Nothung to get hung about

Amigurumi ValkyrieThe biggest problem with this amigurumi Valkyrie, I think, is that once you see it, you’ll never be able to listen to Wagner’s Ring with a straight face ever again: the moment you hear Siegfried’s perplexed “Das ist kein Mann!” you’ll see him in your mind’s eye pulling little Brünnhilde’s yarn, and you’ll bust out laughing.

Disclosure: I do, in fact, own a copy of the complete Ring: Solti’s, on Decca, on rather a lot of vinyl discs, bought the year I turned twenty-one. I also have Deryck Cooke’s Introduction, which is likely the only reason I comprehended as much of it as I did.

(Found at Finestkind Clinic and fish market.)


  1. Baby M »

    5 June 2009 · 8:27 am

    Too late. Warner brothers already made it impossible to hear “The Ride of the Valkyries” without thinking of Elmer Fudd: “Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!”

  2. fillyjonk »

    5 June 2009 · 9:20 am

    Even worse: my university uses that bit from Tannhauser as the recessional at graduations. The bit that was used as the tune of “Wetuwn my Wove” from the selfsame cartoon.

    I have warned my colleagues to quickly stifle me if I ever start singing that under my breath at some graduation someday.

  3. CGHill »

    5 June 2009 · 9:26 am

    This would seem to reflect that definition of a “highbrow” as someone who can hear Rossini’s overture to William Tell and not immediately think of the Lone Ranger.

    On this scale, my brows would be barely distinguishable from a mustache.

  4. fillyjonk »

    5 June 2009 · 9:39 am

    I may not be highbrow, but I AM high forehead. That should count for something.

    (I have what is colloquially known as a “fivehead.” Which is why I continue to wear bangs even at an age when their appropriateness is questionable).

  5. Lisa Paul »

    5 June 2009 · 11:42 am

    In Mozart’s day, popular opera tunes were distributed and sung by street vendors, so using classical music for cartoons is in that grand old tradition.

    And yes, I have sat through two complete performances of The Ring Cycle. And I did sing “Kill da WAbbit, Kill da Wabbit” at the appropriate point.

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