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Morgan Le Fay, aka Morgana and Morgaine, made her first appearance in the written word in Vita Merlini (Life of Merlin) by Geoffrey of Monmouth. She is one of those that has no mythology. She has a legend, yes, but nothing like, say, Isis or Aphrodite have. However, even that legend is more about Arthur than her. Morgan Le Fay means “the fairy”. She has been portrayed as a witch, sorceress or enchantress, fae, and goddess. In all forms she is powerful.
Igraine is her mother which makes King Arthur her half-brother. This also means Uther Pendragon is her step-father. Gorlois of Tintagel, Duke of Cornwall is her real father. Morgan married King Urien. I know of one child, Yvain. Some say Mordred is her child but that could be Morgause rather than Morgan. Her lovers are many and vary, but they include Accolon, Guiomar, Ogier the Dane, Sebile, Merlin, Lancelot, and of course Arthur.
Morgan has been portrayed as everything from a healer to an evil villain. She has even been portrayed as Arthur’s lover. In the retellings that she is a healer, it is often after Arthur’s last battle and he must go with her to Avalon where she will heal him and care for him until such a time comes when we are ready for him to return. Morgan hates Guinevere for some weird reason. Some versions of the story attribute it to her desire for Arthur’s affections. Others say it is Sir Lancelot’s attention that she wants and he too is in love with Guinevere.
To be honest, Morgan started as benevolent and a healer. The turn of her character becoming the villain was as the Church came into prominence. It wasn’t a fast 180 degrees thankfully. Throughout history though, Merlin was still treated kindly and with respect. Not Morgan though. Oh no. She was turned into the best villain ever.
Some books or writings with Morgan are The Mists Of Avalon, Vita Merlini, Le Morte D’Arthur, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. She can also be found in movies such as The Kid Who Would Be King. I need to read the Mists Of Avalon. It is intimidating. Not only is it at least two or three inches thick, but it also is taller and wider than a whole lot of books. It is at least two hundred nineteen thousand words long.
How do you think Morgan Le Fay fits into Smite? Do you like to play her? I figure as a villain who has access to so much power she would make a great fighter. If she were in her first form, the healer, she could be a healer in the game. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on Morgana. Until next time.