Siegfried, a Romance; Founded on Wagner's Operas, Reingold, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung

Siegfried, a Romance; Founded on Wagner's Operas, Reingold, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...upon him, and nearly blew him from his feet. He clung to the rocks for safety, when suddenly, after the wind had passed, he saw a dark form appear. Then the moon broke forth from the clouds and revealed to his sight a tall man wrapped in a long cloak, with a slouched hat on his head, and bearing in his hand a mighty spear. Instantly he knew him. This was Wotan, who had robbed him of his treasure. In a paroxysm of rage he addressed him. "Wotan, thou wanderer, what has brought thee hither?" he exclaimed. "Art thou come to see and gloat over my misery? I was the king of the gnomes; I had as mine own all the gold veins of the earth from which to draw riches. I was possessor of the Niebelungen hoard. Of all hast thou plundered me. And for what? To redeem Freia at no cost to thyself. Thou didst covenant with the giants to build thy Walhalla, because in thy pride thou wouldst have a palace worthy for the fEsir to dwell in, that thou mightest strut and flourish as a god before the sons of Earth, brought to banquet with thee from the battle-field. Puffed up with vanity, thou didst think thy sister Freia too good to be given to the Frost-giants, who could build where all the gods were helpless to lay one stone on another. And to redeem the pink-faced, blue-eyed Freia from them, thou didst defraud me. God art thou! Bah! a scurvy thief." "Silence, hideous gnome," retorted Wotan. "The Rhine-gold was not thine. Thou didst steal it from the Water-sprites." "That may be, Wotan," said Alberich; "the god thieved what the elf had stolen. He gave to the Ice-giants what was not his. Thief of a thief at least art thou." "The end justifies the means," replied the Wanderer....show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236810015
  • 9781236810014