Fisher King

(redirected from Maimed King)

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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King Arthur 2 thrusts RPG fans into yet another new and dark fantasy setting where King Arthur, no longer a valiant ruler, is now the Maimed King trying to mend a land almost beyond repair.
In the second volume, Barfield draws a vertical line in the margin next to a passage in which Percivale's sister speaks to Galahad of his grandfather's injury from a spear and refers to Pelles as "the maimed king" (2:242-43).
Also I will that ye take with you of the blood of this spear for to anoint the maimed king, both his legs and all his body, and he shall have his health."
242-43: "Sir, said she [the damosel], there was a king that hight Pelles, the maimed king. And while he might ride he supported much Christendom and Holy Church.
265: "Also I [vision of Christ] will that ye take with you the blood of this spear for to anoint the maimed king, both his legs and all his body, and he shall have his health."
The simultaneous imprisonment by Warwick in 1469 of two kings (Henry VI and Edward IV) was transposed into a narrative of the two maimed kings and the wasteland (located in the Mortimer marcher country).