Here you will find images of all pages of the Diary published by LucasFilm. The images come (1) From the Lucasfilm Archives and (2) All the Pages from the Computer Game Diary. Click on each image to see the larger version. Please note that these pages have been places here without any specific order, apart from the order in which they were scanned. For more information on order, click here. If you have any additions or suggestions, please forward them to: props@indygear.com


The Lucasfilm Archives Photos
Lucasfilm Published 14 photos of the Grail Diary in the book "The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives" (See Sources) Here are high resolution scans of all those photos, and beside them, a comment with the text in those pages. Text in Brown comes directly from the diary. Next to the set number is the name that has been given to these pages.

 

The Venice Stained glass windowThe Venice stained glass window: This is an important page for the plot. We can see Henry copying it at his 1912 house from a manuscript. At the left page we see a drawing of a crusader in a stained glass window. The text says in the upper corner: part of stained glass window in venice 14th C. It is probable that this note was added later as Henry knew of the window in 1912 and started to suspect about Venice in 1938. At the left of the window it says a part of the Franciscan friar's manuscript mentions the knight of the Grail... possible link? opposite to it, near the shield, note the crosses on the shield and at the bottom, with an arrow, words in latin. note fig 7...marker?
In the next page we see some roman numerals, a stone lion, a knight, and a detail of the shield. The text near the 3 (III) says Part of a decorative scroll in a 14th Cent. Manuscript with a note beside this particular number 3. Next to the 7 (VII): in another section of the same manuscript, this number 7 is marked and before the 10 (X): in stone. Between the X and the lion are the words 12th Cen.?? and below the lion: upper floor supported by stone lions above the shield are the words On a window in Venice This night appears with shield quartered showing the Cross. Again we have an anachronistic note. There is a possibility that the whole room was depicted in the manuscript Henry was copying from in 1912, and that this note was also added later.

 

 

The Venice LibraryThe Venice Library: As Indy Said, X marks the spot! This double page image shows the whole room in venice, with the window and the X. I can't understand how Indy had so much trouble in finding the third number! The vertical text at the left seems to have been copied and modified from Matthews: For here we have all the elements of the Grail story. The stained glass window is the final key to the mistery The numerals must be the clue which we have long searched for in vane. Below the first set of columns is The stained glass window that requires further research. and pointing to the last stone lion, The lions refered to by the Knights This is quite a strange note, and although it is known that the movie prop had absolutely no order, if the pages were to be placed following a logical, chronological order, this page will be probably near the end of the diary, I even think Henry drew this page at Venice, just before sending the diary to Indy, perhaps to give him some clues on where to find the catacombs. This would explain all the notes in this page where Henry talks about "we" and gives information on what to research.

 

 

The Falling RocksLycurgus & Falling Rocks: The first page contains some quotes from Matthews, pg 74&75: The path of the Grail is inextricably bound up with sacrifice: the blood of the victim contained in the cup, wich becomes the means of healing. Lycurgus, in a fit of madness, killed his son Dryas, whom he mistook for a vine stock, and his country became barren in mourning. It was only when Lycurgus when lycurgus what? This paragraph is from Matthews' book (Quest for the Eternal) the book says: "It was only when Lycurgus himself was brought to his death that the land flowered again" Henry seems to have a very bad mind, bad enough to leave a sentence incomplete and start writting in the next paragraph about a different thing, also from Matthews, pg. 75 "The theme of sacrifice is shown (the book says shadowed) by that of spiritual attainment, whether through inbibing blood or the sacred drink of Eleusis from the Kernos. Each of its 8 cups contained one of the elements of the divine draught. At the next page, there is a drawing of a canyon and temple, and the text above the drawing says: Drawing I made before passing through the rock obstacle at the far end of the valley. You can go ten or eleven paces. There are some rocks rolling down the cliff face. At the bottom, Henry quotes Matthews' book (pg. 68) The grail had many precursors and takes many forms before it becomes identified with a chalice. Some people suggest that this and all the following "rock obstacles" pages are connected and that "He might be measuring the breadth of the pass. As for the picture... why would they need to breach the wall of rock if a temple of some sort is standing right there? Perhaps this is a concept of what he expects to find on the other side of the rock obstacle." (Indy Magnoli)

 

 

Map of the mountain roadSet 4 (Map of the mountain road): In the left page, Henry talks about the story of Taliesin, connected to the Mystery religions. It is interesting to note that the Computer Game Diary mentions Taliesin in an entrie when Henry is in the middle of an excursion in Wales. This page could be easily connected with that on the Computer Game Diary as Henry, in the opposite page mentions some kind of excursion and again this "we" (In the Computer Game Diary is Marcus Brody) The text in this page is: top of left page, in diagonal: It is possible to see behind the story of Taliesin echoes of a mystery religion in which a sacred vessel played an important part--- After that, in normal, horizontal text: Perhaps like the ritual depicted on the walls of the Villa of the Mysteries at Pompeii (second century AD) The words "second century AD" are underlined 5 or 6 times. After that, where the initiate was offered a cup prior to undergoing tests wich, if succesfully completed, would impart to him the tenets of the inner life. And then, the last paragraph says: Possibly an alternative feast echoing that pertaken of by the Grail Knigths. ie Kernos. All this text is copied with some modifications from Matthews' book, pg. 10. The opposite page also supports Indiana Magnoli's theory that there seems to have been some sort of excursion where Henry, presumably along with some others (as he always refers to "we"), maps out their progress. In this map of the mountain road Henry and his team reach the stone wall. In the middle of the page, between two arrows, Henry notes that the Depth of the rock here is almost unpassable and at the bottom, wall of rock that confronted us during our progress up the mountain road beyond the first overnight stop. This is also the page where Hitler signed the autograph at the Berlin scene in the movie, although the signature is not vissible in this photo, probably this prop was not used in that scene.

 

 

1899 dollarSet 5 (1899 Dollar set): In the left page, copied from Matthews' book, page 29, Henry is talking about the earthly home of the Grail, the Grail Castle. Following the chronological order that I have been mentioned: what better place than this spiritual no-man's-land, between this world and the next, at a slight remove from reality but still 'historically' attested to, for the earthly home of the grail, sometimes called lapis exulis, which has been interpreted as the wish for Paradise? It is precisely here that Wolfram places it, by inference if not in actuality, by making the eventual guardian of the Grail Prestor John * said to be 562 years old! The next page's text is also taken from John Matthews' book, this time from page 67, and it has been repeated several times throughout the diary: The grail is flooded with spiritual light and shines out of those who seek it. The next paragraph is from page 64 of the book: The true and proper home of the Grail is Paradise, the perfect realm of the spirit where the Priest King John, its last guardian reigns benignly from his castle within the garden of Earthly Delights. The rest of the text is covered by a 1899 silver dollar cerificate used to mark Indy's birthday, but it can be easily reconstrcted to be One of the meanings attributed to the words Lapsit exillas, used by Wolfram Von Eschenbach to describe the Grail is the "stone of exile" (from Paradise) and by extension the "wish for paradise" . We have a photo of this dollar in the inserts section. An interesting note about this page, is that in the movie order, this page comes just after the Takt-i-Taqdis map set. This is a very funny coincidence because the two pages could be easily connected. The takt-map set is just a drawing of the Takt-i-Taqdis, and the text in it is unknown, but however, it is surely talking about the Takt. So, after Henry has talked about the takt, he notes "what better place than this [The Takt] spiritual no-man's-land..." the text in Matthews does not talk about the Takt, but of Prestor John's Kingdom. However, this text would fit in the Takt background quite well.

 

 

Godislove&Dead seaSet 6 (Dead Sea map): The text in the left page is the same as in set 3 (The story of Lycurgus) In vertical text, "The path of the grail is inextricably bound up with sacrifice. The blood of the victim contained in the cup wich becomes the means of healing" above the shield, which has the cruciform sword in it, the story of Lycurgus continues from "Lycurgus, in a fit of madness killed his son Dryas when he mistook" In the sword, the text reads: GOD IS LOVE. Next to the shield, there is an arrow pointing to it and the words Shield from south trancept. Then, below the sword, the text continues as in set 3: The theme of sacrifice is shown by that of spiritual attainment, whether through imbibing blood or the sacred drink of Eluesis from the Kernos. Each of its 8 cups contained one of the elements of the divine draught.
The map in the next page is of the southern region of Judah situated around the Dead Sea, located about 1300 feet below the Mediterranean Sea. The top of this map would be pointed roughly NorthWest (in other words, a compass rose would be pointing toward the upper right corner if situated in the center of the map). Several place names are given: Maderah, Weljeib, Buseireh, Jebal and a Roman Road is situated in the eastern portions of the map. A couple of the place names are illegible, one of them running right into the binding of the book. Again we have a quote in the Computer Game Diary where Henry's traveling to the Holy Land is mentioned. This page could be placed there if following a logical order. Click here to go to the written work page and read more about this.

 

 

The 3 trialsSet 7 (The Three Trials): These are very important pages for the plot, and probably this is the reason why they are the best seen pages in the film. Heny also gives importance to them, and he bookmarks them with one of the two Los Angeles Railyard Tickets contained in the diary. They give the clues about the three trials that protect the Grail. On the first page is written:
Tres numero erunt probationes (the challenges will number three)
First, the breath of god - only the penitent man will pass
Secunda, verbum Dei (second, the word of God) only in the footsteps of God will he proceed...

The text continues the text on the next page. This is one of the few pages in which the left page has something to do with the right one. The text in it is: Tertia, semita Dei (Third, the path of God) Only in the leap from the lion head will he prove his worth. Then, there is the drawing of a cup and below it, the words Poculum Lignarii (The cup of a carpenter)
"It is interesting to note that two of the three trials are written in Latin and English, but the first trial is only in English. Breath in Latin is usually written "anima", which is literally "soul". So if the prop man had written "Anima Dei" it would not have been translated "Breath of God" but as "Soul of God", which doesn't give a good representation of the booby trap." Indiana Magnoli

 

 

Obstacle&Cruciform ScrapSet 8 (Obstacle & Cruciform Scrap): This is another of the "rock obstacles" pages in which Henry continues his trip, although some of Henry's words seem to imply that this was the start of his excursion. In the first page Henry has drawn a topographical map of a valley with a narrow pathway leading to some structure near the center. At the top he notes: This very quick sketch map was made by me during the last days of the month. He points out near the pathway: many obstacles are apparent here and he gives his thoughts at the end of the entry: I suspect a lake or dam will protect the entrance to the final pathway but this will only be evident when the stone wall has been breached
On the next page, There is a sketch of a piece of paper. At the top, This fragment is kept with many papers and maps. In vertical text, This sketch is the same size. Next is the following paragraph: I found this fragment in one of the books and amongst the papers and maps in the old trunk. I'm sure there is a connection with my previous discoveries which could well be a key. Then, there is a Note I could say the design is repeated. What about the base??? So Henry, In one of his excursions, finds an old trunk in which there are many papers and maps and where he finds a scrap with the cruciform sword. It is interesting that, as Henry sais, "the design is repeated", and he wonders what happened with the base. Could this be a clue left by someone that had seen the Grail Tablet and wondered what happened with the top? It seems more than a coincidence that the scrap finishes more or less where the Grail Tablet also finishes.

 

Mass&OmphalosSet 9 (Grail Mass & Omphalos): The first of these two pages contain a print of what looks like a stained glass window, which is, as of yet, unidentified, although it seems it is a depiction of Ecclessia, a women symbolizing the Christian Church. For more on this click here. The text besides it comes from The Grail: Quest for the Eternal, page 14: In the Quest del Saint Graal at the moment when Galahad enters Sarras with the Grail, the text refers to the Mass of the Mother... a few other words can be seen in the archives photo. By using the original text the entry can be reconstructed: ...of God being sung in the cathedral. Specifically to "Mystery of the Grail." Possibility of a Marian Grail cult at Glastonbury connot thus be ruled out. The insert accompanying this page contains a light pencil sketch of a land feature, similar to the canyon on the "map with no names", and a half drawn Brotherhood cross. To find out more about this insert, please head to the Inserts page.
The opposite page is copied directly from Matthews (p31). The picture is a drawing done by L.I. Ringbom in 1951, an anachorinistic image in this diary, as the quest was completed in 1938. It seems that the drawing was photocopied and enlarged, into the book. The text is easily read as: The Omphalos in Jerusalem. Representing the centre of the Christian world as a vessel containing a stone.
For a digital reconstruction of what this page may look without the insert, go here.

 

 

Stag&Top of windowSet 10 (Stag & Top of window): In the first page, there is a drawing of a low relief stone sculpture copied by hand from Matthews' book, pg. 65. The text is also from that page. On the top-left corner, Sketch made on site. and on the right corner, Stone Relief, Italy 9th 10th Cent. AD Near the drawing of the stag is Inscription, although there is not an inscription in the original carving, and below it, are the words The Grail is the Spring of life, the vessel containing the promise of immortality. From it drinks the stag - simbol of the soul's thirst for god. On the next page, there is a sketch of a stained glass picture of Christ which seems to belong from the same Venice Stained Glass window. It belongs to the top of the window, a part which is not very well seen in the film. Above the drawing is written 14th Century Windows, the same date given to other representations of the window. Below is text from John Matthews' book (p16): Christ redeemed the sin of Adam; new light and life is contained by the "Grail-as-Chalice" image


 

Knights of the questSet 11 (Knights of the quest): On these two pages are drawn a few knights who quested for the Grail. On the first page is a stained glass window (origin unknown) of two knights with a sword between them. In the upper corner is written: Window detail detail from the Nave, suggesting that this window was found in a church. A little lower is written: the two Knights appear opposite each other. Above the heads of the knights are scrolls with writing that is illegible in the diary. At that bottom of the window is: Corpus Christi (Body of Christ). Written at the bottom is text from John Matthews' book (p29), modified to fit with the drawing: Once again we see the habit of following the Eastern sources and rituals by placing the two knights in a Christianized framework.
On the opposite page appears a typical medieval representation of a knight. Above is a shield with a cross circled and labeled Maltese symbol, and beside the shield is noted the Turkish Crescent. Below the shield is more Matthews text (p7): Only three succeed in finding the Grail. To which is added: This is one of the participants. The "three" refered to by Matthews are Galahad, Perceval and Bors. Above the knight's right shoulder is a note: design of breast plates, besides a depiction of some sort of rod is: Defender of the Faith, and below this is: Probably 15th Century

 

 

Sainte Chapelle engravingSet 12 (Takt-i-Taqdis & Sainte Chapelle): These pages contain some information on the architecture of the Grail Temple. The first page shows the three orders of Greco-Roman columns, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. On the left of the page is written: The particular types of columns invented by the Greeks and Romans together with the lintels, caps and bases over them. Beside the Corinthian columns is written: Drawn by me at the temple of Takt-i-Taqdis; and below them text from Matthews (p82) slightly changed to: As long as it remained on earth, the Grail required a home and because of its spiritual nature that place was naturally a temple. Below the columns is a lightly drawn floor plan of a typical medieval church. This is supposed to represent the legendary Dome of the Grail and the historic Takt-i-Taqdis, both discussed in Quest for the Eternal. The floor plan for Takt-i-Taqdis is circular and looks nothing like what is depicted here. In the bottom-left corner is: Note Takt-i-Taqdis with its numerous arches laid out in a particular order. And to the right is: The Dome of the Grail ground plan. The date given to the plan is 18th C. probably from the elevation and ground plan by Sulpice Boisseree in that century.
On the opposite page appears a drawing from a medieval engraving of the Great Shrine used to house the Crown of Thorns at the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Some of the background of this picture has a purple tint to it. The text to the right of the sketch is from Matthews (p67) For an original picture of the engraving, head to the related pics page: The Grail is flooded with spiritual light and shines out to those who seek it. However like the treasure at the base of the rainbow, it remains beyond mans grasp. The note reads: Decoration of the top of this dwelling (not?) seen (elsewhere?). Lower text is from page 65: The Grail is the spring of life, the vessel containing the promise of immortality. Symbol of the soul's thirst for God. A Cornocopia, the horn of plenty and of physical renewal. On the far left of this page is a partial text from Matthews that has been cropped in such a way to leave the reader with a wonder about Henry's train of thought at the time. The text, as it appears in the diary is: In Greek myth the star represents Uranus because he was castrated. So? The text was taken from Matthews (p67) and should read: In Greek myth, the star represents Uranus because when he was castrated, drops of blood formed themselves into stars and were dissipated into rivers and streams. It seems henry had a very bad memory, as he has left unfinished sentences throughout the diary.

 

 

Wilderness of the WanderingsSet 13 (Wilderness of the Wanderings): On this page is shown the very bottom of the stained glass window, although different Roman numberals are used: XVIII, X and XXXII. Above the XVIII is written The number must have some reason of time or space and below This is 18. Next to the V: could easily have a sing (singular or single?) particular reference Below the XXXII is simply 32. This page also shows Henry attempting to work out the mystery of the Roman numerals; in the upper right corner he adds 18, 5 and 32. After writing 55, he crosses it out.
The next page seems to be another of the "rock obstacle" pages which talks about Henry's excursion. There is a map, labeled This Wilderness of the Wanderings, supposed to be an old map found by Henry. He has copied it into his diary as a reference: On coming in from Alexandria. This old map may be of help- topography could have altered. He points out by a dotted line: This could be an obstacle. Is this the rock wall? A path is also shown leading past some steps into a smaller pathway. Beside another dotted line Henry writes: Route taken at the last attempt. Could this mean that the map had come in handy and this was the route the used during this excursion?

 

 

MelchizadekSet 14 (Kinght with cup & Melchizadek): On the left page, we see another knight, shown beside a ciborium of some sort covered in low relief scenes. In the upper left corner is text from Matthews (p13): The only really significant medieval texts to succeed Wolfram were the anonymous Perlesvaus C1225 and in the upper right corner continues more from the same page: In particular there is the statement (mysterious) that the Grail undergoes five (5) changes in shapes of which only the fifth a chalice is named. The text continues: Malory, who is the last of the true medieval romancers wrote what is probably the most famous Arthurian work; but his concerns were very different from those of his predecessors. Written to the left of the knight is: Note: the same style of chalice on the knights shield as the one found in the temple by me.
On the next page, we see a picture from the window in venice, this time of a woman holding a book, although the text accompaining this drawing talks about melchizadek, who was not a woman. At the base of the drawing there is a number (VXI) with no sense, as it means 5 before 11 which is 6 and could easily have been written as VI. This is probably a mistake of the prop man. The text is: Window Melchizadek foreshadows Christ in his offering wine as the token of his peoples blood. He, like the guardian of the Grail, is a priest and a King. St. Paul says of him that he is without father or mother or even genealogy and had neither beginning of days nor end of life (from Matthews' book, pg 69)

 

 

 

 

Henry's Grail Diary from LC Graphic Adventure

In 1989, after the film was released, a Computer Game was released, and with it came a copy of the Grail Diary. This is not a replica. It has 64 pages, most of them writting, and very few pictures. The text in this book is used by most replica-makers to fill in the diary. It talks about the Grail, (most of the story is true), and about Henry's travelings, adventures and feelings.

Listed below are all of the pages from the diary.

 

 

 

 


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