Lady of the Lake

British - Guardian of a magical lake. The office of guardian of the lake, who lived in a castle in the centre of the lake with her own train of attendants, seems to have been occupied by several women in the Arthurian legends, including Morgan le Fay and Nimue. She seized the infant Lancelot when he was left on the side of the lake and reared him in her underwater realm until he reached manhood. In one version she is said to have given the sword Excalibur to King Arthur and to have received it when it was returned to the lake by Bedivere on Arthur's death. One holder of this office was killed by Balin whom she accused of killing her brother. In some Continental tales she was the mother of Mabuz. Referred to as Lady of the Lake, Dame du lac, Dame du lac, Lady of the Lake, Morgan le Fay, Morgan le Fay, Argante, Feimurgan, Lady of Avalon, Morgain, Morgaine, Morgan le Fée, Morgana, Morgen, Morghe, Morgue le Fay, Morgue le Faye, Nimue, Queen of Avalon, Argante, Fata Morgana, Matrona, Modron, Morgain(e), Morgan(n)a, Morgue le Fay(e), Nineve, Queen of Cyprus, Queen of Gore, White Serpent, White Serpent or Lady of the Lake.
European - A name for Morgana in Orlando Furioso. Known as Lady of the Lake, Dame du lac, Dame du lac, Lady of the Lake, Morgan le Fay, Morgan le Fay, Argante, Feimurgan, Lady of Avalon, Morgain, Morgaine, Morgan le Fée, Morgana, Morgen, Morghe, Morgue le Fay, Morgue le Faye, Nimue, Queen of Avalon, Argante, Fata Morgana, Matrona, Modron, Morgain(e), Morgan(n)a, Morgue le Fay(e), Nineve, Queen of Cyprus, Queen of Gore, White Serpent, White Serpent or Lady of the Lake.

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