Loquifer, Battle of
A tale incorporated in the Charlemagne saga, supposed to
have been written around the twelfth century. Its hero is Renouart,
the reputed giant brother-in-law of William of Orange
(died 812 C.E.) and the events take place on the sea. Renouart
and his barons are on the shore at Porpaillart when a Saracen
fleet is seen. He is persuaded to enter one of the ships, which
immediately sets sail, and he is told by Isembert, a hideous
monster, that the Saracens mean to flay him alive.
Armed only with a huge bar of wood, Renouart kills this
creature and makes the Saracens let him go, while they return
to their own country. It is arranged that Renouart will fight Loquifer,
a fairy giant and leader of the Saracens, and the outcome
of this combat will determine the war.
They meet on an island near Porpaillart. Loquifer possesses
a magical balm, which heals all his wounds immediately and is
concealed in his club. But Renouart is assisted by angels, and
he eventually deprives Loquifer of his club, so that his strength
departs. Then Renouart slays him, and the devil carries off his
The romance goes on to tell of a duel between William of
Orange and Desrame, Renouart’s father, in which the latter is
slain. Renouart is comforted by fairies, who bear him to Avalon
where he has many adventures. He is shipwrecked but is rescued
by mermaids and awakes to find himself on the sands at
Porpaillart, from which spot he had been taken to Avalon.