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by Mike Jordan

Part Three

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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 2 No. 11  2012-4 is published by BIG RED A PRESS, 18 Arnold Dr. Lisbon, Me. 04250 of which, Mike Jordan is the sole owner and operator.  The main contents of this book are 2013-14 by Michael Jordan.  "The Pentecost King" is 1998 by Michael Jordan.    Any similarities between any of the characters in this publication and any person, living of dead, is purely coincidental-except for practically every other character in this story, depending on how much of the old legends you choose to believe.

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    gain, before reading this, I do have to warn you that there are spoilers abound if you haven't already cover to covered the issue.  With that having been said and my conscience clear......
     Starting with Valerian's scenes, they, of course, are purely Parverian Tales and don't jibe with any of the actual legends, except for the mention of the three witches with whom Morgan supposedly shares the castle.  It was a fragment of one of Lancelot's stories where he encountered four queens who turned out to be enchantresses.  We just amalgamated that to this with Morgan as one of the four.  Her costumes to entice the cavalier are from ancient Greece and Egypt, which is significant to the story (which you'll learn later) but has nothing to do with the actual legends.  She also did keep animals and did have a castle, but most everything beyond that is conjecture.
     Next, the scenes with the Princess, again, purely PT stuff, too, although King Uriens, as said before, was an actual character in the Arthur stories, and he was married to Morgan, and they indeed had a son named Owain.   All the stuff about their  difficult marriage, however, is not.  In her second scene, Arthur has doubts about his ability to sit the throne, which did happen in the old stories.  And although he was shriven and made a knight before his second shot at pulling the sword from the stone, and more knights from further afield were gathering in London for Candlemas and that event, the rest was pure fabrication.  The fellah and crew coming into the city when the Princess catches up  to Arthur is Brandegoris, the king of Stranggor (east Wales) who proves to be one of the aspiring high king's larger detractors.  Strangely, that's his territory that Eric and the boys are passing through when they're attacked.  Hey, we warned you about stuff like that.
     The next set of scenes, the ones with Eric and crew, will be broken down into two separate listings.  As was stated before, the boys were in the woods of eastern Wales on the way to visit Rience, but, beyond the several stories spouted by the twins, those about Gallus and Belinus (he built the first major roads in Britain), it was all straight-up PT.  Then they head west toward Cameliard (if any of this travel stuff is a mite confusing, check out the map under what you're reading.)
     In the castle of King Leodegrance we finally meet Guinevere, Lancelot, and Merlin (all real characters), and, although the action is mainly PT (although Ulfius-remember him from issue 9-is real, there was nothing saying that he continued on in service with Leo), the background stuff is all straight from the legends.  The story of how Lance got to be called Dulac (you meet his dad and uncle later), and all the stuff from Merlin about the round table and how it came to be and the names of Uther's arms is all dead on.
     See how he's subtly weaving the two stories together.

So until next time,               

Mike Jordan                       
Lisbon, ME.                        

            For those really, die-hard FTWWTK fans, the castle in which Morgan was holed up is actually an amalgamation of a couple of different real castles.  The main one is Rochester, with a little bit of Dover and Bromburgh Castle thrown in for good measure.  The whole thing is placed on a mount now known as Arthur's Seat overlooking Edinburgh in Scotland, then known as Lothian.  The gate in London that is being frequented by Arthur in the story, Lud Gate (Porth Lud), is actually named after the man that had founded the city (Caer Lud), and is supposedly buried there.  Merlin mentions returning from Broceliande.  This is a forest where his secret house with all the windows and doors is located.  It is said that it was here that he actually constructed the Round TableGiants Dance is another name for Stone Henge and was originally thought to come from Ireland.
     And a special note, this issue begins the new method Mr. Jordan has developed for inking to compensate for the challenges he faces with his hands, and include the first pages he has produced in over five years.  See if you can pick out which are which.