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[[#28]] The Gods' Need to Honor Their Contracts To Maintain the Peace

Commonly known as the “Treaty Motif”

(#28 based on #21; in same family as #32b, #60, #62, #81Ab, part of #83, #96ab, #137, #164, and possibly #115; inversion related to #47 and #82)

[See #27 for #28’s dramatic context]


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[[#29]] “Freia’s Golden Apples” of sorrowless youth eternal (immortality)

Representing the illusory promise of religion, that select human beings (such as the heroes inspired to martyrdom by the Valkyries, who are resurrected to serve Wotan and the gods of Valhalla in the final battle with Alberich and his host of night) will, after death, enjoy the gods’ immortality. Freia’s golden apples of immortality assuage man’s fear of death (Fafner)

 (#29 basis of #31)

“Fafner: [To Fasolt] (#33b hint?) Holding Freia helps us little; much, however, will be gained if we wrest her away from the gods. [[ #29 ]] golden apples grow in her garden. She alone knows how to tend them; the taste of the fruit confers on her kinsfolk endlessly never-aging youth; [[ #30a ]] but sick and wan, their bloom will wither, [[ #30b ]] old and weak they'll waste away, if Freia they have to forego, so let her be plucked from their midst! (#29; #26a)

 

Wotan: Loge delays too long!


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[[#30ab]] “Godhead Lost”

The fact that Valhalla, the gods’ allegedly transcendent, heavenly realm, was built by the giants (man’s egoistic instincts) while the gods slept (i.e., during the stage of human evolution when man was collectively dreaming the gods into existence by involuntarily creating a mythology to explain man’s existence), proves that to acknowledge this debt would be tantamount to denying the reality of the gods, and of redemption. Thus, Fafner’s threat to deprive the gods of their immortality by taking Freia from them, is as much a mortal threat to religious faith, as is the gods’ debt to the Giants for building Valhalla.

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