Besides these musical and cinematic embodiments, two additional manifestations of the Nibelung
material are treated briefly.
The composer was interested in German heroic poetry and based the librettos for the Ring cycle on the epic story of Nibelung
. As the story unfolds, we learn about the struggles of gods, heroes and mythical creatures over the magic ring that gives domination over the entire world.
The great symbolic beginning of the cycle occurs in Rheingold when the misshapen Nibelung
dwarf Alberich, in an act of original sin, steals the Rheingold, a lump of gold watched over in the river by three Rhinemaidens.
The chief rival to the Nibelung
brothers, Wotan (disguised as the Wanderer in Siegfried) is in some ways the cycle's keystone, for it is as much through his actions as anyone's that matters in the Ring come to such a pretty pass.
Wagner's compositions include The Ring of the Nibelung
and Tristan und Isolde .
As her dreams intensify and certain powers begin to manifest, she learns that she may possess the DNA of a mythical Nibelung
, a race of warriors described by Wagner in his famous opera cycle.
The festival program is complemented by a short version of "The Ring of the Nibelung
" for children.
I'll bring you all to heel!" Throughout Stephen's outburst "The Mother" is praying for him, even in the "agony of her deathrattle." Then, shouting an allusion to Wagner's mytho-poetic opera Der Ring des Nibelung
, Stephen smashes the chandelier, whereupon, "Time's livid final flame leaps and, in the following darkness, ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppling masonry" (Joyce 1986, 475).
Our final target is the Ring of the Nibelung
(Ferrero 27) in Draco.
The production of Das Rheingold innovative with the orchestra onstage and action from the singers occurring in the pit (Rheinmaidens, Alberich, and the Nibelung
), while Wotan and the Gods were above the orchestra, with other singers all over the stage and around the orchestra.
During a boat trip down the Rhine, Lotte Fairbrook admires the vineyards, woods, castles, and ruins along the banks of the river, muses over Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung
and the Nibelungenlied, and sings together with her fellow Germans Heine's "Lorelei" when the Rock of the Lorelei comes into view.
The story that Tolkien tells is an original one, but the telling of it draws on many Celtic, Germanic, and Nordic mythological and legendary sources; thus, the similarities to Richard Wagner's epic "The Ring of the Nibelung
" operatic tetralogy (a four-opera work), one of the towering monuments in Western art--as Tolkien drew on some of the same myths as Wagner.
The author organized the main body of his text in seven chapters devoted to Richard WagnerEs ideal, art and philosophy, an outline of the drama Jesus of Nazareth, The Ring of the Nibelung
or Tetralogy, Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal, and a variety of other related subjects.
Still in Dresden, he wrote a sketch of a Nibelung
legend in 1848, and while in exile in Switzerland he completed the poetic libretti of the four-part Ring of the Nibelung
, destined to be the grandest multi-media work of art of the nineteenth century.
Wagner composed music on a colossal scale, and his greatest work is the cycle of four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung
) an epic tale of a struggle to possess an all powerful ring to rule the world.