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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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Vasilis Manias
Dec 08, 2016 Vasilis Manias rated it it was amazing
Το βιβλίο "το Δαχτυλίδι των Νιμπελούγκεν" αποτελεί μία τετραλογία κόμικ βασισμένη στο έργο του Βάγκνερ που αφηγείται στο πρώτο του μισό το μύθο που επίκεντρο έχει τον θεό Οντίν και τις Βαλκυρίες και στο δεύτερο αυτόν του μυθικού ηρωα Ζίγκφριντ και του έρωτά του με την ατιμασμένη Βαλκυρία, Μπρουκχίλντε.

Εξαιρετική δουλειά, διασκεδαστικότερο, γεμάτο φανταχτερά σχέδια και χρώματα, μία απίθανη απεικόνιση της Μυθολογίας των Βορείων και μία πρώτη γνωριμία με ένα χρυσό, ανεκτίμητο, "precious" δαχτυλίδι
Superb adaptation, with top notch art and faithfulness to the opera original! Try to read these graphic novel adaptation of Wagner's rendition with the opera music playing in the background, as I did. The sensory experience is amazing and unique, you can get wholly immersed in the world of the Ring through your ears (the music) and your eyes (the graphic novel).
Feb 08, 2016 Quranman2001 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I didn't realize it was about Norse mythology. I started noticing that some names like Loge and fricka sounded familiar, and then it hit me. I didn't even realise the characters were Gods at first! I went into this almost completely blind. The plot is a bit similiar to lord of rings, with Alberich being Gollum, and Fafnir being Smaug. The art in the book at first looks like your typical western comic, but when you pay attention, you notice it actually has ...more
Caleb Dolan
May 06, 2013 Caleb Dolan rated it liked it
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
Jul 28, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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
Dec 20, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2009 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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
Oct 16, 2010 Devon rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
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
Jun 17, 2009 Abigail rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2010 Terence Blake rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Oct 09, 2012 Matthew Hodge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-copy, music
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.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Apr 03, 2016 Jean-Pierre Vidrine rated it it was amazing
Believe it or not, this is one of three comic book adaptations of Wagner's opera I have read, and it is by far the best. You can almost hear the music as you gaze upon Russell's illustrations. Even stage productions would be hard pressed to equal this.
Jan 04, 2017 Ahimsa rated it liked it
I liked this less the more I read of it. The saga of the Volsungs is deservedly an epic, but by adapting Wagner's iteration of it, Russell skews this comic into soap opera territory. The epic story feels rushed and often contrived and only really slows down for melodrama.
Not my cuppa.
Pamela Huxtable
Aug 04, 2016 Pamela Huxtable rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Excellent. I don't think I could make it through this opera, but it seems like perfect material for a graphic novel.
Katelyn Patterson
Jan 15, 2010 Katelyn Patterson rated it really liked it
This volume is the first two operas in the Ring cycle in graphic novel form... excellent!
Keith Davis
Jan 18, 2010 Keith Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Oct 15, 2009 Blake rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The art was fantastic, and I always like seeing the Ring of the Nibelung for how much of modern fantasy springs from it.
Apr 23, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 18, 2013 Joao rated it really liked it
Uma excelente adaptação da saga épica de Wagner à banda desenhada.
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.
Aug 29, 2010 Sonic rated it really liked it
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!
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