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Fisher King


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Name given the Grail keeper in Arthuriana; he has no specific Celtic antecedent. Variously identified as Amfortas, Alain, Bron, Pelles, or Pellinore. In Chrétien de Troyes (12th cent.) he is Perceval's cousin; in the Perlesvaus (13th cent.) and Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival (13th cent.) he is Perceval's uncle; in the Didot Perceval (13th cent.), his grandfather.

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