The Ethics of Wagner's the Ring of the Nibelung
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...does not punish her. She has " shaped the stroke" for herself. Against the will that "awoke her to life" she has battled. Wish-maiden, she has wished against him; shield-maiden, against him she has turned her shield; lot-chooser, against him she has turned her choice; hero-stirrer, she has stirred the heroes against him. And so she shall be a wish-maiden no more, a Valkyrie no more, but henceforth only a woman. Brynhildr is filled with awe and sorrow at these words. She is disowned. No more shall she bear dead heroes to Valhalla, no more go forth from its walls, no more shall she carry the flagon of mead in the halls of the Esir! No more shall Wotan kiss his best beloved child! She is disgraced, degraded, exiled, banished forever. The Valkyries break forth into woeful cries for their sister, and for themselves. Brynhildr asks if all is to be taken from her, and learns that such will be the case. The curse of Wotan shall cast her into sleep, in which she may be seized by any man who chances to find and awaken her. The Valkyries implore their father to recall the curse and the "grievous disgrace." They plead for their sister's freedom. But Wotan commands them to go and leave their sister to her doom, threatening all who may aid her with a like punishment, and he exiles them from the mountain and from the Valkyries' Rock. The awe-stricken daughters of the god then hasten to their steeds, and depart with moans and cries. Brynhildr sinks to the feet of Wotan. They are in silence and alone, and she raises her eyes to the eyes of her father. Then she slowly rises to her feet, and asks if what she has done is so base, so dishonorable, that it shall deprive her of honor forevermore. Will the " Host-father ..".