By Burton D. Fisher
A handy and accomplished pocket-sized consultant to Wagner's the hoop of the NIBELUNG cycle, that includes historic history, political, social, and fiscal forces which nurtured and encouraged the tune drama, operatic structural suggestions made by way of Wagner, and the composer's interpretation of the interior that means of the dramas. A better half to the OPERA trips MINI advisor sequence for the person track dramas: THE RHINEGOLD, THE VALKYRIE, SIEGFRIED, and THE TWILIGHT OF THE GODS.
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The catastrophe of the Ragnarok was unpreventable but was not the end of the cosmos: a new world was destined to rise again because two humans had taken shelter in Yggdrasil, the sacred tree of wisdom and knowledge; they emerged afterwards to repopulate the earth.
Ymir’s wounds flooded the land and drowned all his frost children, except his grandson, Bergelmir, who escaped with his wife and continued the race of Giants and their hatred of the Gods. From Ymir’s body the fierce-eyed Wotan made man and woman from splinters of wood found floating Exploring Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung Page 32 in the water; all of these descendents of the human race inhabited the Midgard. But wars raged across the birthing world, and Borr’s sons, led by the chief God, Wotan, struggled against the Giants.
After fire melted the ice, and warm air from the south collided with the chill from the north, drops of moisture began to fall into the gaping chasm of Ginnungagap. Over time, the drops quickened and hardened, formed a mass, and then the first life form evolved: Audhumla, the primeval cow. From Audhumla’s tears “flowed four rivers of milk” that nurtured Ymir, the first frost Giant who became the implacable enemy of the Gods. Audhumla survived by licking the salty ice that ultimately released Borr, or Buri, the ancestor of the Gods.
Exploring Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung (Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series) by Burton D. Fisher