Saturday, April 7, 2012
It's another Illustration Friday Saturday where this week's prompt is "vocal".
And just who IS this opera Viking woman character anyway??
Quite simply it comes from the character of Brünnehilde in Wagner's opera the Ring of the Nebulung. The character is based on Norse mythology. Brynhildr, as she is known in the Norse legend, is a shieldmaiden ... a servant of Odin.
In Wagner's Ring Cycle, Siegfried slays the the dragon. Then enters the castle and awakens Brünnehilde by removing her helmet and cutting off her chainmail armour. He falls in love at first sight and proposes marriage to her with the magic ring.
Didn't know I was so cultured, didja!?
Okay... I googled it.