Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Fafnir, the Dragon Metaphor

Wagner's Siegfried Kills the Dragon, Fafnir
by Arthur Rackham

Siegfried kills Fafnir, the man transmogrified by his selfish greed into the hideous guarding dragon, and liberates the wealth of the gods so that it gets re-distributed freely to his tribe. The poet of Beowulf narrates a similar story.

In our modern rendition, for “Siegfried/Beowulf” read “you, me and Google."

For greedy "dragons" read "textbook publishers and movie production companies."

For "wealth” read “open access intellectual and artistic works” from such sites as Art Museum Networks of the World, Internet Archive and the myriad of others that I will post in future blogs.

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