Morgan le Fay
Sister of King Arthur and wife of King Urien of Gore. Arthur
gave into her keeping the scabbard of his sword Excalibur,
but she gave it to Sir Accolon whom she loved and had a forged
scabbard made. Arthur, however, recovered the real sheath,
but was again deceived by her.
Morgan le Fay seems to have derived from the Celtic deities
Morrigan, Macha, and Modron (a divine mother). She figured
as a queen of the Land of Faerie and as such appears in French
and Italian romance. She first appeared in the Arthurian legends
in Geiffrey of Manmouth’s twelfth-century volume, Vita
Merlini. It was she who, on one occasion, threw Excalibur into
a lake. She usually presented her favorites with a ring and retained
them by her side as did Venus in Tannhäuser. Her myth
is a parallel of that of Eos and Tithonus and is possibly derived
from a sun and dawn myth.
Sources
Lacy, J. Lacy, ed. The Arturian Encyclopedia. New York Garland
Publishing, 1986.

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