He explains his origin and steps back onto his swan boat, never to return. The Knight of the Swan story was previously known from the tales of the ancestry of Godfrey of Bouillon , the first ruler of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
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The story appears in the two versions of the tale Naissance du Chevalier au Cygne , which describes the Swan Knight Elias arriving to defend the dispossessed Duchess of Bouillon. They marry and have a daughter, Ida , who becomes the mother of Godfrey and his brothers.
The Knight of the Swan is not the only altered version of a popular story Wolfram uses in his narrative; he makes Prester John the son of his character Feirefiz. The story was picked up and expanded in the late 13th-century Lohengrin by a certain "Nouhusius" or "Nouhuwius", who changed the character's name and tied the romance's Grail and Swan Knight elements into the history of the Holy Roman Empire. In , Richard Wagner , drawing on the contemporary work of Ludwig Lucas , adapted the tale into his popular opera Lohengrin , arguably the work through which Lohengrin's story is best known today.
According to Wagner, the Grail imbues the Knight of the Swan with mystical powers that can only be maintained if their nature is kept secret; hence the danger of Elsa's question.
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Wagner's Lohengrin was parodied in Victor Herbert 's burlesque The Magic Knight , and was reworked into Salvatore Sciarrino 's opera Lohengrin , which reduces the narrative to a manic hallucination. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the literary character.
For the opera by Richard Wagner, see Lohengrin opera. For other uses, see Lohengrin disambiguation.
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