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The Grail Quest probably feels off...

Fredeghar Wayfarer
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Mar 25 2013, 6:22am


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The Grail Quest probably feels off... [In reply to] Can't Post

...due to its origins. It's a mishmash of Christian theology/folklore and Celtic mythology (like so many things in the Arthur story). If I recall, it started out as simply a dish or bowl in the early stories by Chretien de Troyes, influenced by the life-restoring cauldrons of Celtic myth. The idea of it being the cup from the Last Supper was a later invention.

Not being Christian myself, I tend to enjoy the story simply as a quest tale for a magic relic. But I can see how it could feel heretical or offensive to a believer. Bit of a hard sell as Christian theology when it has possibly pagan origins and a story that's been pieced together by various authors over time.

In any case, Grail or no Grail, I'm very excited to read The Fall of Arthur. Tolkien doing Arthurian legend -- two of my geek obsessions combined!

Subject User Time
Some speculation about Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Mar 23 2013, 5:20am
    We had a nice little thread about this recently SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Mar 24 2013, 8:32pm
        An ignorant question CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 24 2013, 8:57pm
            Can't speak for Tolkien -- SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Mar 24 2013, 10:55pm
                The Grail Quest probably feels off... Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Mar 25 2013, 6:22am
                    As I said, it's a strange thing SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Mar 25 2013, 5:24pm
                I am curious as to why he left off as well, and where Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 26 2013, 7:12pm
                    The Ring as the Grail? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 12:20am
                        I agree completely on that Grail (mis)interpretation Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 27 2013, 1:09am
                            Oops, I missed a couple spots CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 2:04am
                                The pure quest - exactly Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 27 2013, 3:16am
                                Allegory and quibbles... FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 27 2013, 12:05pm
                            Arthur and Aragorn and swords SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Mar 27 2013, 2:16am
                                Oh, how can we coerce you for your own good? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 27 2013, 2:47am
                                ***sprinkling trail of M and M's, Sir Dennis...*** Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 27 2013, 3:26am
    Just dropping this here for posterity SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Apr 21 2013, 5:21am

 
 
 

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