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#?: [perhaps something Siegfried sang to the Woodbird, or the Woodbird sang to Siegfried, in s.2.3?]) Unknown to him, he was tamed by my magic (#92?) spells (:#141 vari; :#? [perhaps music referencing Siegfried’s conversation with the Woodbird in S.2.3?]) (#141?) (#143? [or some other music associated in S.3.3 with Bruennhilde’s request that Siegfried not destroy her through his love? Could it reference some music in V.3.1 associated with Bruennhilde’s announcement that Sieglinde carries the world’s greatest hero in her womb, &/or Bruennhilde’s naming of Siegfried, perhaps #92c, #93, or the special #57 vari which are heard there?]) which ward him now against wounds (:#143? [or other S.3.3 or V.3.1 references?]).

 

Hagen: (#173 vari:) And so no weapon can harm him (:#173 vari)? (#167)

 

Bruennhilde: In battle, no! (#50>>: [did Dunning intend to place #150 vari here?]) but – if you struck him in the back (:#50 [or perhaps #150 vari?]). (#15/#150 vari = (#@: d or e?:) [the spectacularly expressive music from bruennhilde’s remark above: “Not a single art was known to me … .”]) Never, I knew (:#15/#150 vari = (#@: d or e?)), (#92:) would he yield to a foe, (#92:; #15 vari:) never, fleeing, present his back (:#92); (#57) (#150/#15 vari = (#@: d or e?:) [from Bruennhilde’s remark: “Not a single art was known to me … .”]) so I spared it the spell’s protection (:#150/#15 vari = (#@: d or e?). (#141 frag; #150 vari)

 

Hagen: (#5 or #151?:; #164:; #34 or #33b?:) And there my spear shall strike him (:#5 or #151?; :#164; :#34 or #33b?)!

The sword which will sever (indeed, has already severed) Siegfried’s muse Bruennhilde - his source of unconscious artistic inspiration - from Siegfried the artist-hero, is of course Alberich’s curse on the Ring, the curse of consciousness, the inevitability that all who once were unconscious will rise to consciousness. And of course, Siegfried already employed Nothung itself - the phallus which once planted the seed of the poet’s hidden intent in his womb of inspiration, the sword which formerly represented art as a restoration of lost innocence, a return to feeling (love) from thinking (power) - to sever himself from his muse Bruennhilde. The fact that Nothung also stands for the phallus which once delivered the seed of Siegfried’s poetic intent to the womb of Wotan’s (mankind’s) wishes, Bruennhilde, giving birth to redemptive works of art, and that Siegfried turned it into an anti-phallus by employing it to insure that he could no longer inseminate his muse with his poetic intent, meant that inevitably what once was unconscious would rise to consciousness, what once was only felt (music) will rise to consciousness as thought, what once was experienced as love will retroactively be interpreted as merely an incipient will to power.

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