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(Wagner: Das Rheingold). Bass-bar. The god of thunder. Brother of Fricka, Freia, and Froh and brother-in-law of Wotan. He has a tendency to think he can solve most things by lashing out with his hammer. He threatens the giants with it when they are about to abduct Freia, and Loge when he can't solve that situation quickly enough. Each time he has to be restrained by Wotan. Once Freia has been taken by the giants, he becomes much more subdued and lethargic, ready to pay them anything to release his sister. It is Donner who orders Froh to point the way to the rainbow bridge so the gods can walk across it to Valhalla. Aria: Schwäles Gedünst schwebt in der Luft (‘A sultry haze hangs in the air’). Created (1869) by Karl Heinrich.

Subjects: Opera.

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