Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Arthur and Gorlagon, an anonymous twelfth-century Cymro-Latin. Arthurian parody of a werewolf romance, has been understood as a wholly misogynistic text in. Get this from a library! Arthur and Gorlagon. [George Lyman Kittredge; Bodleian Library.].

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I will by no means dismount until you have answered the question I am about to ask you.

The hero’s relation to this personage explains how it is that he finds his wife at the Court, a gorlgon which Morraha has preserved, but for which it does not account. Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. You already recently rated this item.

It proves that what may be styled the Werewolf’s Tale proper once existed apart from the other elements found in MelionArthur and Gorlagonand Morraha. But to the Queen he did no harm at all, but only gazed upon her with venom in his eye. And as they were joyfully partaking of the feast of rich abundance, Arthur, in his excessive joy, threw his arms around the Queen, who was sitting beside him, and embracing her, kissed her very affectionately in the sight of all.

But the wolf, more cunning than the rest, slipped out of the hands of those who were holding him and escaped unhurt.

To which she replied, gorlwgon ought to have no secrets from your wife, and you must know artgur certain that I would rather die than live, so long as I feel that I am so little loved by you,” and he could not by any means persuade her to take refreshment.

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When the bystanders saw too late what had happened they pursued the wolves with shouts. Thus, indeed, the story runs in one of the most famous of old Irish mythic romances, the Wooing of Etain. Then running forward he took the infant from its cradle in his shaggy arms, and gently held it up to the King’s face for a kiss. And for this reason the Arhhur watched the sapling with great care and with great diligence, for he had no doubt that his safety depended upon it.

The Queen was torn limb from limb by horses and thrown into balls of flame. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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If this thing were anx to me alone, Arthur he repliedI would by no means tell it you; but as it is well known to all who are sitting at table with me, I am not ashamed that you also should be made acquainted with it. The name field is required. The wolf being desirous of crossing the sea, is standing on the arthuf.


Kittredge of Harvard edited it last year, and made it the subject of what I do not hesitate to pronounce one of the most remarkable and valuable examples of storyological research known to me. I have only given the broad outlines of Professor Kittredge’s admirable study; the reader must be referred to the original for the numerous detail pieces of investigation concerning special story-types and incidents, their action and interaction, the rationale of story-change, which make his work fascinating reading for the storyologist.

English View all editions and formats Rating: Arthur replied, “I shall be able to eat enough by-and-by. He then reconstructs the basis of X as follows: But I have a brother. Arthur, dismount and eat. Acting on the advice of his fairy wife, hero rides to her father, is there furnished with another horse that brings him to owner of the sword of light, Niall.

Arthur and Gorlagon

The wolf concealed himself near the road where the King was to pass, and when all had gone by and he saw the King approaching for he borlagon from his countenance that gorlago was the King he dropped his head and ran close after him, and encircling the King’s right foot with his paws he would have licked him affectionately like a suppliant asking for pardon, with such groanings as he was capable of. Whatever the King commanded him he performed, and he never showed any fierceness towards or inflicted any hurt upon any one.

And you must know that one who has avenged with such severity gorlayon wrong which has been done me must undoubtedly have been a man of great sagacity and ability, and must have assumed the form of a wolf under some spell or incantation.

But such an idea undoubtedly did arise, and is reflected in the vast mass of werwolf stories and conceptions. Home About Help Search. At a third attempt he secures the sword, and threatening arthurr owner with it, learns, at the persuasion of latter’s wife, the story. For the same reasons it cannot be the direct source of that tale; which again cannot have originated Morrahaas the latter has retained decided traces of that presentment gorlagln the wife found in Melion.

Now the Queen loved the King’s sewer with an unlawful love, and went to visit him whenever the King was absent.


King Gorlagon, who was older than himself, telling him that he had no doubt that Gorlagon was mighty in the knowledge of the things he was inquiring into, if indeed it was certain that anyone had any knowledge of them. Niall afterwards tracks the monster of the hand, slays him, recovers the elder children of the King, and directs the hero how to deal with his supernatural adversary, who is the brother of the monster of the hand.

A stage may thus be postulated in which the wife unsympathetic originally as being opposed to the hero, but not morally culpablebecomes the sympathetic personage.

But she has left behind her a lover of her kin, who follows her, and after a while persuades her to return to their own land of Faery. It will at once be apparent to a storyologist of any experience that the task which Arthur has to achieve is one in which success is only possible by the aid, unwillingly given, of a supernatural personage upon whom pressure has to be put, in this case, the refusal to partake of his hospitality; a pressure analogous to that legally recognised in the codes of Brahminic India and early Ireland for the purpose of exacting settlement of debt.

No long time had elapsed when the wolf, thinking that he was not yet goflagon, again visited the goorlagon with his companions, and meeting with two noble counts, brothers of the Queen, playing at the very gates gorlaggon the palace, he attacked them, and tearing out their bowels gave them over to a frightful death.

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But let the rest remain and entertain my guests in my stead until I return. The Latin narrator had a Welsh original, as is proved by the forms of the names: I know the reason why the wolf, unable to bear his master’s disgrace, attacked you so savagely, contrary to his wont.

Then the King said”I will try if there is any worth or strength in my wolf, and whether he can accustom himself to obey my commands. Folk-LoreVolume The oldest recorded version of Marie’s Bisclaveret belongs to this stage of development.

The King, seeing that he wished to cross over, at once gotlagon orders that the fleet should be launched and that the army should assemble.