Ring of the Nibelung

Richard Wagner
Illustrated by John Vernon Lord
Edited by Barry Millington and Stewart Spencer
Translated by Stewart Spencer

Commentaries by Barry Millington, Elizabeth Magee, Roger Hollinrake and Warren Darcy

Ring of the Nibelung unlocks the drama of Wagner’s epic cycle of gods, giants and heroes, with the acclaimed translation of the original libretto, authoritative commentaries and enchanting illustrations.

‘Perhaps the greatest genius that ever lived.’

  1. W. H. Auden

Based upon characters and storylines from Norse legend and the medieval poem Das Nibelungenlied, the Ring cycle transports the listener to a landscape of gods, giants and dwarfs, tortured heroes and enchanted treasures. In this lavish one-volume edition, The Folio Society presents Stewart Spencer’s definitive translation of Wagner’s original libretto, alongside essays and commentaries by his co-editor Barry Millington and some of the world’s most eminent Wagnerian scholars. The words are beautifully illuminated by the veteran British illustrator John Vernon Lord – himself a man with an intimate understanding of the composer’s craft. It is the essential guide to the Ring cycle, and a work that all Wagnerians will want on their bookshelf.

The scale of Wagner’s achievement is epic, with the entire cycle taking around 15 hours in performance. Spencer’s lively prose helps the listener follow every nuance of the German libretto, with its richly allusive language and layers of mysticism – making for a heightened appreciation of the complex psychological drama.

Bound in screen-printed and blocked cloth

Set in Bembo

448 pages

17 black and white integrated illustrations with gold rules, 8 pages of black and white integrated images

Printed endpapers

Pictorial slipcase

11½˝x 8˝

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