Alberich's curse

Alberich’s curse

on the Rhinegold ring: possessor will die. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Rhinegold, Westerman, 233]
See: Evil
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Most importantly of all, Morgan pinpoints Alberich's curse in Das Rheingold as encapsulating, for the first time, "all the major features of Tolkien's Ring" and proceeds to summarize them as follows:
His defeat, the Rhinedaughters' unchallenged repossession of their treasure and its cleansing by fire, water and sacrificial love reverse the original effects of Alberich's curse. Valhalla is seen burning in the heavens, not as was once feared because of an assault by the forces of darkness, but because Wotan himself is essentially echoing Brunnhilde's self-immolation on an altogether grander scale, putting an end to the whole world order that was founded on the Ring's corruption, making spectacular amends for his own original sin and embracing a Schopenhauerian dissolution of the will to live--"smil[ing] into eternity" (Gotterdammerung 100).
The 'blackening of the sun' proceeds by means of Alberich's curse, which transforms the ring's brightness (C major) into darkness.