Siegmund, unbeknownst to him the son of Wotan, flees his foes and ends
up in the house of one of them. He falls in love with the woman of the
house who shares his love. She drugs her husband, and the two fall into
each other’s arms. They discover that they are twins, but their ardor
still burns bright. In the gods’ domain, Brünnhilde, daughter of Wotan,
prepares on his orders to fight for Siegmund. Fricka, Wotan’s wife,
makes Wotan see that he must destroy his son because the god’s oaths
require it. Wotan countermands his order to Brünnhilde. When she meets
Siegmund, however, she decides to defy Wotan. Wotan has to appear
himself to give Sieglinde’s husband victory. Enraged at Brünnhilde,
Wotan pursues her and sentences her to be a mortal. She persuades him to
surround her with fire so that only a fearless man can win her.
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