Eventually, since she cannot get rid of him otherwise, she decides to trap him under rock and makes sure he cannot escape. The legend of Merlin and Nimue is an intriguing tale that entails love, spells, and death told through various stories in literature. [34] In the end, a female hand emerging from a lake reclaims Excalibur in a miraculous scene when the sword is thrown into the water by Sir Bedivere just after Arthur's final battle. Like Cursed, Merlin draws on the famous Arthurian legend to tell its story, and also like Cursed, ... Merlin is Nimue's dad. Second, you're not alone in your perverse fantasies! Here, she is given the name Viviane (or similar) and a human origin. As Gruagach ran through the forest, after being banished by Nimue, he tripped on the lid of Merlin's grave and was greeted by the spirit of the wizard. He decides to do nothing for his situation other than to continue to teach her his secrets until she takes the opportunity to entrap and entomb him within a tree, underneath a large stone, or inside a cave or a tomb, depending on the version of this story. [31] However, Nimue's character is often seen as still very ambigius by other scholars. In almost all versions of Arthurian legend, Nimue is the architect of Merlin’s downfall. A child, Arthur, was born of this union and Merlin took the child away. This is also the place at where Lancelot du Lac ("of the Lake") is later raised, at first not knowing his real parentage, by Viviane after she is 18 years old. Some tales have him living forever in his confinement and others tell of his death or his descension into madness. Thereafter she was an ally of King Arthur's. Oct 25, 2018 - Explore Carol Puetz's board "Merlin and Nimue", followed by 737 people on Pinterest. It is Nimue who has the ambiguous relationship with Merlin. In the Vulgate Merlin, she refuses to give Merlin (who at this time is already old but appears to her in the guise of a handsome young man) her love until he has taught her all his secrets, after which she uses her power to seal him forever, originally either in the trunk of a hawthorn tree or beneath a stone. … In an analysis by Kenneth Hodges, Nimue appears through the story as the chivalric code changes, hinting to the reader that something new will happen in order to help the author achieve the wanted interpretation of the Arthurian legend: each time the Lady reappears in Le Morte d'Arthur, it is at a pivotal moment of the episode, establishing the importance of her character within Arthurian literature, as she transcends any notoriety attached to her character by aiding Arthur and other knights to succeed in their endeavours, subtly helping sway the court in the right direction. Malory does not use Nimue's name for the Lady of the Lake associated with Lancelot, who too goes unnamed and may be considered the third one (it is highly possible that he had only access to the Suite du Merlin part of the Post-Vulgate Cycle as a source[33]). In Cursed, Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgard) is a powerful druid sorcerer who serves King Uther but comes up against the extremist Red Paladins alongside Nimue, Arthur and Morgana. She then proceeds to perform some of the same actions as the Lady of the Lake of his sources but is different in some ways. Even though "Nymue", with the m, appears only in the Caxton text, Nimue is perhaps the most common form of the name of the character as this was the only version of Le Morte d'Arthur published until 1947. Modern authors of Arthurian fiction adapt the Lady of the Lake legend in various ways, often using two or more bearers of the title. Prior the Post-Vulgate, however, the Lady of the Lake from Lancelot and Viviane from Merlin might have been separate characters. Another, unnamed Lady of the Lake appears to bestow the magic sword Excalibur from Avalon to Arthur. The white dragon killed the red dragon, and hence Merlin prophesied Vortigen's death by Aurelius and the future of the land. The tower kept collapsing without apparent reason every night. In the Post-Vulgate Suite de Merlin, the future Lady of the Lake was born and lived in a magnificent castle at the foot of a mountain in Brittany as a daughter of the King of Northumbria. Walter Scott wrote an influential poem, The Lady of the Lake, in 1810, drawing on the romance of the legend, but with an entirely different story set around Loch Katrine in the Trossachs of Scotland. Richard Wilbur referred to Vivien as “a creature to bewitch a sorcerer”, and even though Merlin could foretell and foresee his captivity, he was unable to stop it or overcome his enchantment with Vivien. A number of locations are traditionally associated with the Lady of the Lake's abode. [4] The form Nimue, in which the letter e can be written as ë or é, has been popularized by Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and itself has several variations: in William Caxton's edition, her name appears as Nymue, Nyneue and Nynyue, but it had been rather Nynyve (predominantly[6]) and Nenyve in Malory's original Winchester Manuscript. in medieval Welsh sources), meaning "a wanderer of pallid countenance", which was originally applied as an epithet to the famous prophetic "wild man" figure of Myrddin Wyllt (a prototype of Merlin) in medieval Welsh poetry. [25] The Vulgate Lancelot informs the reader that, back "in the time of Virgil", Diana had been a Queen of Sicily that was considered a goddess by her subjects. One of several ladies known as the Lady of the Lake or the Dame du Lac. There, she raises Lancelot from his infancy following the death of his father King Ban, teaching Lancelot arts and writing, infusing him with wisdom and courage, and overseeing his training to become an unsurpassed warrior. The legend of Nimue and Merlin is somewhat complicated and, like many details surrounding the characters, tends to change with each retelling. [28] In the 14th-century French prose romance Perceforest, a lengthy prequel to the Arthurian legend in a more fantasy manner than the chronicles, the figures of the Lady of the Lake and of the enchantress Sebile have been merged to create the character of Sebile of the Castle of the Lake, an ancestor of Arthur. Further theories connect her to the Welsh lake fairies known as the Gwragedd Annwn (including a Lady of the Lake unrelated to the legend of Arthur[11]), the Romano-British water goddess Coventina (Covienna),[12] and the North Caucasian Satanaya (Satana) from the Nart sagas. In the oldest stories his pupil/lover's name was Nynave, (but this is often changed to Nimue and sometimes changed again to other names, with Vivien/Vivianne being the most common) and she eventually betrayed him and bound Merlin in a tree, a rock or a cave, … Some other authors choose to emphasize a single character. According to Hodges, when Malory was looking at other texts to find inspiration, he chose the best aspects of all the other Lady of the Lake characters, making her pragmatic, compassionate, clever, and strong-willed. She furthermore personally arrives to restore Lancelot to sanity during some of his recurring fits of madness. [8][9][10] Others have linked the name "Nymenche" with the Irish mythology's figure Niamh (an otherworldly woman from the legend of Tír na nÓg), and the name "Niniane" with either the Welsh mythology's figure Rhiannon (another otherworldly woman of a Celtic myth), the 5th-century saint Ninian, or the river Ninian.[3]. She is initially known as the beautiful 12-years-old Damsel Huntress in her introductory episode, in which she serves the role of a damsel in distress in the quest of three knights sent by Merlin to rescue her from kidnapping. Some examples of such 20th and 21st century works are listed below. Versions of the Lady (or Ladies) of the Lake appear in many other works of Arthurian fiction, including novels, films, television series, stage musicals, comics, and games. Knowing that Merlin could take her unwillingly, she made him swear that he would use no magic to make her lay with him. Long ago in a cave obscured by the mists of time, Nimue, a powerful sorceress and Merlin’s beloved, took the energy of their passion and wove it into a potent love spell. [23] In still another telling, in a nonviolent scene taking place under a blooming hawthorn, Merlin is betrayed and placed inside an invisible and indestructible tower, but then she comes to him every day or night (a motif reminiscent of Ganieda's visits of Merlin's house in an earlier version of Merlin's life as described in Vita Merlini[14]). This article is about the character Nimue. The Vulgate Lancelot explains this by a spell she put "on her groin which, as long as it lasted, prevented anyone from deflowering her and having relations with her. For much of his life, he lived in the wilderness as a "wild man" despite interacting with and assisting at least three different kings: Vortigern, Uther, and Arthur. ― Nimue to the Fey people[source] Nimue is the protagonist of Cursed. Together, they bear the mortally wounded Arthur away to Avalon. [13] Possible prototypes include Guendoloena and Ganieda, respectively Merlin's one-time wife and his sister from Geoffrey's work, besides the Roman goddess of the hunt and the nature, Diana,[14] the spiritual descent from whom is actually explicitly stated within the French prose narratives. Merlin is a legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in Arthurian legend. The Lady of the Lake (French: Dame du Lac, Demoiselle du Lac, Welsh: Arglwyddes y Llyn, Cornish: Arloedhes an Lynn, Breton: Itron an Lenn, Italian: Dama del Lago) is a name or a title used by several fairy-like enchantresses in the Matter of Britain, the body of medieval literature and mythology associated with the legend of King Arthur. Michelle Ryan played an antagonistic Nimue in the BBC series Merlin (Picture: BBC) Given her role in the mythos, Nimue pops up in pretty much every … Scott's material furnished subject matter for La donna del lago, an 1819 opera by Gioachino Rossini. He educated Arthur and kept him safe. When Uther was near death, Merlin arranged for the Sword-in-the-Stone contest so that Arthur could withdraw the sword from the stone and be recognized as the next king. The two dragons began to combat. enchantress and sorceress in Arthurian legend, "Waving her hands and uttering the charm, [she] presently enclosed him fast within the tree.". And, by the gods, I will be your sword. The character was created by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his History of the Kings of Britain (1136 CE) where he first appears as a wise and precocious youth with prophetic powers. by Brian Edward Rise. "I will be your shield. Merlin (Welsh: Myrddin, Cornish: Marzhin, Breton: Merzhin) is a mythological figure prominently featured in the legend of King Arthur and best known as an enchanter or wizard. One day, he met Nimue, who seduced him and learned all of his secrets, after which she buried him alive. There seems to be more than one "Lady of the Lake", but in Malory's Morte d'Arthur, Nimue is responsible for Merlin's downfall. Intending the spell to honor their love and enshrine it in immortality, she merged the spell into the large moonstone in the headpiece of Merlin… And I vow on this day that the Fey will live free again!" After Merlin taught her all his secrets, she used her power to trap him in the Crystal Cave, effectively killing him. Later, the Lady comes to Arthur's court to receive her end of the bargain; she asks for the head of Sir Balin, whom she blames for her brother's death. Ford, Patrick K., "The Death of Merlin in the Chronicle of Elis Gruffudd", Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol 7 (1976), University of California Press, pp. Sir Thomas Malory in "Le Morte d'Arthur" represents Merlin as being an advisor to King Arthur. When Arthur became King, Merlin helped him acquire the infamous Round Table and helped Arthur set up his knightly order. When Arthur and Merlin first go to meet her, she holds Excalibur out of the water and offers it to Arthur if he promises to fulfill any request from her later, to which he agrees. Medieval authors and copyists produced various forms of the latter, including Nimane (Vulgate Merlin, in addition to "Viviane"), Nimanne / Niv[i]en[n]e / Vivienne (Huth Merlin), Vivien, Vivian, Nimiane/Niniame (Arthour and Merlin and Henry Lovelich's English Merlin Continuation), Nymenche (Lancelot Propre), Nin[i]eve (Post-Vulgate Suite du Merlin), Niniane (Livre d'Artus), Niviana (Baladro del Sage Merlin), and Ui[n/ui]ane (Estoire de Merlin), among other variations, including alternate spellings with the letter i written as y (such as Nymanne or Nynyane). Nimue talks Vortigern into setting Merlin free and she and the wizard go away together and live happily for a while. For instance, she saves Arthur from a magical attempt on his life made by his sister Morgan le Fay and from the death at the hands of Morgan's lover Accolon as in the Post-Vulgate, and together with Tristan frees Arthur from the lustful sorceress Annowre in a motif taken from the Prose Tristan. This is a good place to discover the story, find links for further information and to see how Merlin and Nimue are portrayed in art through the ages. Merlin was said to be born from an Incubus and a human maiden named Adhan, making him a Cambion(Half-demon, half-human) which is why he has magical powers. One was for the stones to be a monument to those that had died in battle with the Saxons. Nimue accompanied Merlin on a journey so that she might learn his magic. Merlin was believed to be a seer or prophet by some, enchanted with magical powers or just a wise man by others. One version has Nimue tiring of him and turning one of his own spells against him and seals him in a cave forever. The Legend. Merlin (Welsh: Myrddin, Cornish: Marzhin, Breton: Merzhin) is a mythological figure prominently featured in the legend of King Arthur and best known as an enchanter or wizard. The story does not find connections to its roots until Nimue is entrusted with delivering a sword called the Devil’s Tooth to Merlin – a sorcerer she only knows by way of legend. Merlin (also known as Myrddin, Merlinus) is the great wizard of the Arthurian Legends best known from Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur (1469 CE). After several years, Vortigern captures Merlin, and Nimue finds him in a cell. The place where Lancelot is raised is described there as to the north of Trèves-Cunault, on the Loire, in the middle of the (now extinct) forest of Beaufort-en-Vallée (the "Bois en Val" of the book). Thought Nynyve is sometimes friendly to Arthur and his knights, she is equally liable to act in her own interest. She became the lover of Sir Pelleas, whom she married. Franz Schubert set seven songs from Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake, including the three "Ellen songs" ("Ellens Gesang I",[35] "Ellens Gesang II",[36] and "Ellens Gesang III"[37]), although Schubert's music to Ellen's third song has become far more famous in its later adaptation, known as "Ave Maria". ~ Merlin and Nimue ~. For instance, in the Post-Vulgate Suite du Merlin, Malory's source for the earlier parts of Le Morte d'Arthur, the Lady of the Lake traps Merlin in a tomb, which results in his death. In Malory, she is the companion to a previous lady and takes over in that role. In Malory's version, Brandin of the Isles, renamed Brian (Bryan), is Nimue's evil cousin rather than her paramour. In my future blogs I’ll look at Avalon and Merlin, but I think the very next exploration of the Arthur legends should be about the man himself, King Arthur. 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 Grail. Modern retellings often omit that episode. After seeing Nimue ‘die’, Merlin gains possession of the Sword of Power and sees his magical abilities return, which he uses to defeat the Red Paladins and escape with Morgana. He was so in love with her that he was constantly at her side. Due to the relative obscurity of the word, it was misunderstood as "fair wanton maiden" and taken to be the name of Myrddin's female captor. In Suite du Merlin (“Merlin’s Continuation”, 1240) and Malory’s Book IV of Le Morte d’Arthur (1469), Merlin met and had fallen in love with the Lady of the Lake named Niniane (or Viviane, while Malory called her Nimue), after Arthur and Guinevere’s wedding. Nineue ferch Afallach, "Tennyson's Vivien", The Lady of the Lake is satirized in the 1975 film, Nimue appears as one of the primary antagonists in the, This page was last edited on 12 January 2021, at 01:59. The second reason was because the stones possessed great powers of healing. After Merlin's imprisonment, Nimue took on the aspect of being King Arthur's counselor and advisor. The all-mighty wizard Merlin could not help but become enchanted by Nimue, who keeps Merlin away from King Arthur, replacing Merlin and becoming Arthur’s on-call magician. [3][4][5] The most primitive French form might be Niniane. Arthur gives the Lady a rich burial, has her slayer banished, and allows Sir Launcenor of Ireland to go after him to avenge this disgrace. Afterwards, she sends off the young Lancelot to King Arthur's court as the nameless White Knight (a part of her affinity with the color white), but then keeps aiding him in various ways during his early adventures with her magic-item gifts (similar in that to his unnamed fairy protectoress in Chrétien's version, who too gives him a magic ring; the same of another of her magic rings also grants Lancelot's lover Queen Guinevere immunity from Morgan le Fay's power in the Prophéties de Merlin) and through her maidens serving as her agents and messengers. She is tired of his sexual advances, and afraid of his power as "a devil's son", so she does not have much of a choice but to ultimately get rid of him. There are different versions of his death. In the Prophéties de Merlin, she is proud of how Merlin had never taken her virginity, unlike what happened with his other students, and is especially cruel in the way she disposes of him;[20] she then takes Tristan's brother Meliadus the Younger as her actual lover. Malory then counts Nimue among the magical queens who arrive in a black boat with Morgan. Tatlock, J.S.P. Arthur refuses this request, and Balin swiftly decapitates her instead with his own magic sword (a cursed blade given to him by a mysterious lady from Avalon just a moment earlier) in front of Arthur and then sends off his squire with her severed head, much to the distress and shame of the king. Some versions cast Nimue as Merlin's enemy and ultimate doom while separating her from the Lady who gives Arthur his sword; other versions combine the … She can be also selfish, ruthless, desiring, and capricious. The Lancelot-Grail Cycle provides a backstory for the Lady of the Lake, "Viviane", in the Prose Merlin section, which takes place before the Lancelot Proper, though it was written later. "[21] The Livre d'Artus has Niniane leave Merlin for another lover (the evil king Brandin of the Isles, whom she teaches some magic that he then applies to his terrible castle Dolorous Gard[22]); she is never actually molested by Merlin and rids herself of him only as a precaution. Chrétien de Troyes's Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart, the first known story featuring Lancelot as a prominent character, was also the first to mention his upbringing by a fairy in a lake. The enchanted forest of Brocéliande is noted specifically, which later becomes the place of his imprisonment and/or burial. Merlin also received credit for being responsible for the moving of Stonehenge (also called The Giants Ring) from Mount Killaraus in Ireland to its current place in Salisbury Plain. “Swords and Sorceresses: The Chivalry of Malory's Nyneve.”. His usual depiction, based on an amalgamation of historical and legendary figures, was introduced by the 12th-century British author Geoffrey of Monmouth and the translator John of Cornwall. The full French name of the University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is Notre Dame du Lac. The Lady of the Lake began appearing by this title in the French chivalric romances by the early 13th century as the fairy godmother-type foster mother of the hero Lancelot. They grow up apart, but never forget one another. As summarized by Amy S. Kaufman. In some versions of the legend, Nimue traded her love for lessons in sorcery. Merlin Emrys was brought forward. When Arthur himself is in need in Malory's text, some incarnation of the Lady of the Lake, or her magic, or her agent, reaches out to help him. 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. In some cases, it is also uncertain whether Morgan le Fay and the Lady of the Lake are identical or separate characters. When Merlin was young, Vortigen, the King of Britain wanted to build a tower near Mount Snowdonia in Wales. The 15th-century Italian manuscript La Tavola Ritonda (The Round Table) makes the Lady a daughter of Uther Pendragon and a sister to both Morgan and Arthur; here she is a character villainous to the extent that her own brother Arthur swears to burn her. The French poet Robert Wace (c. 1110-1174 CE) then … Nimue was one of the three women who took the wounded Arthur away to Avalon following the Battle of Camlann, alongside the Lady of the Lake and Morgana le Fay. Nimue. 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