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That Walther von der Vogelweide was born in this place,Has not been proven by anyone so far.Walther von der Vogelweide was at home wherever he happened to be,Where there were birds, or perhaps in the presence of a beautiful maiden. His lyrics tell of this.So there shouldn’t be any doubts about his birthplace.Those who feel his touchcan surely remember him. The coat of arms of the town of Laion is that of a bird in a cage. This is in memory of the minstrel Walther von der Vogelweide, who was probably born in Novale/Ried around 1170. At least, this is what Johann Haller from Passeier (1825-1900) believed. Johann Haller was Pastor of Laion, before becoming Archbishop of Salzburg in 1890, where he was later appointed Cardinal. In 1867, Haller published a treatise in which he described the farmstead of Vogelweide in Novale as the birthplace of the famous poet of courtly love. Dr. Ignaz Vinzenz Zingerle of Innsbruck was a particularly staunch advocate and proponent of this idea. A Tyrolean scholar specializing in researching the legends and traditions of Tyrol, it was at his initiative that on 3rd October 1874, a commemorative plaque was erected above the front door at the Innervogelweider farmstead in Novale, bearing Hugo Trimberg’s words: Her Walther von der Vogelweide, Swer des vergaess, mir der Tæt leide. On that occasion, there was also a Registry of Attendance for the many visitors to sign, which can still be viewed today. Although the Registry unquestionably constitutes a piece of cultural history of Laion, the effects of the Walther Cult characteristic of that period was not just circumscribed to Laion and the Vogelweide farmstead. In 1880, Dr. Zingerle also purchased Summersberg Castle in nearby Gudon/Gufidaun and before long legions of Germanic scholars and linguists thronged to visit this aristocratic mansion. As the effects of the Walther Magic multiplied, even the small village of Chiusa/Klausen came under the spotlight. On the heels of the learned scholars and poets of those early years, came a growing number of painters and other artists who followed in their tracks. Finally, in Bolzano/Bozen on 15th September 1889, there was the inauguration of the Walther Monument in the main town square that has also been named after him. The event attracted widespread attention and as many as 8,000 people were present. After the passing of so many centuries, whether or not Laion could legitimately defend its claim as the birthplace and home of the famous bard, with unequivocal and definitive evidence to prove it, is no simple undertaking. The 100-year long Legend of Laion has however, become one of the most and popular has definitively permeated Laion’s past. I wish to conclude this chapter by quoting the Vogelweide farmstead Visitors Book (taken from the Laion Town Registry). That Walther von der Vogelweide was born in this place no one has so far managed to prove it. Walther von der Vogelweide was at home everywhere and anywhere; where there were birds or perhaps a beautiful girl. So say his lyrics and there can be no doubt as to his birth here. Those who feel his touch can recall him
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