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Old 28-02-2016, 07:14 PM   #29
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Arrow Morgan le Fay

By Frederick Sandys (1864)..
Morgan le Fay is a powerful enchantress in the Arthurian legend.. Early works featuring Morgan do not elaborate her character beyond her role as a fay or sorceress, in particular in cyclical prose works such as the Lancelot-Grail and the Post-Vulgate Cycle, in which she turns into a dangerous arch-enemy of King Arthur and an antagonist of some tales, she was a healer and an enchantress, the eldest of nine sisters..Her character may be partially derived from that of the Welsh goddess Modron..She is often said to be the daughter of Arthur's mother Lady Igraine and her first husband Gorlois, so that Arthur, the son of Igraine and Uther Pendragon, is her half-brother...She becomes an apprentice of Merlin and a vindictive adversary of Arthur and the knights of the Round Table , with a special hatred for his wife Queen Guinevere..She is also wanton and sexually aggressive, with many lovers including Merlin and Accolon, and an unrequited love for Lancelot..

Igrayne's Dance - Excalibur..

Modron largely features in the Welsh tradition as a supernatural mother figure.. She likely derives from the Celtic goddess Matrona, known to have been worshiped in Gaul.. Similarly, Modron's son, Mabon ("youth"), appears to derive from the youth god Maponos.. Both Matrona and Maponos were worshiped in the area around Hadrian's Wall, which may account for the prominence of Modron and Mabon in literature connected to the Brittonic Hen Ogledd (Old North) of Britain..Certain elements of Modron's story – specifically that her son Mabon was stolen from her in the night as a baby – suggest a connection with Rhiannon in the First Branch of the Mabinogi, whose son Pryderi was similarly stolen;William John Gruffydd suggested that Modron and Rhiannon were the same in origin.. John T. Koch suggests that Saint Madrun, a daughter of Vortimer, may also be connected, based on the similarity of the names and some elements of their stories.. Other scholars believe the names Modron and Madrun are likely to be etymologically distinct; Madrun comes from the Vulgar Latin name Matrōna (also a common noun matrōna "matron", from Classical Latin mātrōna), while Modron is from the Gallo-Brittonic theonym *Mātronā "Mother (goddess)"..In Triad 70, Modron is the mother of the twins Owain and Morfudd by Urien Rheged..In Celtic mythology, Dea Matrona ("divine mother goddess") was the goddess who gives her name to the river Marne (ancient Matrŏna) in Gaul..In many areas, such Matronae were depicted in groups of 3 or sometimes 2..In ancient Celtic religion, Maponos or Maponus ("Great Son") known mainly in northern Britain but also in Gaul.. In Roman times he was equated with Apollo.."Three Blessed Womb-Burdens of the Island of Britain..The head of Medusa is featured on some regional symbols.. One example is that of the flag and emblem of Sicily, together with the 3 legged trinacria..Gorgons, 3 monstrous sea spirits..

Medusa Clash of the Titans 1981..

The earliest spelling of the name (Vita Merlini) is Morgen, which is likely derived from Old Welsh or Old Breton Morgen, meaning "Sea-born"; a cognate form in Old Irish is Muirgein, the name of a Christian, shape-shifting female saint who was associated with the sea).. Lí Ban (from Old Irish lí, meaning "beauty", and ban, meaning "of women"..As her epithet "le Fay" (from the French la fée, "the fairy") connected to the myths of Morgens (or Morgans) which are Welsh and Breton water spirits..The Morrígan is primarily associated with fate, especially with foretelling doom and darth in battle likened to the Valkyries and Norns..She masters se7en arts and goes on to specialize in astronomie (astronomy and astrology) and healing ..A recently discovered moralistic manuscript written in Anglo-Norman French is the only text in medieval Arthurian literature presented as being composed by Morgan herself..She is also mentioned in the Draco Normannicus, in which Arthur criticizes Henry for invading Brittany and claims that he has been healed of his wounds and made immortal by his "da'atless nymph" sister Morgan on Avalon..Lancelot is Morgan's prime object of sexual desire but he consistently refuses her obsessive advances due to his great love of Guinevere, even as Morgan either courts, drugs, enchants and imprisons the knight on several occasions..One tale has Lancelot captured in Cart Castle (Charyot) by her and two other lustful enchantress, Queen Sebile (Sedile) and the unnamed Queen of Sorestan, each of whom wants to make him her lover, but he refuses to choose and escapes with a help of one of their maidservants, Rocedon..Sebile and Morgan are close companions, working their magic together..There is another Hector in Arthurian legend, Sir Ector, the father of Sir Kay and foster father of King Arthur..In the Post-Vulgate Queste, Morgan concentrates on witchcraft to such degree that she goes to live in seclusion in the exile of far-away forests.. Morgan le Fay, or Fata Morgana in Italian, has been associated with Sicily at least since the Norman conquest of southern Italy..A Fata Morgana is an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon... do they never listen?.When will they ever learn?.I was partial to tragedy in my Yooth..That was before experience taught me that life was tragical enough without my having to write about it...

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