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  • Twilight of the Gods
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  • Brünnhilde

  • Mime the dwarf

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  • Hagen :

    Hagen dominates the "Twilight of the Gods". He is certainly is a remarkable character. Endowed with an exceptional power of dissimulation and influence, he manipulates the Gibichungen at his will since a long time.

    In a sense he is an " alien " embarked on a spatial vessel, a "mole" in the service of his father. Always sad, he is somewhat afraid of, but laughed at. His mother brought him up with resentment, making him feel the inferiority of his rank. He is a half-hero, as Loge is a demi-god.The result is identical: resentment, repressed spirit, desire to burn down everything for one, cold hatred for another.

    He does not want to get involved with the heroes, as Loge does not want to get involved with the Gods. One of the musical themes of Loge is a shrill parody of the theme of Walhalla.

    Hagen's musical blazon, accentuates the threatening role of the son of the Nibelung, is a fanfare uniting the theme of the Rheingold to that of Nibelungen and Walhalla. Loge is fast and he burns Siegfried's veins. Hagen is slow and floods Siegfried under malefic waves of disinformation. He will finish in his turn drowned by the Rhinemaidens.

    One of Hagen's themes is obsessing and almost parody. This theme describes well the technique of suggestion: the relentless repetition of the same affectionate and venomous intervals. It is of the same motiv family as that of the "little scheme" with Mime, and as the motive of Sieglinde when she tries to discover the identity of Siegmund.

    One of Hagen's traits is black humor, contrasting with the light irony of Loge. He expresses himself briefly but with the greatest efficiency. It is interesting to observe how he manipulates Gunther and how he steers Gutrune: by glances and gestures.As hypnotized, the Gibichungen obey him. It is interesting to note that Siegfried has the impression to have seen him somewhere.

    He looks at him thoughtfully and with the certain distrust. Hagen is a legalist. He makes Siegfried swear on his Lance, like that of treaties, and takes good care of establishing his fault on public. When Siegfried's arm rises, when Brünnhilde appears, he does not dare to defy the opinion of the people and to seize the Ring when nothing would stop him. He prefers to wait for the further developments and a convenient occasion: when Brünnhilde will disappear.

    Last remark. Hagen does not kill Gunther from behind like Fafner killed Fasolt. He fights with him and proves to be as the stronger one. This tells us a lot about the force and the courage of Gunther the Gibichung. Brünnhilde contemptuously indicates the degeneration of this race. After all, the "mentally defective" is not the one we think: it is not the illegitimate child Hagen, but Gunther - the legitimate one. Both Gibichungen are totally dominated by their half brother, as their respective motives testify. The famous descending quinte of Hagen is the antithesis of the merry ascending quinte of Siegfried's corn. It also sounds in the fanfares of the marriage.

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