German Legends, no. 562
Doctor Luther at the Wartburg
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Doctor Luther sat at the Wartburg translating the Bible. The Devil did
not like this and wanted to disturb the sacred work, but when he tried to
tempt him, Luther grabbed the ink pot from which he was writing, and threw
it at the Evil One's head. Still today they show the room and the chair
where Luther was sitting, and the spot on the wall made by the flying
- Source: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Doktor Luther zu
Wartburg, Deutsche Sagen (German Legends), vol. 2 (1818), no.
- Translated by D. L. Ashliman. ©
- Martin Luther (1483-1546) was the most important leader of the
Protestant reformation in Germany. His translation of the Bible into
German remains one of Germany's most enduring religious, cultural, and
linguistic monuments. He completed the New Testament (from Greek) in 1522
and the Old Testament (from Hebrew) in 1534.
- The Wartburg is a fortified castle overlooking the town of Eisenach in
Thüringen (Thuringia). Friedrich III, Elector of Saxony, sheltered
Luther at the Wartburg between May 1521 and March 1522. It was here that
Luther began his translation of the New Testament into German.
Revised January 12, 2000.