The Depiction of Morgan Le Fay in Various Accounts of The Arthurian Legend

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The Depiction of Morgan Le Fay in Various Accounts of The Arthurian Legend Morgaine speaks.... "In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen." So begins Marion Zimmer Bradley's account of the Arthurian legend, which places unusual emphasis on the character of Morgaine, otherwise known as Morgan Le Fay. But who exactly is Morgan and how does she vary in the different accounts of the Arthurian legend? In order to assess how Morgan Le Fay is depicted throughout history, it is first important to establish who she is and what part she plays in the legend. Five different texts: Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings Of Britain,…show more content…
The original full retelling of the Arthur story, Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain, has few female characters. Morgan Le Fay is once such decided absence. Not only does she play no part whatsoever in the legend, but she is never even mentioned. Mordred, who is often her son by an incestuous relationship with Arthur, is instead the son of Anna and her husband, Loth, the King of Lothian. Anna is as close as Monmouth gets to a Morgan-like character. She is the sister of Arthur, and daughter of Igraine and Uther. She gives birth to Mordred, who is the means by which Arthur's death comes about, and Gawain, one of Arthurs most loyal and trusted knights. Le Morte D'Arthur by Malory shows an entirely different perspective as to the role and person of Morgan Le Fay in the Arthurian legend. She is one of Arthur's three sisters, the others being Morgause and Elaine. Morgause marries King Lot of Lothian and has four sons including Gawaine while Elaine marries King Nentis. Arthur has an incestuous relationship with Morgause and she gives birth to Mordred. Meanwhile Morgan is continually conspiring against Arthur in an attempt to avenge his father's poor treatment of Igraine. Morgan steals Arthur's sword Excalibur and gives it to her lover Accolon, who challenges Arthur so that he might become High King. Accolon is fatally wounded. Morgan also attempts to sabotage Arthur's knights several times. Mort Artu, a

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