Dear Denizens of Wagnerheim.com:
I just wanted to wish you all a glorious holiday season and spectacular New Year.
This coming year, for the first time in nearly 4 years, I'll be able to return to where I left off in my long-term plan to rewrite my online "Ring" book for publication. Once I've achieved this, my next step is to write a second volume concerning my unique interpretation of Wagner's other canonical works, which will include "The Flying Hollander," "Tannhaeuser," "Lohengrin," "Tristan and Isolde," "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," and "Parsifal."
I'm sure I've mentioned this in this discussion before, but it's worth recalling again a striking chord of similarity in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" and Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" and other variants of the Wandering Jew Legend. To be specific, when Marley tells Scrooge that he is condemned to wander, endlessly and without rest, to witness what he might have shared in life but failed to, happiness, and to agonize over his inability now ever again to bring happiness to others, and therefore to never truly die, and to live on in a twilight existence unredeemed, and then shows Scrooge the fate of other ghosts like himself who wander the world unredeemed (think here also of Wotan and Kundry), this can't help reminding us of Wagner's take on the Flying Dutchman legend.
Of course, in its inner truth, this legend's subject isn't about any particular ethnic or racial group. It was believed by many Christians that the Jews, having declined to recognize Christ as their sole savior, would wander the world endlessly and without rest, unredeemed, but of course that concept is nonsense. What is not nonsense is Wagner's inner recognition that this is an image of man and woman in their universal truth, per his depiction of this concept in his later characters, Wotan, Tristan, Amfortas and Kundry.
So, with these Christmas thoughts for the day, I say, Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a goodnight!
Your friend from Wagnerheim
Paul Brian Heise alias Alberich00
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