Pen and ink, wash, white gouache.
16.5 x 11.7 inches.
"The second act in one sentence: Siegfried slays Fafner, but does not care for gold and only takes the ring and the Tarnhelm on the advice of a bird – from whom he also receives the first enlightenment lesson. In front of Fafner's cave, Alberich and the Wanderer meet. For two old arch-enemies, they chat relatively relaxed about the course of the world. Wotan wakes the dragon and announces his near end. Alberich offers him a deal: If he gets the ring, Fafner gets to keep the rest of the gold. The worm turns out to be an inert treasure: ,I lie and possess: – let me sleep!´ If modern capitalism already ruled in the Ring, Fafner would be the typical coupon cutter. And we know: If such people hold the majority of shares, then things can only go downhill economically, politically and socially. Siegfried and Mime enter the scene while Alberich is watching them from a ravine. Once again, Mime tries to scare Siegfried with horror stories about the dragon, but once again he fails. Disgusted, Siegfried sends him away."
(From: "The small Wagnerian", Enrik Lauer and Regine Müller, C.H. Beck Verlag)