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A New Years look on an Older Story About Arthur, the King of the Britons.


newbloodmoon

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My fascination with Arthur and the knight of the round table didn’t kick in to overdrive until I saw the previews for the 1981 movie ‘Excalibur’ (Release date10 April 1981). It wasn’t a movie I got to see in the theaters due to financial constraints and my parents not being able to justify the ticket/concession prices or the gas to take the only person in the family who wanted to go see it. So I did the next best thing, I went to the school library and convinced the librarian to get the book Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory on loan from the local High School. To be honest, it wasn’t by use of any whit, charm, and Charisma on my part, think every day pestering of the librarian and she conceded only to get me out of her hair. 
 

Before I bury the lead to deeply, here’s part of the wiki write up on King Arthur.

King Arthur (Welsh: Brenin Arthur, Cornish: Arthur Gernow, Breton: Roue Arzhur, French: Roi Arthur) is a legendary king of Britain, and a central figure in the medieval literary tradition known as the Matter of Britain.

In Welsh sources, Arthur is portrayed as a leader of the post-Roman Britons in battles against Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He first appears in two early medieval historical sources, the Annales Cambriae and the Historia Brittonum, but these date to 300 years after he is supposed to have lived, and most historians who study the period do not consider him a historical figure.[2][3] His name also occurs in early Welsh poetic sources such as Y Gododdin.[4] The character developed through Welsh mythology, appearing either as a great warrior defending Britain from human and supernatural enemies or as a magical figure of folklore, sometimes associated with the Welsh otherworld Annw

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur
 

Le Mort De’Arthur was just the beginning of the Arthurian tales rabbit hole I ventured down. I would later see the movie Excalibur and many other movies as well as read ‘The Once And Future King’ by T. H. White, and the ‘Mists Of Avalon’ trilogy by Marion Zimmer Bradley, a more feminist take on the tale where the women had more agency than told in other tales.

Some notable characters from Arthurian tales.

Arthur: The King

Uther Pendragon: Former king and father of Arthur.

Lancelot Du Lac: kick butt fighter and seducer of queens.

Lady of the lake: Distributor of magical weapons.

Morgan LaFey: Evil sorceress and half maternal sister of Morgause.

Mordred: Son of Morgause and Arthur, slayer of the king.

Morgause:  Mother of Gawain and Mordred

Guinevere: Queen and easily seduced by Lancelot.

Merlin: Court Wizard 


 


It’s true that the last trailer isn’t about Arthur but I found it to be decent telling concerning one of the Arthurian tales.

The following isn’t my favorite Arthurian tale but there are some elements about the magi that I enloyed.

And now the book section of the post concerning the Arthurian mythos in no particular order.

1) Le Mort De Arthur -  Sir Thomas Malory

2) Mists of Avalon trilogy - Marion Zimmer Bradley

3) The once and future king - T. H. White

4) Sword in the stone- T. H. White

5) Sir Gawain and the green knight - Anonymous 

6) the Pendragon Cycle - Stephen R. Lawhea

7) A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthurs court - Mark Twain

8. ) The Fall of Arthur - J. R. R. Tolkein

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On 1/5/2024 at 9:57 PM, Sgt84801 said:

That was an awesome movie I love it.

Which one?

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On 1/17/2024 at 11:51 PM, Thorazeen said:

Which one?

 

Just now, Sgt84801 said:

Excalibur 

 

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On 1/6/2024 at 12:57 AM, Sgt84801 said:

That was an awesome movie I love it.

I got to see the rated R and PG version on the same day because we had both HBO and Prism. Recorded them both off those channels and watched the **** out of them along with Arnolds Conan.

@newbloodmoon I discovered Malory in 6th grade via my grandmother and great aunt and was hooked ever since. 👍

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