Siegfried badet im Drachenblut - Zac Sawyer Picture

Siegfried Bathes in Dragon's blood
Based on a scene from Fritz Lang's 'Nibelungen'

Siegfried is the third of the four operas that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. It premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on 16 August 1876, as part of the first complete performance of The Ring. This part of the opera is primarily inspired by the story of the legendary hero Siegfried in Norse mythology. Siegfried is a young man without fear. Here he has just slain Fafnir, (a giant who had transformed himself into a dragon, using the magic Tarnhelm), and who is guarding the Nibelung gold, which includes the Ring.
After killing the dragon, Siegfried then bathed in its blood, which rendered him invulnerable. Unfortunately for Siegfried, a leaf fell onto his back from a linden tree, and the small patch of skin that the leaf covered did not come into contact with the dragon's blood, leaving Siegfried vulnerable in that single spot.

based on a scene from the film 'Nibelungen: Siegfried' by Fritz Lang.

Die Nibelungen (The Nibelungs) is a series of two silent fantasy films created by Austrian director Fritz Lang in 1924: 'Die Nibelungen: Siegfried' and 'Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge'. The screenplays for both films were co-written by Lang's then-wife Thea von Harbou, based upon the epic poem 'Nibelungenlied' written around AD 1200. Although well received and highly praised by Dr. Josef Goebbels, it is not the same story as to be found in Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', although many of the characters are identical.
Lang claimed that Goebbels told him how the Führer loved his films, and asked him to produce films for the Reich.
The original film, with the reconstructed orchestral score, is available on 'Ebay'.

for more information about Fritz Lang, 'Nibelungen', and his other film, including 'Metropolis', see: deutschland1880-1945.blogspot.…

for the full story of Siegfried and Wagner, and many more images - many by Zac, see:…
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