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(Wagner: Das Rheingold). Sop. Goddess of youth and beauty. Sister of Fricka, Froh, and Donner and sister‐in‐law of Wotan. Wotan has promised to give Freia to the giants as payment for their building of Valhalla. Her brothers defend her position—Donner by threatening the giants with his hammer. The saving of Freia is crucial to the final outcome of the Ring—by being forced to give the giants the gold Ring, on which there is a curse, instead of his sister‐in‐law, the ultimate downfall of the gods is set in motion. Created (1869) by Henriette Müller.

Subjects: Opera.

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