Title

Light and Darkness, Good and Evil: The Ring Cycle vs. The Lord of the Rings

Date

5-28-2015 3:00 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 3:15 PM

Location

Smith Hall (SH) 122

Department

Music

Session Chair

Diane Baxter

Session Title

Excellence in Graduate and Undergraduate Music Research

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Diane Baxter

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The similarities between Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings tend to overshadow the differences, for many aspects of the two stories, including the symbolism of light and darkness, are alike. The evil symbolized by darkness, however, takes different forms in the two works. In Wagner’s, it exists in the characters who misuse the amoral ring; in Tolkien’s, it exists as an independent force within the ring.

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May 28th, 3:00 PM May 28th, 3:15 PM

Light and Darkness, Good and Evil: The Ring Cycle vs. The Lord of the Rings

Smith Hall (SH) 122

The similarities between Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings tend to overshadow the differences, for many aspects of the two stories, including the symbolism of light and darkness, are alike. The evil symbolized by darkness, however, takes different forms in the two works. In Wagner’s, it exists in the characters who misuse the amoral ring; in Tolkien’s, it exists as an independent force within the ring.