The Aryan Kampf described in the book is obvious. It’s one of the LOTR foundation themes in fact. As such, I have then thought of equal to same struggle found in Our other art – such as the music and writings of Wagner.
There’s a work by Richard Wagner titled The Ring of Nibelung. In which the Protagonist, Alberich, has been told that should he make a ring from a trove of gold, resting at the bottom of the Rhine – he will be blessed with all the Power in the World.
However, Alberich is warned of the one condition contingent : He must renounce the Power of Love.
“The World as heirloom would I gain!
And if I cannot have Love
Might I not cunningly extort Lust?
The Light will I extinguish for you
The Gold will I tear from the reef
And forge the avenging Ring!
Let the Waves be my witness:
FOREVER HAVE I CURSED LOVE!”
Tolkien had insisted that his Ring and Wagner’s Ring are only alike in their round appearance. But, in Theme they are practically One – in The Return of the King there’s an opening scene – depicting a flashback memory, revealing the Ring being found at the bottom of a river.
There’s so many Parallels connecting Tolkien and Wagner that cannot be ignored – or dismissed as Coincidence.