A furious-looking Hagen wields a spear, ready to strike Siegfried who is drinking from a spring with his back turned to him. Below and above the main motif, smaller illustrations related to the story are framed with ornamental vegetation.
The caption reads in the original German:
Er schoß durch das Kreuz ihn, daß aus der Wunde sprang
Das Blut ihm von dem Herzen auf gegen Hagens Gewand.
The caption in English was taken from Daniel Bussier Shumway’s translation of The Nibelungenlied published in Boston & New York by the Houghton Mifflin Company, 1909.