morgause of orkney

REMEMBER ME but forget my fate ↛ A mix for Morgause
[Malory & White]

A GOLDEN CROWN = ramin djawadi | instrumental |

“And King Lot of Lothian and of Orkney then wedded Morgause that was Gawain’s mother.”

YOUR ONLY DOLL (DORA) = laura marling | In his bed I am queen, unobtainable me, sexual being, human with feelings. The two are not me.

THE QUEEN’S APPROACH = the decemberists | instrumental |

“…King Arthur rode unto Caerleon. And thither came unto him King Lot’s wife of Orkney, in a manner of a message, but she was sent thither to espy the court of King Arthur, and she came richly beseen, with her four sons Gawain, Gaheris, Agravaine, and Gareth, with many other knights and ladies, for she was passing fair lady. Wherefore the King cast great love unto her, and desired to lie by her. And so they were agreed, and he begot upon her Sir Mordred, ad she was sister on the mother’s side, Igraine , unto Arthur.”
“He woke with a start, to find a black-haired, blue-eyed beauty in front of him […] This is the first time the young King had seen her, and she knew that she was looking her best […] Perhaps it was because he had never known a mother of his own, so that the role of mother love, as she stood with her children behind her, took him between wind and water. Whatever the explanation may have been, the Queen of Air and Darkness had a baby by her half-brother nine months later. It was called Mordred.”

BAT’S MOUTH = bat for lashes | The caves of our mouths are forests, darkness and the air. He is kind, she is free, wants to show him, she is sure. 

CRUEL = tori amos | Lover brother, my vine twists around your need. I can be cruel, I don’t know why.

SMOTHER = daughter | All my children can become me. What at mess I leave to follow.

DARKNESS, DARKNESS = lisa torban | Darkness, darkness, long and lonesome. I have felt the edge of sadness, I have known the depths of fear. Take away this pain of knowing.

MORDRED’S LULLABY = heather dale | For you are the proof of how he betrayed her loyalty. For the child of my body, the flesh of my soul, will die in returning the birthright he stole.

THE FIRES I STARTED = unwoman | I will end here listening to the sound of my own breathing. To my many accomplishments, though you never heard what I meant.

“The Queen of Orkney was there but a while, but Sir Lamorak should come to her […] And then he went unto the queen’s bed, and she made of him passing great joy, and he of her again, for either loved passing sore.”

LILITH = susanne sundfør| It’s all trouble ‘cause you want to feel it. You lie across the table, you swear and rhyme. Thinking that someone might suit your body.

“So when Sir Gaheris saw his time, he came to their bedside all armed, with his sword naked, and suddenly he got his mother by her hair and struck off her head. When Sir Lamorak saw the blood dash upon him all hot, which was the blood that he loved passing well, wit you well he was sore abashed and dismayed of that dolorous sight.”
“The murder of Queen Morgause had not been done on purpose. Agravaine had done it on the spur of the moment - in his outraged passion, he said - but they knew by instinct that it was from jealousy.”

LAID IN EARTH = ane brun | I’m laid in earth, may my wrongs create no trouble, no trouble in thy breast. Remember me, remember me but ah…Forget my fate.

LILY’S THEME = alexandre desplat | instrumental |

“Now that [Morgause] was dead, [Mordred] had become her grave. She existed in him like the vampire. When he moved, when he blew his nose, he did it with her movement.”

[LISTEN] -all quotes are from Malory/T.H. White-


My edit: the Family of Orkney and the Children of Morgause: Gawain, Agravaine, Clarissant, Gaheris, Gareth, Mordred.

The five brothers were named in Le Mort d'Arthur and other important arthurian sources, for example the romances of Chretien de’ Trois. In Le Mort d'Arthur of Malory, Gawain, Agravaine, Gaheris and Gareth are sons of Morgause and Lot King of Orkney, meanwhile Mordred was born by the accidental incest between Morgause and King Arthur.

Clarissant, the only daughter of Morgause, didn’t appeared in Le Mort d’ Arthur, but only in some marginal legends. I personally love the headcanon that she is a selkie, and I adopted it.


Arthurian Characters’ Posters: The Family of Orkney: Morgause, Gawain, Agravaine, Gaheris, Gareth, Mordred, Clarissant, Soredamor

Explanation: meanwhile Gawain, Agravaine, Gaheris, Gareth and Mordred are always reported such as children of Queen Morgause of Orkney (even if the names of Gaheris and Gareth are reported in their English form only in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur), Clarissant and Soredamor appeared only in few versions. Clarissant appeared in Chretien de Troyes’ Perceval ou Le cont du Graal, and Soredamor in another work of Chretien de Troyes, a poem entitled Cliges. (Soredamor, according with this poem, means “fair by love”, where “fair” stayed for an ancient French adjective that indicated blonde or red hair, so my translation is terribly inaccurate, sorry). Sometimes Chretien de Troyes described Agravaine as “proud” and Clarissant as “wise”, but these adjectives aren’t their nickname. On the other side, according to Malory,  “The Maiden’s Knight” is a sort of “title” for Gawain, and so “the Kitchen’s Knight” for Gareth.