Woglinde carefully appraised each candidate if their worth, just as a young lady would inspect potential suitors, though that meant her emotions would overtake her judgement on occasion. Regardless, there had not been any to receive her consent, for one must swear to adore only her to obtain the Rhinegold, and none with such single-minded devotion has stepped forth.
The Rhinemaidens are the three water-nymphs (Rheintöchter or "Rhine daughters") who appear in Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Their individual names are Woglinde, Wellgunde and Flosshilde (Floßhilde), although they are generally treated as a single entity and they act together accordingly. Wagner created his Rhinemaidens from other legends and myths, most notably the Nibelungenlied which contains stories involving water-sprites (nixies) or mermaids. The key concepts associated with the Rhinemaidens in the Ring operas—their flawed guardianship of the Rhine gold, and the condition (the renunciation of love) through which the gold could be stolen from them and then transformed into a means of obtaining world power—are wholly Wagner's own invention, and are the elements that initiate and propel the entire drama.
Artwork by Wagner Bruno.