Fisher King

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Fisher King

guardian of the Grail. [Ger. Legend, Parzival; Arthurian Legend: Walsh Classical, 227]

Fisher King

old, maimed king whose restoration symbolizes the return of spring vegetation. [Medieval Legend: T. S. Eliot The Waste Land in Norton Literature]
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According to the myth, King Anfortas was "wounded in a joust, by a poisoned spear through his testicles, so severely he could not be healed.
In Parzival, after all, the old Grail king, Anfortas, is punished with a symbolic wound in the genitals for 'serving' Orgeluse, and it is Wolfram's prospective new Grail king, Parzival, who, rejecting the self-same Orgeluse's advances out of loyalty to his wife, comes to establish his superior credentials with regard to the holding of the sacred office.
Parzival stood transfixed as Anfortas was carried into the banquet hall suffering from a spear wound to the groin.