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Merlin: "Is That Really What You've Become?" (Once Upon A Time S5E7)
The Lady of the Lake or Dame du Lac is a title that was held by more than one woman. Generally she is regarded as the water-fay that raised Sir Lancelot beneath the murky waters of her lake. However, she is best known as the one who, at the request of Merlin , presented the magical sword Excalibur to Arthur. She is often given the name Nimue or variations such as Niniane and Vivien. This un-named water-fay is killed by Sir Balin resulting from a feud between the two. Other authors have also treated some of these names Nimue, Vivien, etc.
Who was the mysterious woman who not only gave King Arthur his magical sword Excalibur, but kidnapped Sir Lancelot as a child only later to cure him of his madness? Vivien, sometimes called Nineve, Nimue, or Niniane is best known as the woman who sealed Merlin in a cave or a tree and put him under a spell. Who was the mysterious woman who not only gave King Arthur his magical sword Excalibur, but kidnapped Lancelot as a child only later to cure him of his madness? In the French Vulgate Estoire de Merlin , she loves the enchanter and seals him in a beautiful tower, magically constructed, so that she can keep him always for herself. She would visit him regularly and ended up giving her love to him. In the continuation to the Vulgate Merlin, known as the Suite du Merlin , the relationship is very different. When Merlin shows her a tomb of two lovers, magically sealed, she enchants him and has him cast into the tomb on top of the two lovers, whereupon she reseals the tomb and Merlin dies a slow death.
She plays a pivotal role in many stories, including giving Arthur his sword Excalibur , enchanting Merlin , and raising Lancelot after the death of his father. At least two different sorceresses bearing the title "the Lady of the Lake" appear as separate characters in some versions and adaptations since the Post-Vulgate Cycle and consequently Le Morte d'Arthur. Even though "Nymue", with the m , appears only in the Caxton text, Nimue is perhaps the most common name of the character as this was the only version of Le Morte d'Arthur published until Arthurian scholar A. Jarman, following suggestions first made by scholars of the 19th century, proposed that the name "Viviane" used in French Arthurian romances were ultimately derived from and a corruption of the Welsh word chwyfleian also spelled hwimleian , chwibleian , et al.
Merlin is credited with helping to establish the famous Round Table where all of King Arthur's knights sat, and played a major role in the mysteries of the Holy.
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Lady of the Lake
Merlin needs a sword for the future King Arthur, and he asks the Lady of the Lake to help. I was going to talk about Nimue and Vivian separately, but their stories are so entwined, that to separate them would cause confusion and repetition. Especially for me. This makes her a liminal character, sitting on the boundaries of the real and the magical, accessible, but only just. She controls access to Avalon, and all of the mysteries the Isle encompasses.