Freyr and I have had a long conversation on the Ring by Wagner. Firstly, I should mention that we both immensely enjoyed the Met's Production; the Ex Machina Production company involved the special effects was really well done. Wagner, a man of breaking edge technology would have approved. This post is really a statement as to the tone and atmosphere is The Ring: as an artistic interpretation it has as much validity as the next - yet, it cannot be denied that Wagner was impressed by German philosophy and departed from the Icelandic. Freyr and I are trying to dissect the possible influence of Nietzsche and Shopenhauer. The debate is not closed, but only just beginning.... stay tuned, and in the meantime.... listen to some Wagner. Happy Bicentennial!