Luther and the Trees
Luther Oaks, Linden, Beeches, and an Apple treeTrees have always, in all religions, been mythological symbols; they become transfigured, just think of the Tree of Knowledge. In our times, there are many legends about trees or their fruit, like the apple tree under which Newton sat.
For this reason, there are many 'tree legends' in association with Luther, who enjoyed spending his free time in the garden among trees and flowers.
Many legends are told about the
Luther Oak in Wittenberg, one of the most well known tree-legends.
The legend goes like this: A Wittenberg student, an enthusiastic follower of Luther, was in love with a girl whose grandmother was equally enthusiastic about the old church.
The original Luther oak in Wittenberg - when and by whomever it was planted - was chopped down during the Nepoleonic Wars because there was a shortage of fuel.
Luther and the Apple TreeMany more legends about Luther and trees swirl around, one of the best known should be mentioned, the famous saying: "If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today!" is attributed to Luther.
One must remember, that the first written evidence of this saying comes from 1944...