|Der Jungerer Titurel is inspired by the fragments of Wolfram's Titurel. It tells the story ofthe entire life of Sigune and Schionatulander, two characters from Wolfram's Parsival.|
---. Tristan ... with the Surviving Fragments of Tristan of Thomas. trans. A.T. Hatto. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1974.
|The Tristan-Isolde-Mark love triangle story, with some strong overtones of t he Celticoriginal.|
---. Erec. trans. J.W. Thomas. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1982.
|This is a loose adaption of the French Erec et Enide. The story revolves around the theme oflove and duty.|
---. Iwein. ed. and trans. Patrick M. McConeghy. New York: Garland, 1984.
|This is a much more faithful adaption of Chretien de Troyes's French romance Yvain. Itprovides a ra ther optimistic vision of Arthur's court, retaining little of the romantic pessimismthat seems prevalent in the French.|
|Gauriel has been abandoned by his otherworldly wife, and during his quest to find her heencounters Arthur's Court. After many deeds he is accepted as a Knight of the Round Tableand his wife returns.|
---. Lanzelet: A Romance of Lancelot. trans. Kenneth G.T. Webster. New York: Columbia University Press, 1951.
|A verse composition that follows the French versions of the Lancelot story quite closely. Thisversion, however, does not even hint at the adultery that is so central to the French tales.|
|Probably one of the most popular German Arthurian tales, this poem is the tale of Gawain'smysterious son who takes the Siege Perilous and then distinguishes himself on knightl yadventure. Unlike a lot of Arthurian knights, Wigalois does not have any flaws for which toatone, which may account for the poem's popularity.|
---. Parsival. trans. A.T. Hatto. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980.
|Perhaps the greatest of the medieval German writers, Wolfram adapted Chretien' s Perceval,but in doing so recreated the Perceval story. His concept of the Grail differed significantlyfrom any that had gone before, setting a stamp on the Grail legend that is still evident today. His story inspired Richard Wagner's Arthurian opera, Parsival.|
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