Nimue

British - One of the holders of the office of Lady of the Lake. Daughter of King Pellinore or Dyonas. In some stories she is a nun, in others the daughter of a Sicilian siren or of Dinas. Some equate her with Morgan le Fay, others have her as a separate person. As Vivian, she was the daughter of Dylan. Some accounts place her as one of the attendants of the Lady of the Lake who later assumed that office. At Arthur's wedding feast the proceedings were interrupted when a white stag galloped into the hall followed by a white bitch and a pack of hounds. A knight seized the dog and rode off with it. A lady on a pony then appeared claiming that the dog was hers. She was forcibly dragged away by an unknown knight who rode into the hall. The knight was Ontelake and the girl was Nimue. She was rescued by Pellinore who killed Ontelake and brought her back to Camelot where Merlin fell madly in love with her as he had always known he would despite knowing also that she would destroy him. When Guinevere was accused of poisoning the apple that killed Patrise, Nimue made it known that Pinel was the guilty party. She travelled with Merlin to Ban's court in Benwick and back to England, always promising to sleep with her aging suitor if he would tell her all the secrets of his magic art which, foolishly, he did. In Cornwall, he used his powers to make a fabulous room inside a rock where they might be together but when they entered the room she sprang back and sealed the entrance with an unbreakable spell. She rode away leaving Merlin to his fate and came upon Pelleas dying of unrequited love for Ettarde. Nimue used her magic to cause Ettarde to fall in love with Pelleas but then put a spell on Pelleas so that he rejected her love. She stayed with Pelleas for the rest of her life; some versions say they married. In some stories she left Merlin tied up in the magic forest, Broceliande, trapped in an oak tree or entangled forever in a thorn-bush. In those versions where Nimue and Vivien are regarded as separate characters, it was the latter who entangled Merlin in a thorn-bush. In some accounts, she is identified with Rhiannon. In some references, known as Nimue, Lady of the Lake, Lady of the Lake, Dame du Lac, Morgana, White Serpent, Lady of the Lake, Lady of the Lake, Morgan le Fay, Morgan le Fay, Argante, Feimurgan, Lady of Avalon, Morgain, Morgaine, Morgan le Fée, Morgen, Morghe, Morgue le Fay, Morgue le Faye, Queen of Avalon, Argante, Fata Morgana, Matrona, Modron, Morgain(e), Morgan(n)a, Morgue le Fay(e), Nineve, Queen of Cyprus, Queen of Gore, Nimiane, Nimiane, Niniane, Niniane, Nymenche, Nymenche, Vivian, Vivian, Viviane, Viviane, Vivien, Vivien, Vivienne, Vivienne, Nymue, Nymue, Nymeue, Nineue, Nineue, Vivian(e), Vivian(e), Vivien(ne) or Vivien(ne).

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