Opera Stories from Wagner
By Florence Akin

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Mimi and the Baby

Mimi was mean and selfish.

He would not even have cared for a little child alone in the woods had he not thought that by so doing he might gain something for himself.

As he looked at the baby he heard a strange voice saying:–

“Siegfried is his name, and only he who knows no fear can mend the sword.”

“The sword? The sword?” questioned Mimi. “What does the voice mean?”

Going nearer to the child, he saw close beside it the broken pieces of Siegmund’s sword.

Mimi picked up the pieces and looked at them.

“The finest piece of steel I ever saw,” he chuckled, as he ran his fingers carefully along the keen edges.

Then he cried aloud in joy.

“At last I have found the hero! This little baby is the son of some valiant warrior. These are the broken pieces of the warrior’s sword. Such luck for Mimi!

“The boy will be a warrior like his father. I shall take him to my cave and take good care of him.

“When he is grown up I will make him pay me for my care and pains. He shall slay the dragon. Then I will take the ring.”

He lifted the little baby as gently as he knew how, and started toward his cave.

Again he heard the same strange voice:–

“Siegfried is his name, and only he who knows no fear can mend the sword.”

“Ha! ha!” chuckled Mimi. “That voice does not know what a skillful smith Mimi is.

“I will mend the sword and Siegfried shall use it to slay the dragon.”

He folded the baby close in his rough, black little arms.

“A few more years, a few more years,” he gurgled in glee, “and Mimi’s hands shall clutch the precious gold.”


More About the Stories  •  The Rhine-Gold  •  Alberich  •  The Careless Rhine-Daughters  •  The Theft  •  The Sad Rhine-Daughters  •  A Castle On the Rhine  •  The Morning  •  The Payment  •  Loki  •  Youth or Age?  •  Nibelheim  •  The Best Smith in Nibelheim  •  The Master  •  The Boaster  •  The Wishing-Cap  •  The Trick  •  The Curse  •  The Greedy Fafner  •  A Slave to Gold  •  The Beautiful Valhalla  •  The Walkuere  •  The Valiant Siegmund  •  Hunding’s Wife  •  Hunding  •  The War-Maidens  •  Wotan’s Wife  •  Wotan and Brunhilde  •  Off to the Battlefield  •  The Flight  •  The Punishment  •  The Sleep  •  The Magic Fire  •  Siegfried  •  The Dragon  •  A Baby in the Forest  •  Mimi and the Baby  •  Siegfried and His Friends  •  The Broken Sword  •  A Big Brown Bear  •  Siegfried and Mimi  •  Siegfried Mends His Father’s Sword  •  Siegfried Goes to Fight the Dragon  •  A Wood-Bird’s Song  •  Siegfried and the Dragon  •  A Change Comes Over Siegfried  •  Mimi Has a Surprise  •  Mimi and Alberich Stop to Quarrel Too Long  •  Siegfried Reaches the Mountain  •  Siegfried Learns What Fear Is  •  The Awakening  •  Goetterdaemmerung  •  A Song of the Present  •  A Song of the Future  •  A Pledge of Love  •  The Doom of Valhalla  •  Love