Introduction to the German Edition
edicated to the poet Wolfram von Eschenbach, this book by Werner Greub may be viewed as a remarkable work. With it, Greub joins that group of scholars who since the 19th century have begun to regard the great songs and epics of mankind’s poetry as true representations of reality. This realism has been a long time in coming. Previously, it was considered scientific to prove by means of an a priori critical attitude that these narratives were not based on any sort of reality, but only on poetical fantasy of long bygone times. The most outstanding works from the spiritual tradition of ancient civilizations were thus placed in the category of “sagas”, “fairy-tales” and phantasmagoric “poems” and the startling fact that they were pronouncing unusual truths could no longer be understood.
to Rudolf Steiner, who developed completely new ways of entering the spiritual
world and performing research in it, these ancient treasures were freed from
this ignorance and brought within the reach of present-day spiritual humanists.
What he conveyed in this respect concerning the Bhagavad-Gita, the Kalevala,
the Edda, Greek mythology, the poetry of Homer, the Bible, the Apocalypse, and
the Arthurian and Grail stream, belongs to the most significant directives of
our time. That a personality such as the
German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann consulted Homer as a sort of travel
guide on his search for
Werner Greub has proceeded in a most thorough and precise manner. He must be given great credit for not resigning in the face of Wolfram’s almost undecipherable nomenclature of towns, territories, mountains, streams and personages, but that he diligently pursued the literary records from various traditions and discovered the geographical location and philological meaning of the various names. He has submitted his findings to several specialists and examined their approval and objections objectively.
We hope that friends and specialists in the field of Wolfram research alike will judge this unusual work, which has broken new ground with respect to questions concerning Master Kyot and Wolfram, as a new and important contribution to their line of research. In his daring treatment of the most difficult riddles concerning this dark age of humanity, whose singer was Wolfram von Eschenbach, Werner Greub may anticipate questions and objections that could lead to a thorough scientific discussion.