“Characters have to make hard choices with very little time to ponder the merits of each action,” Darren says of the appeal of Norse tales, “Sometimes, powerful desires outweigh virtues and the results are tragic.
Vienna (PRWEB) June 19, 2014
Norse gods and heroes come into conflict in composer Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” A cycle of four operas of epic proportion, “Der Ring des Nibelungen” is the story of dwarves, mythical creatures, men and a powerful ring.
Author T.C. Darren brings this opera to the page for those who might not want to sit through the 15 hours of four opera performances with his new book, “The Ring Of The Nibelung: The Rhine-gold and The Valkyrie” (published by iUniverse). Darren translates the first two operas in Wagner’s cycle in English and in prose form. They tell the story of Wotan, the All-Father, and his schemes to recover the Rhine-gold. The story’s catalyst is the theft of the Rhine-gold by the dwarf Alberich. This sets off a series of events that culminate with the appearance of the Valkyries, bearers of the dead, in the second act.
“Characters have to make hard choices with very little time to ponder the merits of each action,” Darren says of the appeal of Norse tales, “Sometimes, powerful desires outweigh virtues and the results are tragic. In short, it is a reflection of life as most of us experience it.”
An excerpt from “The Ring Of The Nibelung”:
“To the horror of the Rhine-daughters, he began to crawl up the side of the pinnacle, like some bizarre four-legged arachnid. With a shriek of fright, the Rhine-maidens realised Alberich’s intentions, and hurried to converge upon him. But when they came upon him, and caught sight of the demonic light that flashed from his eyes, they hesitated. None of them dared to touch the maddened dwarf.”
“The Ring Of The Nibelung”
By T.C. Darren
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 220 pages | ISBN 9780595672172
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 220 pages | ISBN 9780595354252
E-Book | 220 pages | ISBN 9780595799206
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
About the Author
T.C. Darren is a molecular cell biologist by training. He has a doctorate in bioengineering. His variety of interest in literature as well as music inspired his translation of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” It is his first book.
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