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The World of Precious Stones

G. Ronald Murphy

in Gemstone of Paradise

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306392
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195306392.003.0003
 The World of Precious Stones

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This chapter focuses on the significance of the gemstone in Wolfram. Wolfram not only identifies the Grail as a precious stone but also uses stones to mark the inner structure of his work by identifying its two foci: first, the progress of his hero toward feeling the compassion necessary for “owning” the Grail, and second, the suffering of the community on Mount Salvation as they faithfully await the healing of Anfortas. Wolfram has not only supplied two new chapters/books to be the ending of the tale that Chrétien did not finish but also added two new books to be the beginning of the story whose function it is to give Parzival a pagan brother and thereby to raise the thematic question of the waters of baptism in the context of the Grail stone. The two books at the beginning stand in parallel to the two that Wolfram has placed at the end. These four books form a distinctive framework, marked by the roles of precious stones, that guides the reader to a new interpretation of the traditional Grail material received from Chrétien.

Keywords: gemstones; Wolfram; Grail; Chrétien; Parzival

Chapter.  12495 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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