“This is his whole life. Why would be send this to me?” Muses Indiana Jones over the Grail Diary he received from his father, Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. His father had disappeared, kidnapped by the Nazis and held in an Austrian castle.
The film is set in 1938, the same year Dr. Jones, Sr. almost found the secret location of the Grail from years of research, recording the nearly complete route inside his diary. At this time the Nazis are searching the world for occult objects to use in their plans for world conquest. Getting their hands on the Grail Diary is a priority for them.
Henry Jones, Sr. father started the diary in 1899, He recorded all of his findings on the topic of the Holy Grail, the study of which he had made his life’s work. The diary had over 282 pages of sketches and notes, with miscellaneous sheets of notes, sculpture rubbings and train tickets which Jones Sr. had used as bookmarks.
Using the information in the diary, Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. (Indiana Jones), safely overcomes the traps (circular blades, a word puzzle, and an invisible bridge across a bottomless pit) and reaches the Grail’s chamber, which is guarded by a knight. The knight, the last of three brothers, has been kept alive for 700 years by the power of the Grail.
The movie is great fun, and I loved the inspirational role of the diary.
The movie diary is actually a very detailed prop created especially for the film. It contained several sketches, illustrations, notes and inserts. Much of the text was taken from the real-life book, The Grail: Quest for the Eternal by John Matthew.
The richness and detail of the movie prop has intrigued and inspired some fans to create their own replicas.
The Grail Diary currently resides in The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, California.