Siegfried: Act One, Scene Two - Mime's forge: Mime and the Wanderer (Wotan)
Wotan, dressed now in disguise as the Wanderer, with a broad hat covering his missing eye, and carrying his Spear as his walking staff, enters Mime’s cave, but Mime is immediately, instinctively hostile and unsociable, unwilling to welcome a stranger as guest, particularly one as thoughtful and reflective as the Wanderer proves to be. Wotan will propose a contest of knowledge whose sole purpose is to expose Mime – Wotan’s prosaic “self” - as inherently unable to grasp what he needs to know in order to obtain redemption:
([[ #112: ]] The wanderer (Wotan) enters from the forest through the door at the back of the cave. He is wearing a long, dark-blue cloak; he carries a spear as a staff. On his head he wears a hat with a broad, round brim, which hangs down over his face.)
Wanderer: (#113 vari: [with a musical development of extraordinary nobility]) with good men I’ve rested as their guest, many have granted me gifts: (#5?:) for he who’s ungracious fears misfortune (:#113).