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"But still they tell that tale of ancient time,
The happy years of Arthur’s golden reign,
And still they speak of Merlin’s wizard rhyme.
And long for Arthur to return again;
And o’er his tomb they built a glorious fane,
And worshipped God that sacred grave upon ;
And ‘mid green fields the ruins still remain,
Where men may stand, and muse on Arthur gone,
There in the misty vale of gentle Avalon."
~The Burial of Arthur, Alec de Candole (1897-1918)
There are over 100 legendary King Arthur sites scattered throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany! The adventures of Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, the Green Knight, Uther Pendragon, Vortigern, the Knights of the Round Table, the mythical city of Camelot and the magical isle of Avalon have been told and retold, in hundreds of manuscripts created between the 11th and 15th centuries in at least a dozen languages! Avalon, literally meaning "the isle of fruit [or apple] trees" is a mythical island featured in the Arthurian legend that first appeared in Geoffrey of Monmouth's influential 1136 Historia Regum Britanniae as a place of magic where King Arthur's sword Excalibur was made and later where Arthur was taken to recover from being gravely wounded at the Battle of Camlann. Many places claim to be the site of Arthur's legendary resting place including Tombélaine, the small tidal island in the bay of Mont St. Michel, Glastonbury Tor, The Isle of Man, as well as Bardsey Island in northern Wales, also known as known as the "Island of 20,000 Saints"! 🏴 👑 ⚔️
The Festival du Roi Arthur is a music festival held in Bréal-sous-Montfort, France over several days. Bréal-sous-Montfort is located in Brittany, a Celtic center of Arthurian legend.
In one of the many legends placing King Arthur in Brittany, legends, Hoël, King of Brittany and the faithful King Arthur (known as The Bear), learn that Hélène (Lancelot du Lac's real mother) is being held hostage by a giant in Mont St. Michel. The night before his arrival at Mont St. Michel, King Arthur has a dream in which a dragon kills a bear, which he interprets as God showing him how he will be defeated by the forces of evil. Alas, Arthur arrives too late to save Hélène but thwarts the interpretation of the dream, by killing the giant and avenging her.
For more on the real-life origins of King Arthur, click the Aubrey Beardsley drawing.