Avalon

 
 

Avalon, or Insula Avallonis, is where King Arthur's Excalibur sword was forged. It is also the place where he was taken, fatally wounded, to meet his death. Avalon is a utopian paradise where the legends of knights and political wholeness unite in a kingdom lost in the mists of time.

It is the place where the famous witch Morgana lived -for some the half sister of King Arthur - and where apples grew all the year round. It is believed that its name means "the island of apples," as in the Breton language Aval is the name of that fruit; the island of Avalon has also been called Ynys Witrin, meaning "island of crystal," a name that makes clear reference to the place's mystical qualities.

During the Battle of Camlann King Arthur clashed with with Mordred and was mortally wounded. King Arthur was taken to Avalon on a boat by the nine fairy queens - Morgana, Moronoe, Mazoe, Gliten, Glitonea, Gliton, Tyronoe, Thiten and Thiton -. There they laid him upon a golden bed where Morgana remains to this day watching over his body. There are also those that say Arthur did not die and that he will return to guide his people.

To reach Avalon it is necessary to undertake a sea voyage. On this island nature produced grain, apples and grapes by itself, without the need to sow, plow or cultivate and whomever lives in Avalon could live for more than 100 years.

Avalon symbolizes purity, abundance and magic, and which is the reason for the strong significance it has had in Western culture for so many years. It is a terrestrial utopia and, at the same time, a point of political reference of a time when rulers and their knights were brave, honest and virtuous, a harmonious bridge between the earthy and the celestial, between what is and what some would like it to be. There are the intact values (those that we have corrupted to the point of dismantling), and there are the nine fairies that guard King Arthur and his paradise of apples.
 
 

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