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Arthurian myth: the mapping of Avalon

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Arthurian myth: the mapping of Avalon

Explorations of Arthur from Dark Age Briton to Hollywood idol...

Location: In ones mind, in ones heart, in the words of myth and lore
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Latest Activity: Feb 10, 2014

The mapping of Avalon....

Into the Twilight

     Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn,
Come clear of the nets of wrong and right;
Laugh, heart, again in the grey twilight;
Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.
     Your mother Eire is always young,
Dew ever shining and twilight grey;
Though hope fall from you and love decay,
Burning in fires of a slanderous tongue.
     Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill:
For there the mystical brotherhood
Of sun and moon and hollow and wood
And river and stream work out their will;
     And God stands winding His lonely horn,
And time and the world are ever in flight;
And love is less kind than the grey twilight,
And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.

William Butler Yeats 1902

 

A myth is history colored by emotion and modified by transmission over time; and as such, King Arthur and the Holy Grail inhabit one of the most potent of mythical realms, a realm that serves as a backdrop for our dreams, dusted off from time to time, and overlaid with the political and emotional struggles of the time.
   As time progresses, this site will attempt to blow away the dust of ages, to consider the different possibilities, to reveal the real and the fictional, and to invoke Arthur to rise from his bed where he sleeps with his knights awaiting our greatest need. 

Jim Donaldson Gordd Cymru

Discussion Forum

The Sun King & the House of Tudor: 3 Replies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 10, 2014.

Tristan and Isolde: A Medieval Story of Love and Betrayal By Carolyn Emerick

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 3, 2014.

King Arthur in Early Welsh Literature Excerpts from Various Welsh Poems and Verses

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 29, 2014.

Depictions of the Scots in the Arthurian Legend by Diana Jefferies

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 23, 2014.

Not All the Knights of the Round Table Were White By Rose Eveleth

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 22, 2014.

Myrddin,-Wizard Bard of Magic and Wonder by Porcelain Doll

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Oct 31, 2012.

Arthur's Round Table Found? by Joni

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Oct 24, 2012.

The Love Story of Lancelot and Guinevere by tuffy perkins

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Oct 24, 2012.

The Mystery of the Priest Dressed Like a Woman

Started by PerseH ~Staff Wrangler~ Feb 27, 2012.

Round Table 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 21, 2011.

Guinevere

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 21, 2011.

Holy Grail

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Galahad

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Lancelot

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Lady of the Lake

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Excalibur

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Morgan Le Fay

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Avalon

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Arthur, King

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

Camelot

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 20, 2011.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 9, 2014 at 12:33pm

Arthur the 'Sun King' & Glastonbury:


(Pictured: Sunrise at Glastonbury Tor)

The association of Arthur and Glastonbury goes back at least to the early Middle Ages. In the late 12th century the monks of Glastonbury Abbey announced that they had found the grave of Arthur and Guinivere, his queen. According to the monks, an excavation found a stone inscribed "Here lies Arthur, king" [see comment section]. Below the stone they found the bones of a large man, and the smaller skeleton of a woman. The monks reburied the bones in the grounds of the abbey, where they were a very handy draw for pilgrims. The site of the grave can be seen today in the abbey grounds.

Glastonbury Tor, the enigmatic conical hill that rises above Glastonbury, has been linked with the Isle of Avalon, where King Arthur was buried after his death. This isn't so farfetched as it may sound, for a millennium ago the water level was much higher, and the tor would indeed have been an island. Avalon was also called "the isle of glass" which does suggest similarities to the name "Glastonbury".

Interestingly, with regards to King Arthur at Glastonbury: the landscape around Glastonbury is said to have been moulded and shaped so that the features (such as roads, churches, and burial mounds) create a zodiac calendar replete with Arthurian symbology. Like so many of the Arthurian myths, so much is open to interpretation and your own predisposition to believe or disbelieve.
(credit David Ross)

***Plaque at king Arthur's Tomb in Glastonbury...Credit Photo former gravesite King Arthur: Tom Oidelman ***

Merovingians: The Once, The Present, & Future kings's portrait.

Comment by miyoko canter on October 9, 2011 at 8:01pm
:)
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 9, 2011 at 7:45pm
we try to have a well collected source to chose from
Comment by miyoko canter on October 9, 2011 at 7:30pm
lovely picture.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 9, 2011 at 6:21pm
Comment by miyoko canter on October 9, 2011 at 5:49pm
:)
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 9, 2011 at 5:42pm
will look forward to all you can then,
Comment by miyoko canter on October 9, 2011 at 5:34pm
whatever i can.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 9, 2011 at 4:16pm
So what do you have to add upon this subject and for all to love as well?
Comment by miyoko canter on October 9, 2011 at 3:48pm
i love anything to do with the arthurian times.
 

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