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Lohengrin (lō´ən-grĬn), in medieval German story, a knight of the Holy Grail, son of Parzival. He is sent to rescue Princess Elsa of Brabant from an unwanted suitor. Led to Antwerp by a swan, Lohengrin saves Elsa and marries her. She is forbidden to ask his identity, but, overcome by curiosity, she asks. As a result, Lohengrin must return to the castle of the Grail. The swan reappears and is revealed to be Elsa's brother. In its fullest form the story is treated in a German epic poem composed c.1285–1290 and ascribed to Wolfram von Eschenbach by its unknown author. Wagner based his libretto for the opera Lohengrin (1850) on this source. The swan's metamorphosis is also a theme in classical, Celtic, and other mythologies.

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Lohengrin in medieval French and German romances, the son of Perceval (Parsifal). He was summoned from the temple of the Holy Grail and taken in a boat drawn by swans to Antwerp, where he rescued Elsa of Brabant from a forced marriage; he was ready to marry her himself, providing that she did not ask who he was. Elsa broke this condition and he was carried away in the swan-boat back to the Grail castle.

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Lohengrin. Opera in 3 acts by Wagner to his own lib. Comp. 1846–8. Prod. Weimar (cond. Liszt) 1850, NY 1871, London 1875. The Bridal Chorus (wedding march), adapted by innumerable organists for church weddings, occurs early in Act 3, Scene 1. Lohengrin, Knight of the Holy Grail, is the son of Parsifal.

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