Wagner is Metal

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Wagner’s music and aesthetics have been extremely influential on various modern subcultures and fandoms.

As one fan wrote about the opera Die Walküre:  “Black Metal Is Wagner.”

The metal band Apocalyptica reimagines Wagner’s life:

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As Sir Christopher Lee noted, “Metal is a direct evolution of the sounds Wagner imagined.”

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Just to make worlds collide even harder: J.R.R. Tolkien used the same source material as Richard Wagner, though, as a patriotic Englishman and a hater of bigotry, he tried to deny it.

Read “The Ring and The Rings.”

Read “Tolkien, Wagner, and the Rings of Power.”

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P.S. Just how metal is Wagner? Well, in the score of Das Rheingold, he calls for 18 ANVILS — nine small, six medium, and three large — to signify the metalwork of the dwarves.. The anvils are all tuned to F, three octaves apart, and are played offstage during a scene when two of the principal characters, Loge and Wotan, descend into Nibelheim, the underground land of the dwarves.

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