Essay on Morgan Le Fay

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Morgan Le Fay
Medieval Story
The contemporary stories of Morgan le Fay are based on Christianized versions found in the Medieval writings of the Vulgate and Malory. She is depicted as an evil and lusty enchantress who tricks her brother, good King Arthur, into an incestuous relationship with her, resulting in the unnatural birth of their son, Mordred. She tricks Arthur’s wizard, Merlin, into divulging his magical secrets to her, then disposes of him inside the trunk of a tree, or a crystal cave. She sows the seeds of discontent with gossip against Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, steals the magical sword, Excalibur with it’s healing scabbard, plots the death of Arthur with her various lovers, and ultimately contributes to the dissolution of
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The Morrigan was also a Seer, who prophesied the future.
She is sometimes called the Triple Goddess – with Her other aspects being Badb, Macha, and Nemain.
Scottish Tales
The treacherous whirlpool in the Inner Hebrides, commonly known as the Corryveckan, is also known as “Morrigan’s Cauldron”.
Manx Tale
In Manx, there is a legend of a mermaid who lived in a creek on the Isle of Man. A young boatman fell in love with her and brought her an offering of apples, even planting an apple tree near the shore for her. It is said that he eventually left, and she wandered the shores looking form him in vain. Apples and Mermaids are both signatures of Morgan’s many folktales.
Lady of the Lake
In Breton, France, Morgens are sea-women, water spirits or mermaids. The name Morgan has also been translated as “of the sea” (muirgen) and is one of the names for the Lady of the Lake. She is associated with both Vivianne and Nimue, who are also known as the Lady of the Lake. The western sea (the Atlantic Ocean) is where Her island of Avalon (also known as Ynys Avallach, the Isle of Apples and the Fortunate Isle) is located - where She receives the dead and heals them of their earthly pains.
Could the names morgue, mortuary and morte also be related to this Goddess of Death? Avalon is associated with Glastonbury Tor, which some legends say was once a magic island surrounded by water. Morgan is one of the three queens that takes King Arthur’s body…

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