Nibelungen

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  • Norse Norse (culture)
  • Humanoid Humanoid (attribute)
  • Cave Dweller Cave Dweller (attribute)
  • Sorcery and Medicinal Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
  • Friendly Friendly (behaviour)
  • Dwarves Dwarves (common type)

A race of Dwarves from the mythology of Norway. They lived in Nidaveller the land of the Dwarves. They are mentioned in Richard Wagner’s (181383) opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Wagner also mentions a specific Dwarf called Nybling. Before composing the opera, Wagner spent a lot of time researching Norse mythology to find a great epic to recreate.

The Nibelungen mentioned in the title of this opera refers to Albreich. Alberich forges a ring that has the power to rule the world. May people favour this rings including Wotan the chief Norse god. The hero Siegfried who is Wotan’ss grandson, wins the ring as Wotan intended. However Siegfried is betrayed and slain. In the end Siegfried’s lover takes the ring and gives it to the Rhinemaidens for safe keeping. By the close of this epic story, the gods and their homeland known as Valhalla is destroyed.

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