German - A sorceress. Daughter of Radbad. Wife of Frederick of Telramund. She plotted to get the dukedom of Brabant and caused the disappearance of the heir, Godfrey, in circumstances that made it appear that his sister, Elsa, had murdered him. When Lohengrin came as Elsa's champion and defeated Frederick in combat, she prompted Elsa to demand to know the name of the mysterious knight she had married which led to Lohengrin's admission of his identity and consequent departure. When the boat drawn by a swan appeared to carry Lohengrin off, Ortrud admitted that she had turned Godfrey into a swan. Lohengrin, before leaving, restored Godfrey to his former self. On occassion, known as Ortrud.

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