Opera Stories from Wagner
By Florence Akin

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The Doom of Valhalla

Siegfried had been away several days.

Brunhilde sat looking far out over the valley.

She was thinking of Siegfried and of how he was proving his courage to the world.

She lifted her hand to her lips and kissed the ring, Siegfried’s pledge of love.

“Heiho! hoyotoho! heiho!” came from the valley below.

Brunhilde sprang to her feet with the answer:–

“Heiho! hoyotoho! heiho!”

Could it be that one of her sisters was coming to see her?

Was it possible that one of the Walkuere would so far dare Wotan’s wrath as to venture to the mountain’s crest?

Nearer came the call:–

“Heiho! hoyotoho! heiho!”

And a battle-maiden came in sight.

Brunhilde was very happy to see her sister again, but the battle-maiden looked sad.

She brought bad news from Valhalla.

She and Brunhilde sat down upon the rock, and the battle-maiden told the sad story of the last days of the giants.

“Brunhilde,” she said, “Wotan does not know that I have come. Valhalla is in deepest gloom.

“Wotan has never sent us to a battlefield since that day when we last saw you.

“Not long ago he came home with his magic spear broken into splinters. He sat down and buried his face in his hands, and there he sits day after day.

“He tell us the giants are passing from the earth. A little while and Valhalla shall be no more.

“He refuses all of Freya’s golden fruit. He has grown very old and very sad.

“Yesterday I heard him say, ’Oh! if Brunhilde would only give the ring back to the Rhine-daughters, and release the world from the terrible curse of gold!’

“And, Brunhilde, I have come to beg of you, will you not give the ring back to the Rhine-daughters?”

Brunhilde clasped the ring close to her breast.

“Give the ring to the Rhine-daughters?” she cried.

Then she looked far away toward the valley––and Siegfried.

“This ring of mine is Siegfried’s pledge of love!”


More About the Stories  •  The Rhine-Gold  •  Alberich  •  The Careless Rhine-Daughters  •  The Theft  •  The Sad Rhine-Daughters  •  A Castle On the Rhine  •  The Morning  •  The Payment  •  Loki  •  Youth or Age?  •  Nibelheim  •  The Best Smith in Nibelheim  •  The Master  •  The Boaster  •  The Wishing-Cap  •  The Trick  •  The Curse  •  The Greedy Fafner  •  A Slave to Gold  •  The Beautiful Valhalla  •  The Walkuere  •  The Valiant Siegmund  •  Hunding’s Wife  •  Hunding  •  The War-Maidens  •  Wotan’s Wife  •  Wotan and Brunhilde  •  Off to the Battlefield  •  The Flight  •  The Punishment  •  The Sleep  •  The Magic Fire  •  Siegfried  •  The Dragon  •  A Baby in the Forest  •  Mimi and the Baby  •  Siegfried and His Friends  •  The Broken Sword  •  A Big Brown Bear  •  Siegfried and Mimi  •  Siegfried Mends His Father’s Sword  •  Siegfried Goes to Fight the Dragon  •  A Wood-Bird’s Song  •  Siegfried and the Dragon  •  A Change Comes Over Siegfried  •  Mimi Has a Surprise  •  Mimi and Alberich Stop to Quarrel Too Long  •  Siegfried Reaches the Mountain  •  Siegfried Learns What Fear Is  •  The Awakening  •  Goetterdaemmerung  •  A Song of the Present  •  A Song of the Future  •  A Pledge of Love  •  The Doom of Valhalla  •  Love