Ring of the Nibelung

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German myth a magic ring on which the dwarf Alberich placed a curse after it was stolen from him
the four operas by Wagner, Das Rheingold (1869), Die Walküre (1870), Siegfried (1876), and Götterdämmerung (1876), based on this mythOften shortened to: The Ring
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Ring of the Nibelung
[ (nee-buh-loong) ]

A series of four operas by Richard Wagner, based on stories from Norse mythology; the central story is that of Siegfried and Brünnhilde. As the Ring ends, the gods are about to be overcome. The four operas of the Ring are The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and The Twilight of the Gods.

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