It is possible that Morgause also had the gift of a seer, since she possessed the magical bracelet before giving it to Morgana, her half sister. In the Post-Vulgate Cycle, Gaheris' brothers Gawain and Agravain initially plot to kill him in revenge for Morgause's death until they are persuaded to end the bloodshed in the family by Gareth and Bors. Morgause was also capable of telepathy as she used it to contact Morgana on one occasion. Morgause obviously thought she was superior to Cenred despite him being a king and she frequently gave him orders which Cenred usually obeyed. Surrounded, Morgause used her magic to take Morgana and herself away from Camelot and saved her life. Morgause was very confident in her own abilities, passing straight into Camelot and killing five guards on the way before challenging Arthur to a duel. Morgause later met up with Morgana in a crowded market disguised as a poor old woman. There is an abusive sexual relationship between Uther and Morgana.  Her parallel in Arthour and Merlin (late 13th century) is Belisent (Bellicent).  Other sources do not follow this substitution, however, indicating that Gwyar and Anna/Morgause originated independently.. Morgause watched proudly as Morgana was crowned Queen of Camelot. The despicable part was that Arthur had know idea that Morgause was his half sister (along with her other two sisters). Many years after her birth, Morgause returned to Camelot, now a grown woman. Gaius arrived in time to prevent her from killing the young warlock and attacked her with his own magic catching her off guard. Morgause also demonstrated the ability to magically transport herself and Morgana by forming a whirlwind around them, and was able to conjure a massive column of fire that would have killed Arthur if Merlin had not stopped her. Although Morgause survived the attack from Merlin and Gaius, she was left with serious scars on the right side of her face, along with various other unspecified health problems. Statistics The sisters were united to start planning the attack of Camelot (The Fires of Idirsholas). She is the reason Morgana had become evil. The young Morgause is wed to the Orcadian King Lot and bears him four sons, all of whom go on to serve Arthur as Knights of the Round Table: Gawain, one of his greatest knights; Agravain, a wretched and twisted traitor; Gaheris; and Gareth, a gentle and loving knight. Morgause had apparently been previously unaware that Uther was Morgana's father (The Crystal Cave). A powerful High Priestess aiming for revenge. I was led to believe that the child had died. In his first attempt to pass her a note she was suspicious and threatened to kill him (The Sins of the Father). In modern Arthuriana, the character of Morgause is often conflated with that of Morgan le Fay; in John Boorman's film Excalibur (1981), for instance, Morgause's role as the mother of Mordred is transferred to "Morgana". As Morcades she also appears in Les Enfances Gauvain (early 13th century) and again in Heinrich von dem Türlin's Diu Crône (c. 1230). She is the main antagonist of the episode "Sins of the Father" and the secondary antagonist of Season 3. Merlin - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 554 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 7 - Published: 10/12/2010 - Morgana, Morgause Morgause chose her sister over her chance to kill Uther, and used her magic to kill the knights. Nevertheless, Morgause has an affair with Sir Lamorak, a son of Pellinore and one of Arthur's best knights. When Morgause captured Merlin, she used a powerful enchantment on his chains to the point that he was unable to break free by using his magic. In addition to being extremely powerful in magic, Morgause was also an expert Swordswomen, being able to kill five Camelot guards with ease, and was the only known person besides Lancelot, Helios, and Albin who has managed to defeat Arthur in combat. Morgause first met Morgana when she arrived in Camelot and challenged Arthur to a duel and gave her a healing bracelet to help her sleep at night. Merlin then showed her the hemlock, but Arthur and the Knights of Camelot soon burst into the room. Acting as a spy during the war, Morgause comes to Carleon where she visits the young King Arthur, ignorant of their familial relationship, in his bedchamber and they conceive Mordred. After Morgana discovered the truth of her birth, Morgause was the mastermind behind most of her sister's plans to get rid of him and seize the throne. However it can be assumed that she did so in order for her plans to come to fruition. The spell gave the impression to the people of Camelot that their king may be losing his mind and would be unfit to rule. Gaius did so, and swore an oath to never reveal his actions to anyone while Uther was led to believe that Morgause had died, also due to an unknown reason. Morgause was highly intelligent, astute, powerful, arrogant, vengeful, and Machiavellian. One time, Lancelot and Bleoberis find Lamorak and Meleagant fighting over which queen is more beautiful, Morgause or Guinevere. She also had some level of telepathy as she was the only person other than Merlin able to hear Mordred speaking mentally (The Beginning of the End). Aglain (portrayed by Colin Salmon) was a Druid man who lived in the Forest of Acestir. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. She had no real affection for him, though, and her treacherous nature was exemplified when she had him killed. He called her "My Lady" and also commented on her courage and bowed to her on one occasion. Morgause was so consumed with hatred and rage as a result of the persecution of sorcerers by Uther that she would stop at almost nothing to destroy him completely. Morgana was a seer and thus was able to see visions of the future in her dreams. Thanks to her spy, Morgana, Morgause discovered when Arthur and Merlin set out to find the Cup of Life. See more ideas about emilia fox, merlin, merlin morgana. Morgause genuinely cared for her half-sister Morgana, who seemed to be the only person for whom she had any affection. In modern Arthuriana, the character of Morgause is often conflated with that of Morgan le Fay; in John Boorman's film Excalibur (1981), for instance, Morgause's role as the mother of Mordred is transferred to "Morgana". It appears her name was originally a place name, as "Orcades" coincides with the Latin name for the Orkney Islands, the land traditionally ruled by Gawain's parents. Being the two youngest and only two new people, obviously everybody begins to ship them together. You're a skilled swordsman. As a result of Uther's ban on all things magical, Morgause lost all contact with her family when she was a young child. A later search through the rubble found no trace of Morgana or Morgause leaving their fate unknown (The Coming of Arthur). According to E. R. Huber, "What becomes clear on reading Le Morte d'Arthur and its medieval predecessors is that Morgause was not a villain until the modern period." May 15, 2016 - Explore Rhoda Timpson's board "Morgana and Morgause" on Pinterest. Her magic will be powerful. Morgana and Morgause deleted scenes 4x01 (Merlin - The Darkest Hour) - Duration: 1:12. Morgause later visited Morgana, who had just discovered that she was Uther's illegitimate daughter. It is possible that Ygraine knew Morgause's mother, and as it is known that Vivienne spent time in Camelot, this would lend credence to the theory that Vivienne is Morgause's mother. List of Appearances: Morgause was an extremely powerful sorceress, and after the death of Nimueh, she replaced her as Camelot's most dangerous enemy. Mordred is the offspring of Arthur's inadvertent incest with Morgause, the king's estranged half-sister. King GormauseSister (by Morgana) In an unreleased deleted scene from The Secret Sharer, Morgana, who is lying on the brink of death following her encounter with the old Emrys, sees her sister in the Spirit world and is given a magical coin that revives her. The corresponding character of Arthur's sister in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th-century Latin chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae is named Anna, and is depicted as a daughter of Uther Pendragon and Igraine. Morgana appeared to be the only other person for whom Morgause had any real affection. They secretly met at night in the castle where Morgause told her about different types of possible futures and told her to make sure this one would never happen. If she marries Arthur all hope in magic returning to Camelot will be lost' Elvira's forehead creased. [Notes 1] She is furthermore a sister of Morgan le Fay and the wife of King Lot of Orkney, as well as the mother of Gareth, Agravain, and Gaheris, the last of whom murders her. She was able to summon an apparition of Arthur's mother, and later reawaken the Knights of Medhir as well as put the whole of Camelot into a deep sleep; the only beings immune to this spell were Kilgharrah and Morgana, but the latter was only immune because she was the source of the magic. But that isn't the case, Morgause actually had a very startling and heavy impact on the show...she was the one that harbored Morgana to the dark side. Despite the fact that his father tried to prevent him from leaving, Arthur went to meet her, accompanied by Merlin. When Morgause was badly injured by Merlin and Gaius, Morgana was devastated and cried over her body, magically transporting the both of them away. Morgause is one of the secondary antagonists of the BBC television series Merlin. Morgause, briefly known as King Gormause and known as Sister by Morgana, is a character originally on Merlin. Morgause, upon hearing her sister's telepathic screams, confronted Merlin and demanded he tell her what he used to poison her sister so she could heal her. If Merlin told Morgana he had magic, Morgana's character arc could have gone differently. She was enraged when Merlin thwarted her and Morgana's plan, though she did not know that Merlin was the person that prevented the fall of Camelot (The Tears of Uther Pendragon). Theory three: Morgause is the daughter of Uther and a woman with powerful magical powers who then went on to marry Gorlois and bear Morgana, and then died (naturally or not) around the time of the Purge. After Morgana's return, both of them were bitter and clearly held a grudge against Merlin. She also befriends a … According to E. R. Huber, "What becomes clear on reading Le Morte d'Arthur and its medieval predecessors is that Morgause was not a villain until the modern period. Morgause was born into one of the noble houses of Camelot, the house of Gorlois - though the man himself is not her father as Morgause and Morgana referred to one another as "sister" once Morgana's true parentage (that of Uther) was known; her mother, Vivienne, the wife of Gorlois, is also implied to be Morgana's mother, and they both inherited their magical powers from her. She also introduced herself to her half-sister, Morgana, though she kept their relationship a secret. After her death, Merlin expressed his satisfaction to Morgana over his achievement to gravely injure Morgause. Though most legends present her as Arthur's sister through his mother, Ygraine, in some lesser-known versions, she (and presumably Morgana, as well) is unrelated to Ygraine, being, instead, Arthur's half-sister on Uther's side. Morgause displayed how much she cared for Morgana by abandoning her attempt on Uther's life to save her after she was poisoned by Merlin. Though Cenred was polite to Morgause, she frequently threatened him whenever he failed her. Morgana was evidently disturbed and unhappy about killing her sister, but Morgause was determined to use her inevitable death to benefit her and persuaded her to go through with it. Race: Morgause also arrogantly informed Merlin that she wouldn't see him again as she prepared to kill him and was caught off guard by the arrival of Gaius which resulted in her defeat. Morgana was also a very powerful sorceress and High Priestess of the Old Religion as well as a highly trained swords woman. For some unknown reason, Gaius was asked to smuggle the infant Morgause out of Camelot and give her to the High Priestesses of the Old Religion. Morgana will use this coin in the episode Lancelot du Lac to summon Lancelot's spirit. This is Morgana-centric and full of femslash, Morgana/ Morgause is the main pairing. 'I will never allow Aurelia, my youngest sister, to marry Arthur. They are usually cast in the role of Lot's wife and Gawain's mother.  Her death was first included in the Post-Vulgate Queste; Malory used the variant from the Second Version of the Prose Tristan. She helped Morgana with her plan to kill Arthur by getting Cenred to kidnap Gwen's brother Elyan and giving her a magical ring to guide Cenred's warriors to Arthur, she nearly killed Arthur with a fire spell before Merlin exploded the fire before it could harm Arthur (The Castle of Fyrien). She easily overpowered Merlin when he attempted to spill blood out of the Cup of Life, slamming him against the wall with a non-verbal spell, and it was only because of the intervention of Gaius that Merlin managed to defeat her. She runs to the first kingdom that comes to her mind: Camelot. Morgause later awoke the Knights of Medhir to kill Uther. 'I do not know how to stop it.  Gwyar is named as a female, a daughter of Amlawdd Wledig, in one version of the hagiographical genealogy Bonedd y Saint, while the 14th-century Birth of Arthur substitutes Gwyar for Geoffrey's Anna as Gwalchmei/Gawain's mother. Eventually, her son Gaheris discovers them in flagrante and swiftly beheads Morgause but spares her unarmed lover (who is left naked in bed covered in her blood, and is killed later by four Orkney brothers in an unequal fight). The Tears of Uther Pendragon have only begun to fall. Morgause was the half-sister of Arthur who married Lot. She gave Morgana the Phoenix Eye to give to Arthur for his quest to claim The Fisher King's trident so it would kill him (The Eye of the Phoenix). Potential incest between Uther/Morgana, Morgana/ Morgause, genetic relatedness to be established in part 2-4.  Matronyms were sometimes used in Wales, as in the case of Math fab Mathonwy and Gwydion fab Dôn, and were also fairly common in early Ireland. She debuted in the series' eighth episode of the second season. She also approached Morgana and won her trust by playing on the fact that if Uther discovered that she had magic, he would have her executed. Morgana was a seer and thus was able to see visions of the future in her dreams. Morgause studied magic for many years, eventually becoming a very powerful sorceress, acting to take her revenge on King Uther Pendragon. She wore a red velvet dress and her gaze appeared fixated on her sister. According to the Enfaces Gawain, Lot was her page with whom she had an intrigue, as a result of which Gawain was born. In later Welsh Arthurian literature, Gawain is considered synonymous with the native champion Gwalchmei; Gwyar (meaning "gore" or "spilled blood/bloodshed") is likely the name of Gwalchmei's mother, rather than his father as is the standard in the Welsh Triads. Although Morgause noticed something different about Merlin, she failed to realize his gift and her attempts to kill him were foiled, first by Kilgharrah (The Tears of Uther Pendragon) and then by Gaius (The Coming of Arthur). Morgause was the half-sister of Morgana Pendragon; it is currently unknown if she had any other siblings, however this is more on the unlikely side. Morgause was so consumed with hatred and rage as a result of the persecution of sorcerers by Uther that she would stop at almost nothing to destroy him completely. Morgause looked back to Morgana as she paced up and down before the table, fury clearly visible in her eyes and posture. The spell put everyone in Camelot to sleep, with the exception of Morgana, Arthur and Merlin (who were away when she cast the spell). Jan 23, 2014 - Explore Charlotte Walker's board "Morgause" on Pinterest. Read Morgause from the story Betrayal A Mergana story by sherlockscompanion with 1,526 reads. Gaius found the bracelet and informed Uther that only Morgana's half-sister would be able to wear such a bracelet besides herself, revealing Morgause's true fate and admitting to Uther that he made a oath which he was only breaking now because he feared Morgause's intentions. Slight Morgana/Morgause. Morgana appeared to be the only other person for whom Morgause had any real affection. However, King Arthur was not the only one Morgause shamed. Uther knew Morgause had magic and tells Gaius that he thought the child (Morgause) was dead. Dressed as a knight, she killed five guards to get into the castle, where she revealed herself to the court and challenged Arthur Pendragon to a duel. Morgause didn't pay much attention to Merlin and only thought of him as a serving boy. merlin, morgana, gwen. It is possible that her magic extends to a form of mind reading, as she was quick to guess at Merlin's hidden reasons for sacrificing everything for Arthur. In some versions of the legend, including the seminal text Le Morte d'Arthur, she is the mother of Gawain and Mordred, both key players in the story of King Arthur and his downfall. ", Dr Caitlin R. Green of www.Arthuriana.co.uk notes: "In the later Vulgate, "Blood, Sex, Malory: Essays on the Morte Darthur", https://books.google.com/books?id=Jg-8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA222, Morgause (Robbins Library Camelot Project), Margawse | The Legend of King Arthur (Nightbringer.se), Locations associated with Arthurian legend, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Morgause&oldid=1000206624, Characters in works by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, A sorceress with authority over dark powers, Morgawse is a central figure in, A main antagonist in the BBC television series, This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 03:09. Human She often suffered from prophetic nightmares as a result of this ability, initially largely revolving around Arthur Pendragon's death. In Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Anna is replaced by Sangive, whom the poet Der Pleier calls Seife. Morgause later attacked Merlin when he attempted to retrieve the Cup of Life. Merlin, after visiting The Great Dragon, learned of how to stop the Knights, by destroying the source of the enchantment (which was Morgana), and so he reluctantly poisoned Morgana with a type of poison called hemlock. Though she was well acquainted with King Cenred, who was clearly attracted to her, Morgause treated him as a puppet and kept him interested wit… And she left a strong impression. Enraged at his father for his presumed selfishness and without knowing all the details, Arthur returned to Camelot and attempted to kill Uther. Both Morgana and Morgause’s roots often traced to the ancient Welsh great mother-goddess Modron- taken from the powerful Celtic “Dea Matrona.” Parallels can be seen in this origin concerning Morgause as her main role of “mother” to many Knights. Morgana † Cenred (betrays) † Gaius (pre-series)Old ReligionHigh PriestessesAgravaine de Bois † (possibly) In Thomas Malory's 1485 compilation of Arthurian legends Le Morte d'Arthur, Morgause (Margawse) is one of three daughters born to Gorlois of Tintagel, Duke of Cornwall, and the Lady Igraine. All of her sons depart their father's court to take service at Camelot, where Gawain and Gaheris avenge Lot's death by killing Pellinore, thereby launching a long blood feud between the two families. Swords...swordswoman. Morgause is a high priestess of the Old Religion who wishes to destroy Uther and Arthur Pendragon and put Morgana on the throne of Camelot. Morgause was the half-sister of Arthur who married Lot. They sometimes displayed affection for each other by hugging and Morgause kissed Morgana on the cheek at one point. Morgana sat on the chair, her long black hair laying over her shoulder. Morgause claimed to have known Queen Ygraine of Camelot very well, saying she was a woman of honour. Unlike Morgana, Morgause was delighted by this since it meant she was of the royal line, albeit unrecognized and illegitimate, which meant Morgana could potentially take the throne when Uther died, provided that Arthur did not stand in the way. These include his wife, Ygraine, begging Uther for something and a small child whom Gaius revealed to be one of the many children Uther had killed simply because they may have inherited magic from their parents. It’s the year 2017, and Merlin and Morgana are both starting new jobs at Camelot Grammar School. So you want Uther destroyed and his reign to end? The next day, Morgause defeated Arthur in their duel, but left him alive so that he would accept her next challenge. https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Morgause?oldid=219508. Family: Making Morgana the source of an enchantment. Morgana (half-sister) † Vivienne (mother, disappeared) Gorlois (step-father) † See more ideas about merlin, katie mcgrath, emilia fox. Cenred's men succeeded in collecting the Cup and Morgause made Cenred's army immortal. Arthur claimed this was because of his chivalry since he disarmed her at one point in the duel but then allowed her to pick up her sword.
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