Wagner’s knowledge of heroes derived from two sources: the myths of ancient Greece, and the sagas and poetry of northern Europe.
In both traditions, heroes were given god-like attributes which set them apart from non-heroic mortals and reinforced the view that they were superhuman. They often had gods as parents or grandparents. However, Wagner came to the conclusion that the German myths were in advance of the Greek …
For Dr Peter Bassett’s essay click this link:
Wagner’s heroes and the triumph of humanity