Crispiest Fortune on March 2, 2008
Bet you didn't think I'd get all "cultured" on your asses, huh?
Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is a cycle of four epic music dramas by the German composer Richard Wagner. The operas are based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied. The works are often referred to as "The Ring Cycle", "Wagner's Ring", or simply "The Ring".
Wagner wrote the libretto and music over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. The four operas that constitute the Ring cycle are, in the order of the imagined events they portray:
* Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold)
* Die WalkÃƒÂ¼re (The Valkyrie)
* GÃƒÂ¶tterdÃƒÂ¤mmerung (Twilight of the Gods)
The plot revolves around a magic ring that grants the power to rule the world, forged by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich from gold stolen from the river Rhine. Several mythic figures struggle for possession of the Ring, including Wotan (Odin), the chief of the Gods. Wotan's scheme, spanning generations, to overcome his limitations, drives much of the action in the story. The hero Siegfried wins the Ring, as Wotan intended, but is eventually betrayed and slain. Finally, the Valkyrie BrÃƒÂ¼nnhilde, Siegfried's lover and Wotan's estranged daughter, returns the Ring to the Rhine. In the process, the Gods are destroyed.
And I'm sure, The Ring has more in common with The Lord of the Rings, but those movies suck noodles. (Cue the hate mail.) :)
BONUS: 1957 saw the premiere of the Merrie Melodies cartoon short, "What's Opera, Doc?" The film features Bugs Bunny being chased by Elmer Fudd through a seven-minute operatic parody of Richard Wagner's operas, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) and TannhÃƒÂ¤user. It is sometimes characterized as a condensed version of Wagner's Ring, and its music borrows heavily from the second opera Die WalkÃƒÂ¼re, woven around the standard Bugs-Elmer conflict.
Originally released to theaters by Warner Bros. on July 6, 1957, "What's Opera, Doc?" features the speaking and singing voices of Mel Blanc as Bugs and Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer. The short is also sometimes informally referred to as "Kill the Wabbit" after the line sung by Fudd to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," the second opera of The Ring.
Check it out here.
I guess that's about it. I'm using my own scripts now, so the comics shouldn't be as long as last week's. But you never know...
See ya next week!