Questions about a character or place??
for all the answers.
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
Next, the scenes with the Princess, again, purely
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,
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
The gate in London that is being frequented by Arthur in the story,
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 Table. Giants Dance is
another name for Stone Henge and was originally thought to come from
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.