Rhein Maidens

The Rhein Maidens guarding the Rheingold

The Rhein Maidens (or Rhein Guardians) are the three immortals who devote their lives to guarding the invaluable metal, the Rheingold.

Xena tricked the Rhein Maidens to trust her and guide her to where they kept it. She then stole it and forged The Ring.

35 years later, a reformed Xena returned the ring to the Rhein Maidens. Surprised by the change in Xena, the youngest maiden asks what magic turned her into a force of good. Xena and Gabrielle exchange knowing looks as Xena explains, "It was no magic. . . ."


The Rhein Maidens in their natural habitat

They were played by Marama Jackson, Lucy Thomas and Stephanie Bertram.

The Rhein Maidens are not mythological, but are instead inventions of Richard Wagner for his opera Der Ring das Nibelungen, which was combined with the Old English epic Beowulf to create the Norse storyline. In the story they were water nymphs.

The Maidens

A Rheinmaiden

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