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  • [T.3.3: B] (#170a/#164) Hagen returns and sadistically plays with Gutrune’s emotions, implying at first that Siegfried  is  returning home alive, (#159) only to tally the  list of things Siegfried can no longer  do because he is  dead, (#37) including sue for the hand of fair women.  Gutrune:  What are they bringing? Hagen: (#45) A wild boar's prey: Siegfried, your dead husband! She is overcome and blames Gunther for Siegfried's death.   973-975 

  • [T.3.3: C] Gunther blames Hagen and curses him. Hagen declares his murder of Siegfried  was justified (#159) atonement for breaking  his  oath. Hagen's  claim to the Ring is challenged by Gunther, who dies  fighting Hagen. As Hagen reaches for  the Ring on Siegfried's  finger, Siegfried's dead arm rises (#57)  to warn  Hagen away. Hagen backs off.    975-977 

  • [T.3.3: D] (#54) Bruennhilde arrives: (to all the Gibichungs) (#2) Silence your clamor! (#54) (#2) His wife, whom you all betrayed, (#54) comes in quest of (#87) revenge. (#87) No sound I heard of  a  worthy lament (#88)  befitting the greatest of heroes. Gutrune blames her for having  set the  men against Siegfried. Bruennhilde belittles Gutrune as having  been nothing more than Siegfried's  whore, while  (#134) Bruennhilde alone was his rightful wife. Gutrune blames Hagen for having given her the potion which made Siegfried betray Bruennhilde.    977-981

  • [T.3.3: E] (#115) Bruennhilde orders the men to prepare Siegfried’s funeral pyre: she'll join him in death riding her stallion Grane. Bruennhilde: (#140) How did  the purest hero betray everything he ever stood  for, (#40) especially his love for me, which (#165) no one has  betrayed as he did?  (#88) Do you know (#87) why that was so? Wotan, (#88) behold your  eternal guilt. (#96; #87) By his deed, which you desired, you implicated him  in the curse which also destroyed you. It was I the purest man  had to betray (#87) that a woman might grow wise.     981-985 

  • [T.3.3: F] Bruennhilde: (#87) All things I know! (#37) All is clear to me now! Wotan, (#161) I send your ravens home with (#51) anxiously awaited tidings [of Siegfried's  death]. You can rest [from your world-wandering in futile quest of redemption] (#59; #20c; #83), now, you god! (#20d)       985-989 

  • [T.3.3: G] (#115; #54; #2) Placing Siegfried’s Ring on her finger, Bruennhilde thanks the Rhinedaughters (#59; #174a) for their advice: from her ashes (#12) they can take the Ring and end its curse by (#174c) dissolving it in the Rhine. Bruennhilde: Safely guard the shining gold that was (#37) stolen to your undoing.   989-991

  • [T.3.3: H] (#54) Bruennhilde hurls a firebrand into Siegfried’s funeral pyre, commanding Wotan's  ravens to tell Loge to hasten to Valhalla to burn it. Bruennhilde: (#178 = #93) Effulgent fire seizes hold of my heart! To clasp him [Siegfried] to me, while held in my arms, and in mightiest love be wedded  to him. Riding Grane, she plunges into Siegfried's  funeral pyre: (#92c?) n bliss your wife bids you welcome.    991-997                                                               

  • [T.3.3: I] Gibichung Hall burns. (#4/#3) The Rhine overflows its banks and the  Rhinedaughters seize the Ring. Hagen, fearful he'll lose the Ring  forever, plunges in after them: 'Get back from the Ring!' They pull him  into the deep. (#4/#3; #20a; #178=#93) A fire on the  horizon lights up Valhalla: the gods and heroes are seen as Waltraute described them. The Gibichungs who experience these apocalyptic events are moved to the depths of their being.     997-1006 

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