I recently discussed the Armanen concept of the Rose Garden as representing the nursery of our race. http://armanen.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-red-rose-as-germanic-racial-symbol.html The red rose is symbolical of our Ario-Germanic race, the red symbolising its vital and sacred blood. I also pointed out the analogy to the red beard of Donar who is the germinating power of our race. The red rose on a white background is an ancient heraldic symbol of Deutschland, the white representing the realm in which the Armanen initiates ruled. There are many mediaeval German legends that are connected with the central legend of Das Nibelungenlied including the southern German legend of the dwarf King Laurin and his Rose Garden.
Significantly Otto Rahn in his Lucifer's Court (1937) refers to this legend with reference to the God Donar:
"The buck and rose were sacred to the god Donar-Thor. I must ask, is Thor the brother of King Laurin, who spanned his Tyrolean rose garden with a silk thread to stop all unworthy intruders? If Thor is Laurin's brother, who was at home in those German lands, which gave a life that lasted a thousand years, did he travel a clear road to a fiery mountain? According to Wolfram von Eschenbach, Laurin said to King Dietrich von Bern: 'You still have fifty years to live, and you would also like to be a strong hero. Nevertheless death will overcome you. Yet know that my brother at home in German lands is able to give a thousand-year life. You need only choose a mountain that is ablaze inside. Then you will be akin to eathly gods!"
Rahn has more to say in his book about this connection:
"I know of three rose gardens. The second was near Worms, somewhere near the remains of the monastery of Laurisham-Lorsch, near where we find a memorial for the victims of the world war. Siegfried is also said to rest there, if this godlike warrior was a man of flesh and blood. In fact, the designation rose garden was commonly used in earlier times for a cemetry. As I only recently became aware, such a rose garden and cuttings from a rose hedge were 'essential to a ritual consecrated to the thunder god Donar-Thor for the cremation of the dead by firethorn.' In this way, the bodies of our dead pagan ancestors were turned to ash in a blazing fire of rose thorn, and Donar-Thor was the rose garden's divine lord."
The rose garden was guarded by "twelve heroes of the Rhine, one of whom was Siegfried" (Rahn). Kriemhild, the wife of Siegfried had invited the great hero Dietrich von Bern (Theoderic the Great) with twelve other warriors to compete with Siegfried, the winner receiving a rose and a kiss from her. The winner of this conflict was not Siegfried but Dietrich.