|Ring of the Nibelung|
|1.||German myth a magic ring on which the dwarf Alberich placed a curse after it was stolen from him|
|2.||Often shortened to: The Ring the four operas by Wagner, Das Rheingold (1869), Die Walküre (1870), Siegfried (1876), and Götterdämmerung (1876), based on this myth|
|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
A series of four operas by Richard Wagner, based on stories from Norse mythology; the central story is that of Siegfried and Brünnhilde. As the Ring ends, the gods are about to be overcome. The four operas of the Ring are The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and The Twilight of the Gods.