mythology meme: [7/8] myths, legends, and stories
↳ king arthur’s death and messianic return
Although some consider King Arthur to be a legitimate historical figure, the general consensus is that he is at least partly folklore and literary invention. In any case, King Arthur was an immensely famous leader of the Britons, dated to approximately the late fifth or early sixth century A.D.
The stories of King Arthur and his knights became very popular in the medieval period, with the best-known accounts of the tales coming from authors such as Geoffrey of Monmouth and Chrétien de Troyes, the latter of whom introduced stories of the Holy Grail and Sir Lancelot to the legend, and whose work later became the basis for Arthurian romances. The stories pertaining the legendary king and his companions are compositely referred to as the Matter of Britain.
There are many stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, but they all culminate with the Battle of Camlann, the final battle of the legendary king. The story is more or less as follows: King Arthur, after pursuing Sir Lancelot to France, returns to find that Mordred, who is traditionally either Arthur’s illegitimate son or his nephew, has taken over the land and therefore betrayed him. A battle erupts, Mordred is slain and Arthur mortally wounded.
Of King Arthur’s fate after the Battle of Camlann, there are three popularly accepted versions. The earlier states that he survived, but was transported to the mythical island of Avalon to be healed of his wounds. The later version says that he died in the battle, but was still taken to Avalon. The third version simply states that the legendary king was turned into a raven. Another, rather obscure interpretation, says that after death, he was turned into the constellation of Boötes, the brightest star of which is called Arcturus. However, all versions agree that King Arthur is fated to return one day, which is why he’s often referred to as the once and future king.
How did you avoid typecasting?
For me, it just meant taking on as wide a range of parts as early as I could, starting with Equus in London. Whether you liked or didn’t like my performance, the one thing that couldn’t be disputed was that it was the action of somebody who wanted to be an actor and wasn’t content to just coast on their fame. And since then it’s been just about repeating that, continuing to push and challenge myself. As long as I’m doing that, then I’ll be doing something hopefully fresh and unexpected.
get to know me meme: [2/5] shows » the hour
Heroes or villains, we’re all somewhere in between.
♥ Favorite Bollywood songs- Do Pal (Veer Zaara)
"Do pal ruka khwabon ka caravan, aur phir chal diye tum kahaan hum kahaan…"
Endless list of period movies and tv shows: Shakespeare in Love