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Das Gold im neuen Altgeist

Michael Shipman


0. Prelude

Nordic legends play out along the River Rhine. This powerful and beautiful force of nature creates and molds people and ideas through countless ages. It knows the secrets of the uncreated gold, how it has been sought after and cherished, fought for and stolen. It is the force of blessings and curses, as it is forged in the hands of humans and gods. This is the unchanging center of the story told in this body of artworks. We see Rhine daughters emerging from the depths of the primary colors, moving among the waves of the blue and the gleam of the gold. They become gods and forge the gold into cities and monuments; they are condemned to a life of pain and toil. And they roam the world in search of the gold. The greatest of their cities is Walhalla, and the greatest of the gods is Wotan, the noble one, who gave an eye for power and his days for wandering the earth, striving to attain the gold he could not see.


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