Lady of the Lake is a pivotal figure in the Legend of King Arthur and Camelot.
The Lady, known as Nimue or Vivienne raised Lancelot, enchanted Merlin and gave Arthur the magical sword Excalibur.
The Lady of the Lake was the ruling Priestess of Avalon, she was Fae not mortal.
As a young girl she enchanted Merlin who taught her all his secrets, she later became the foster mother to Sir Lancelot.
King Arthur had fought a long battle and would not have lived save for Merlin.
As they rode together Arthur said, ‘I have no sword, but Merlin told him to be patient and he would soon have one.
In a little while they came to a large lake, and in the midst of the lake they saw a woman rising from the lake holding up a sword.
That is the Lady of the Lake, said Merlin, and she is coming to you, and if you ask her courteously she will give you the sword.
So when the maiden drew near Arthur saluted her and said, Maiden, I pray you tell me whose sword is that I wish it were mine, for I have lost my sword.
The sword is mine, King Arthur, she answered and I will give it to you, if you in return will give me a gift when I ask you.
By my faith, said the King, I will give you whatever gift you ask.
Well, said the maiden, get into the barge and row yourself to the sword, and take it .
For this is the sword Excalibur
As for my gift, I will ask it in my own time.’
Copyright Shanina Conway 2018
December 13th, 2018
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