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Brunhild

(bro͞on`hĭld),

Brünnehilde

(brün'əhĭld`ə), or

Brynhild

(brĭn`hĭld), mighty female warrior of Germanic mythology and literature. In the Nibelungenlied, a medieval German epic poem (see under NibelungenNibelungen
or Nibelungs,
in Germanic myth and literature, an evil family possessing a magic hoard of gold. The hoard is accursed. The Nibelungenlied [song of the Nibelungen] is a long Middle High German epic by a south German poet of the early 13th cent.
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), she is the warlike queen of Iceland, whom Siegfried defeats in combat and wins for his brother-in-law, Gunther. Hating Siegfried, Brunhild contrives his death at the hands of Gunther's henchman, Hagen. In the Icelandic version of the story, the Volsungasaga, as Brynhild, she is the chief of the Valkyries. Sigurd (Siegfried) saves her from an enchanted stronghold, and the two fall in love. Later, Gudrun makes him forget Brynhild by means of a magic potion and takes him as her husband; Sigurd then wins Brynhild for Gunnar (Gunther). After bringing about Sigurd's death, Brynhild destroys herself on his funeral pyre. Wagner in his opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelungs, in which she is Brünnehilde, makes her a Valkyrie who defies her father, the god Wotan (see WodenWoden
, Norse Odin
, in Germanic religion and mythology, the supreme god. His cult, although widespread among the Germanic tribes, was sometimes subordinated to that of his son Thor.
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), to help the lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde. Wotan places her sleeping on a mountaintop surrounded by fire, from which she is rescued by Siegfried. He is made by magic to forget her, and for his unfaithfulness she brings about his death, her own death on his pyre, and the burning of Valhalla.

Brunhild

furiously vengeful concerning Kriemhild’s accusations of promiscuity. [Ger. Lit.: Nibelungenlied]
See: Anger

Brunhild

outdone in athletic competition by Gunther with invisible assistance. [Ger. Myth.: Nibelungenlied]
See: Deceit

Brunhild

disobeys father’s order to let Siegmund die. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Valkyrie, Westerman, 237]
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He and Brunnhilde (who is Wotan's daughter) shall be the redeemer and redemptrix of the world, replacing the old order of covenants with the new order of do whatever feels right.
Oblivious of her danger, Brunnhilde dotes on the Ring as the symbol of Siegfried's love and remains deaf to the entreaties of her sister valkyrie, Waltraute, who comes riding on the wings of storm to reveal that "The world's woes certainly stem from it" (102) and to urge her to return it to the Rhinedaughters.
Brunnhilde, on the other hand, has the luxury of not arriving until Act 3, so she's vocally fresh as a daisy.
Wotan, angry that Brunnhilde disobeyed his orders not to protect Siegmund, takes away her godhead and surrounds her in a ring of flames.
On the other hand, as Brunnhilde, Linda Watson showed a big voice in a state of disrepair, characterized by a wobble and pitch problems.
So Brunnhilde, similarly unleashing what is both love song and elegy for Siegfried, would bring about the end of a flawed universe.
Gudrun Schwarz finds that Brunhild of the medieval epic poem, more than Wagner's Brunnhilde whom his Siegfried loves and leaves, served as an image of Germanic womanhood for women in the Nazi period in their aspirations to power, seeing themselves through National Socialist propaganda as heroic female fighters for a new Germanic Empire and as belonging to the master race (pp.
Mathilde Wesendonck played a decisive part as a model for the characters not only of Sieglinde and Brunnhilde but also of Eva and Isolde.
Here, Siegfried, concealed in the cave, sang while Gunther mimed (in a robotic way); at the close of the act, when Siegfried has driven Brunnhilde into the cave, he re-emerged as himself, taking off the Tarnhelm.
She has made roles such as Brunnhilde, Isolde and Ariadne her own in a fascinating international career.
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James Levine conducts the entire cycle with leading roles sung by Jane Eaglen as Brunnhilde, Deborah Voigt as Sieglinde, Hanna Schwarz as Fricka, Birgitta Svenden as Erda, Felicity Palmer as Fricka, Sondra Radvanovsky as Gutrune, Heidi Grant Murphy as the Woodbird, Stig Anderson as Siegfried, Placido Domingo as Siegmund, Graham Clark as the Mime, Alan Held as Gunther, James Morris as Wotan and Ekkehard Wlaschiha as Alberich.