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The Ring of the Nibelung, Vol. 1 (Ring of the Nibelung #1-2)

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A multiple Eisner Award winner, P. Craig Russell's adaptation of the Ring cycle by German composer Richard Wagner is about to be collected in a handsome two-volume set. Volume One, with new introductions and behind-the-scenes production art, presents The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie. The magical gold of the Rhine maidens is stolen, leading to a twisted story of vengeance and ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 16th 2002 by Dark Horse Books (first published 2001)
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Gods and dwarves, giants and mortals, live, love, fight, and die, all inextricably bound by the curse of the ring. As one would expect of an adaptation based on an opera there is plenty of drama. The incestuous love between Siegmund and Sieglunde, the divisiveness of the gods, and the quick wits of the trickster Loge are just some of the examples. Because the original was an opera, the Ring of the Nibelung already had a strong structure, flowing pace, and themes to connect the whole. The one maj ...more
Orrin Grey
I've been on something of a P. Craig Russell kick lately, mostly reading little bits and short pieces, but I finally got around to trying the first volume of his "career-defining opus" Ring of the Nibelung.

While I am, of course, familiar with the story (and so is anyone who's read or seen Lord of the Rings), this is actually my first direct exposure to the saga, and it was interesting to note the ways that it was similar and different from what I'd come to expect.

It was also just really good. Ru
I was always curious about the Wagner's ring saga, just not enough to sit through a week's worth of 3-4 hour opera episodes which I probably wouldn't even understand. Thank you, Mr. Russell, for making this enjoyable saga a visual journey.

I've been a fan of P. Craig Russel's art ever since he drew Michael Moorcock's Elric back in the 80's. His images give a very otherworldly feel, appropriate for the telling of myth.

As a writer of comics myself, I'm impressed with some of the techniques he util
Caleb Dolan
This graphic novel was very well put together and I like the way that the characters were put into the story. The story line is great and the plot is very well set out. It was kind of hard to get into the novel though for me. Usually being a reader, graphic novels to me are easy to follow and understand the story line. Yet for me this novel was a little harder to get into and enjoy it while reading it for some reason, but that did not take away from the story itself. I really enjoyed the charact ...more
By sheer chance, the kid wanted me to read this to him. And so I did.
I bypassed the introduction wherein Mr.Russell explains how he adapted the libretto for the Wagner operas for the graphic novel.
I had my doubts, and here and there, I wonder if he should've stuck so close to the libretto and just used the operas as a jump-off point.
Still, I've loved the work of P. Craig Russell since he freaked me out when I was 9 or 10 when I snuck a reading of my brother's Epic Illustrated: the issue featured
P. Craig Russell's art is absolutely lovely, rich and lively. Each character's personality is clear on their face and in their movements - and there's something in the drama of the landscapes and figures that lend themselves perfectly to this rendition of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

I especially liked that this volume had some front matter concerning the artist's process in adapting opera to a graphic novel, and I especially enjoyed the few studies and sketches included. I also found that reading this
P. Craig Russell tackles what is unarguably a difficult subject with a wonderful approach. This, coupled with the second volume, makes the Ring Cycle so understandable. He also works well with the illustrator in carrying over enough of the visual qualities of the opera to give a sense of the symbols that would have been used to convey ideas on stage. He also quotes directly from the source, with an accurate (and accessible) translation. I have only re-read this a couple of times, but comprehend ...more
P. Craig Russell takes risks and you can tell when one of his books is a labor of love.
He does both in this adaptation of an Opera... who knew you could sell Opera to comic book fans? Well, apparently P. Craig Russell did and he gives us fans a beautiful book with fantastic art.
I don't think I've ever been dissapointed in one of the books he's adapted, and I'll continue to be a fan of his for as long as he keeps em coming or for as long as I'm still around. Whicever comes first, place your bets
Terence Blake
This is an amazing project and the artwork is sumptuous.The story is presented with clarity and depth as well as beauty.I am reading it because,like many people,I have only a vague idea of the general outline of the story, as I know some episodes fairly well while I am completely ignorant of others.For example I knew the history of the making of the ring and of the curse,but I was totally ignorant of the story of Siegmund and Sieglinde.This is a good opportunity to get clear on the whole story i ...more
Matthew Hodge
This comic book, believe it or not, gets the closest to what Wagner would have liked his epic Ring Cycle to look like. To read it properly, you really need to put the music on and listen to it as you read. Remarkably faithful to the opera and stunning to look at.
A gorgeous and exquisite adaptation of Wagner's Ring Cycle (the first 2 parts in this book.) I have always loved Russell's drawing, here he is at his best!
Hunter Johnson
P. Craig Russell's two-volume graphic novel presentation of The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner's opera cycle. I've been on a Ring kick this year too.
This was a great adaptation of the story. The dialog worked and the art style was really good. It's fun to see myths presented as comic books.
Keith Davis
P. Craig Russell's art is perfectly matched to mythological material and in Wagner's Ring Cycle he has found material worthy of his talents.
The art was fantastic, and I always like seeing the Ring of the Nibelung for how much of modern fantasy springs from it.
This volume is the first two operas in the Ring cycle in graphic novel form... excellent!
Emily Bower
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Uma excelente adaptação da saga épica de Wagner à banda desenhada.
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