avalon

     

Avalon (probably from the Celtic wor abal: apple; see Etymology below) is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend, famous for its beautiful apples. It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 1136 pseudohistorical account Historia Regum Britanniae ("The History of the Kings of Britain") as the place where King Arthur is taken to recover from his wounds after his last battle at Camlann, and where his sword Caliburn (Excalibur) was forged. The concept of such an "Isle of the Blessed" has parallels in other Indo-European mythology, in particular the Irish Tír na nÓg and the Greek Hesperides, the latter also noted for its apples.

Trivia about avalon

  • In Arthurian legend, Morgan le Fay is the ruler of this island
  • The Somerset town of Glastonbury claims to be this fabled isle, the final resting place of King Arthur
  • The land of heroes to King Arthur, it was the Island of the Blessed in Celtic myth
  • After Mordred mortally wounded him, Arthur's body was carried away to this island
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of" here gives the women's view of the Arthurian legend
  • Roxy Music:An island where King Arthur was carried after death
  • In Arthurian legend, this island represented an earthly paradise
  • (Cheryl of the Clue Crew reports from on high on Catalina Island, CA.) Catalina's only city shares its name with this island of the King Arthur legends