Join Lady Emily Rose as she explores Arthur, the man and the legend. This will be exciting!
Here are few teasers to whet your appetite from what she has posted so far:
Prologue: Outlining the Siege Perilous Project
I’m seeing Arthur and his stories built up in the way Britain itself was built up, as the savior story from a land repeatedly conquered by outside forces. The deeper I dig, the more I realize that Tolkien is a hypocrite when it comes to this subject, but we all have our vices, and in his case it gave us Middle-Earth. I’m going to extend plenty of grace on that front. As has been pointed out, The Lord of the Rings is part and parcel of the Arthurian legend, having been built upon the foundational ruins of a great many other stories and traditions that were incorporated into Christianity and into the various legends of Arthur. I’m convinced that while the physical Grail itself isn’t represented in those pages, the spiritual Grail most definitely is. The symbolism in Arthurian legend is greater than the object itself, and the same holds true in Tolkien.
According to the Annales Cambriae (The Annals of Wales), Gildas would have been a contemporary of King Arthur, though Gildas never once refers to him by name. This is a point worthy of consideration as Gildas states that the Battle of Mons Badonicus (Badon Hill) occurred in the year of his own birth. It should be noted that the Battle of Badon Hill is marked in various sources as having occurred at a number of conflicting dates. By way of reminder for those who are coming to this with a limited working knowledge of Arthur, Badon Hill is the site of a major Breton victory over the Saxons, marking an end to hostilities and the beginning to an extended time of peace. In literature and lore, the victory is attributed to Arthur, often marking the beginning of his reign over a unified Britain.
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