Heinrich von Ofterdingen

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Heinrich von Ofterdingen is a famous, quasi-fictional Minnesinger who participated in the Sängerkrieg (Minstrels' contest) on the Wartburg. The authorship of the Laurin, a poem about Dietrich von Bern, was also sometimes ascribed to him. He is chiefly known by the novel of Novalis of the same name and the role of Tannhäuser in Richard Wagner's opera of the name. The Novalis novel also contained the symbol of the Blue Flower which became a key symbol in Romanticism.

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