Friday, April 15, 2011

L: Ladies of the Lake

It seems like there is always some slight confusion surounding the Lady of the Lake of Arthurian legends. This is because there is actually more than one.

First, there is Vivian. It of course depends on which version you are looking at but she is usually the one who gives Arthur excalaber. I have some how got it into my head that she's the one in charge. Maybe because she appears first.

Nimue is usually the one who sorcels Merlin into a tree.

And, finally, Nyneve is the one who joins the court of Camelot in the quest of the white hart in the begginning of Le Morte D'Arthur.

Other varients of these characters include Viviane, Viviana, Vivienne, Elaine, Ninianne, Nivian, Nimueh, and Myish in various poetry and novels.

This is all to say that, in concstructing my ladies of the lake I can make whatever decisions I want about them. *insert evil laugh here*

Also, this is my eleventy oneth post. In commemoration of the fact I would like to let you know that one hundred and one posts is far too short a time to spend among such admirable readers. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like to know you and ---well I'll skip that part because I don't have a magic ring and am not going anywhere anytime soon. I just thought it would be a good time to thank you all for reading. I am honored that you take the time to sift through my ramblings.


  1. I just came aboard via the A-Z Challenge, so I admit I'm not quite familiar with your postings. But I have read the L one and am looking forward to reading many more. It's a pleasure to meet you!

  2. very fantastic post.
    love your blog..



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  4. I love all those Arthurian names, especially Nimue. Great post. Did you create the picture? It's wonderful.

  5. I've been duped by Hollywood. I had no idea. Very cool.

  6. I may be mistaken, but I believe the three ladies of the lake were also the three queens who took Arthur's body with them to Avalon.

    I love your illustration!

  7. Alas, my artistic talent is not so great. I got the picture off line somewhere because I was feeling a need for a visual aide. Perhaps I ought to take it down. I hadn't meant to take credit.

    I beleive you are right C R