Morgan le Fay and Mordred
By Paxton and Emma
Morgan Le Fay
Morgan le Fay was a powerful sorceress in Arthurian legend. She is said to have been the half-sister of Arthur by his mother, Igraine and her first husband, Gorlois. In some early accounts of the story, she was one of the nine sisters that ruled over Avalon. In others, she was merely a countess.
Her first appearance, by name, in an Arthurian tale was in Vita Merlini by Geoffrey of Montmouth. In this tale she is said to be the eldest of nine magical sisters that rule over Avalon, the Isle of Apples. She made few appearances after this until Eric and Enides, in which she is a guest at the wedding of the couple said to have magical powers.
She is normally regarded as a healer and the ruler of Avalon, the magical land across the sea where Arthur is taken post-final battle. In most of the versions of the story, Morgan is one of the people that takes Arthur to the island after his nearly fatal fight with her son, Mordred.
Morgan also despises Guinivere, due to the fact that Guinevere ended Morgan's affair with Gulomar, Guinevere's cousin. Morgan dislikes her so much that she instigated the visit of the Green Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to frighten Guinevere. She also is shown as an adversary to Arthur, by plotting to kill him with her ally Accolon, but when this fails, she steals the scabbard of Excalibur and throws it in a lake. In the end, she must regret the decisions she has made, because she takes Arthur to Avalon to be healed.
Mordred is said to be the illegitimate son of Arthur, with his sister Morgan le Fay. The backstory behind this changes based on the story. In some stories, it is said that Arthur and Morgan simply made a mistake. In other stories, it is said that Morgan disguised herself as another woman, and then seduced Arthur. His incestuous background is said to be the reason behind his disloyalty and twisted personality.
Merlin made a prophecy that a child born on May Day would cause the downfall of Camelot. Arthur then went on to send all children born on that day away on a boat, hoping that the child to cause the downfall would die. However, the boat crashed on some rocks, drowning all the children besides Mordred. He was rescued and raised by a knight until age 14.
Throughout his teenage years, Mordred participated in a tournaments to prepare him for being knighted. During this time, Mordred's hate for Arthur is growing. However, Arthur is not aware that Mordred is his son, but simply his nephew, so he does not see an issue in knighting him. Mordred even becomes a member of the Round Table, while his hate and jealousy for Arthur grew all the time. Eventually, Mordred finds out about Guinevere and Lancelot's affair, and convinces the Round Table to capture Lancelot. When Arthur leaves to search for the Holy Grail, Mordred seizes the opportunity to take the throne. When Arthur returns, a civil war breaks out, due mostly to the fact that Mordred has turned people against him while ruling in his absence.
Betrayal and Death of Mordred
During the Battle of Camelot, or the Final Battle, Arthur and Mordred duke it out. In the end, Mordred delivers the fatal blow to Arthur, his father. However, before he dies, Using his last bit of strength, Arthur is able to return the favor to Mordred, killing his illegitimate son, and former friend. Arthur dies a hero's death, whereas Mordred is viewed as a traitor, and held partly responsible for the fall of Camelot.