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 ink.

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Revised January 12, 2000.