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[[#161]] “Hagen’s Watch Motif” – By giving his muse Bruennhilde and her secrets away to his audience (Gunther), Siegfried unwittingly fulfills Alberich's prophecy that Wotan's heroes will serve him, by bringing Alberich's hoard of knowledge (embodied by the Ring) up from the silent depths to the light of day

(#161 is based directly on #45, which is essentially a variation of #5ab with #19’s harmony, via intermediate transformations of #5ab such as #15 and #13, and #41)

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[[#162ab]] Hagen’s envy of those who enjoy the subjective, heartfelt consolations of illusion in religion, art, and love, and intent to venge himself upon them for co-opting his father Alberich’s Ring power without paying its price

(#162ab’s motival links, if any, not yet ascertained; but Dunning detects #37’s influence.)

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[[#163]] Bruennhilde’s query of Waltraute: Perhaps Wotan relented in his intent to punish Bruennhilde, because his punishment (leaving her to be woken solely by a fearless hero) has become her blessing, since she has won Siegfried’s love

(#163’s motival links, if any, not yet ascertained; but I speculate it may owe something to music which accompanied #99 in V.3.3, when Bruennhilde had finally persuaded Wotan to protect her vulnerable sleep with a ring of protective fire so she would be woken by, and wed to, only a fearless hero (in the event, Siegfried), and he became, one last time, tender towards her as he reminisced about the past, and contemplated the anguish of never seeing her again, while leaving a freer man than himself heir to Bruennhilde)

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[[#164]] Bruennhilde’s loving union with Siegfried, which Wotan hoped would redeem gods and world from Alberich's Ring-curse, Bruennhilde comes to see as the most sadistic refinement of Wotan's punishment (and of Alberich's curse)

(#164 is the last entry in a series of motif transformations, first described by Cooke, which started with #21. #21 transformed into #81A, #81A into #81B [Representing Wotan’s intent to punish Bruennhilde before Bruennhilde persuaded him to allow only Siegfried to wake and win her], #81A into #96ab, #96ab into #137 [Siegfried’s

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