“One Ring to rule them all….”
There are many parallels between J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung. Both works centre around an all-powerful, but cursed, golden ring; dragons, hoards of gold and reforged swords also feature strongly in both works.
During his time at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, J. R. R. Tolkien taught himself old Norse and started a lifelong study of Norse mythology, in particular from his reading of Islandic poetry such as the Volsunga Saga, the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda.
These sources also formed the basis of the stories used in Wagner’s operas, so it’s no surprise that similar themes are found in both masterpieces.
Join us for BPO’s performance of Das Rheingold to see if you can find more links between Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Moria and Valinor, and Wagner’s Midgard, Nibelheim and Asgard.
Tickets can be purchased from the Symphony Hall website or from BPO members.