Armor features prominently in von Eschenbach's narrative. Parzival is first intrigued by the splendid armor of the princely knight who he thinks is God. This inspires Parzival to be a knight himself. Later on, after defeating the Red Knight for his armor, Parzival struggles to work out how to get the armor off the dead knight and how to put it on himself. In the end accepts help from Iwanet, who has followed him from Arthur's court:

Naive Parzival turned him over and over. He could not tug anything off him -- what a strange affair it was! Helmet-lace or kneww-pieces, his fine white hands failed to loosen or otherwise twist any off. Yet he tried again and again, this lad so little favored with good sense.

... He [Iwanet], encased him, over his buskins, in two jambs of gleaming steel. With them went a pair of spurs worked in gold which were attached not by leather but by silken cords. These he fastened on. Before offering him his hauberk Iwanet laced on his knee-guards. And so, suffering it with keen impatience, Parzival was armed from heel to crown. (88-89)

Selections from Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival. Translated by A.T. Hatto