician in the Bavarian Army . His battalion was used to suppress revolutionary uprisings in Baden (most recently in Rastatt and Donauwörth ). When he had to act contrary to his convictions (among the revolutionaries there were also some of his childhood friends), he fell into severe depression and paranoia, fled to the woods, was admitted to the military hospital in Munich in July 1849, released to relatives a few weeks later, in September In 1849 he was brought to the Winnenthal sanatorium , whose director Albert Zeller released him as cured in March 1850. Lingg moved to Munich, where he was retired and from then on devoted himself exclusively to historical and poetic studies, financially supported by King Max II .

Lingg first gained recognition through a collection of his poems introduced by Emanuel Geibel (Stuttgart 1853, 7th edition 1871 and Stuttgart 1868, 3rd edition 1874). His best-known work is Die Völkerwanderung (Stuttgart 1866–68, 3 vol.).

A pension and occasional financial support from friends such as B. Max von Pettenkofer and Justus von Liebig as well as the German Schiller Foundation enabled Lingg, who had re-stabilized psychologically, an adequate life. In 1854 he married a forest ranger's daughter. He met the writer Emanuel Geibel, who introduced him to the Munich poet group Die Krokodile . He wrote many poems, including the eponymous " The Crocodile of Singapore ".

His main estate is in the Bavarian State Library in Munich.

Lingg's grave can be viewed at the Old North Cemetery in Munich.

In 1906 a street in Munich was named after him (Hermann-Lingg-Strasse), as were the Linggstrasse in Nuremberg , Kempten (Allgäu) and Lindau (Lake Constance) .

Since 1839 he was a member of the Corps Suevia Munich .

Awards and honors


Hermann Lingg, approx. 1890
Wood engraving from the picture atlas on the history of German literature by Karl Friedrich Gustav Könnecke
  • Poems, 1853. Ed. 1854 online
  • Catiline. Drama , 1864. online
  • The Walkyren. A dramatic poem in three acts, 1865. online
  • The Great Migration . 3 vols., 1866/68. Volume 1 online , Volume 2 , Volume 3
  • Poems. Second volume, 1868. online
  • Patriotic Ballads and Chants, 1869. online
  • Publisher: Liebesblüthen from Germany's poets' grove. lyric anthology, 1869. online
  • Poems. Third volume , 1870. online
  • Poems of time. 1870. online
  • Walks through the international art exhibition in Munich. 1870. online
  • Violante. Tragedy. 1871. online
  • Dark forces. Epic seals. 1872. online
  • The defeat of cholera. Satyr drama, 1873. online
  • The Doge Candiano. Drama. 1873. online
  • Berthold Schwarz. Dramatic poetry. 1874. online
  • Macalda. Tragedy, 1877. online
  • Keystones. New poems , 1878. online
  • Byzantine short stories. 1881. online
  • Of forest and lake. Five novels. 1883.
  • Clytia. A scene from Pompeii. 1883.
  • Skald sounds. Book of ballads by contemporary poets (anthology, together with Countess Ballestrem ), 1883.
  • Högni's last military expedition. Nordic scene based on an Edda saga. 1884.
  • Lyrical. new poems, 1885.
  • The Bregenz Klause. Drama (revision of the novel of the same name published in 1883). 1887.
  • Annual rings. New poems. 1889
  • Furrows. New novellas. 1889
  • The Great Migration . 2nd ed. 1892
  • Dramatic seals. Complete edition, 1897/99.
  • My life journey. Autobiography, 1899. online
  • Closing Rhythms and Latest Poems. 1901


  • Günter Häntzschel:  Lingg, Hermann Ritter von. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 14, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1985, ISBN 3-428-00195-8 , p. 623 f. ( Digitized version ).
  • Walter Knote: Hermann Lingg and his lyrical poetry. Mayr, Würzburg 1936.
  • Emil Pfaff: Hermann Lingg as an epic poet. Ebering, Berlin 1925.
  • Frieda Port: Hermann Lingg. A life story. Beck, Munich 1912.
  • Harald Salfellner (ed.): With pen and scalpel. Vitalis, Prague 2014.
  • Arnulf Sonntag: Hermann Lingg as a poet. Lindauer, Munich 1908.
  • Manfred Zschiesche: Hermann Lingg. An appearance of the German late classicism. With special consideration of his dramas. Korn, Breslau 1940.
  • Article German poets: Hermann Lingg in: Illustrirte Zeitung. 39: 428-430 (1862).

Web links

Wikisource: Hermann Lingg  - Sources and full texts
Commons : Hermann Lingg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ralf Lienert: One of the oldest schools in Bavaria: The Carl-von-Linde-Gymnasium celebrates its 200th anniversary on October 2nd. In: all-in.de, August 30, 2004 (accessed January 10, 2016).
  2. ^ Kösener corps lists 1910, 178 , 247.