From this scene to the end we are to see Wotan gradually forced into a corner.
But one day there came to the mountainside the largest giant Wotan had ever seen.
He is the son of Wotan, who is known to him only as Wolfing, of the race of the Volsungs.
Wotan did not stop to think what an awful thing it would be to lose Freya.
At the end of the first we have seen that Wotan's Master-idea is a delusion.
He was waiting now for Wotan to awaken and to give to him the beautiful Freya.
A Valkyrie comes to her and tells her that Wotan's spear is broken, and advises her to give the ring to the Rhine nymphs.
Alberich was gone, and there at Wotan's feet hopped the tiny toad.
Wotan dreamed of a wonderful stone castle with glittering towers.
But Wotan drew the ring from the dwarf's finger, then set him free.