This story is a retelling of the Rhinegold Myth. The original myth takes place along the Rhine River in Northern Germany during the Dark Ages. While the myth itself isn’t as well known as the Camelot legends, it has been used in whole or in part in many other works. J. R. Tolkien used elements of the myth in his Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s use of an all-powerful ring came straight from the Rhinegold myth. Richard Wagner, the great opera composer, based his masterpiece, the Ring Cycle, on the Rhinegold. The Ring Cycle consists of four operas that retell the myth in song and music. I the names of the operas have been used as the titles for the four parts of this story.
Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric scifi and fantasy stories. He has 13 books, 50 short stories and more than a dozen fiction writing articles published. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject.
Listen on demand to this excerpt of Wotan’s Dilemma by Hank Quense.
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