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Philosopher's Stone Legend

Would you like to know the philosopher's stone legend? It has been the subject of literature, movies, video games, and television series. It was a stone that had magical powers. Read on for the details of the philosopher's stone.

Philosophers Stone Legend

The philosopher's stone legend has roots in alchemy. Alchemy is the practice and art of working with chemicals and metals and alchemists have contributed to society in many ways. They have refined ores, distilled water, and made gunpowder, cosmetics, dyes, ink, paint, ceramics, glass, and many more. The most well known goals of alchemists were to take an impure metal and turn it into gold or silver and to find an elixir that would give long life and cure all diseases.

There is a connection between the stone and the "elixir of life" and this is where the philosopher's stone legend begins. The philosopher's stone is said to have the property to turn lead or other base metals into gold or silver. It is also capable of rejuvenating a person and giving the person perfect health, wisdom, and immortality. Anyone who owned the stone would have youth, great wealth, good luck, and success in every area of life. Some claim its power could change the seasons. It was also said to have mystical and occult powers as well. Searching for the philosopher's stone was the ultimate goal of most alchemists.

The origins of the story of the stone date all the way back to Hinduism. Many believe the texts are using the stone as a metaphor as something that would turn metal into gold. The stone is supposed to be the fifth element, after the four elements: earth, fire, water, and air. It is made from the original material that the universe came from. It is said that the powerful stone is safe to handle and must have its powers used for good and not evil. If used for evil, it would be dangerous and could bring disaster to the owner.

Nicolas Flamel

Nicolas Flamel was born around 1330 in France. He is famous because he claims to have discovered the way to make a philosopher's stone and the "elixir of life". He and his wife Perenelle also supposedly became immortal.

The story began with a purchase of a mysterious book. Nicolas went to Spain to get help in translating it and on the way there, he met a sage who told him the book was a translation of the original Book of Abraham and that it contained the recipe for making the philosopher's stone. By 1382, he and his wife had turn metal into both silver and gold and had achieved immortality.

Flamel did live into his 80s, which at that time was a very long life. A grave robber also found his grave empty, which added to the story about his immortality, as did the fact that several books were published with his name on them after his death. The legend states that the couple moves around a lot and never stays in one place too long and of course many claim to have seen him hundreds of years after he supposedly died. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo and in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling both mentioned him.

The Stone in Pop Culture

The philosopher's stone has been written about in many books by such authors as: J. K. Rowling, Colin Wilson (The Philosopher's Stone), Max McCoy (Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone), Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), and Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist).

Movies include:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • The Philosopher's Stone

Series include:

  • Justice League
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.

Video games that use the stone include:

  • World of Warcraft
  • Valkyrie Profile
  • Tomb Raider Chronicles
  • Alone in the Dark
  • League of Legends
  • Swordquest