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Questions tagged [arthurian]

Deals with the media of King Arthur and other characters from the stories in which he features.

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Where did King Arthur get his sword, Excalibur?

There are two different stories of how King Arthur received his sword, Excalibur. The first is that he pulled it out of an anvil or stone slab (and by doing so confirmed that he was the rightful king ...
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Who killed the Famous Historian?

At the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Earlier in the film, we see Frank murdered by an unknown knight dressed similarly to the Knights of the Round Table. However, the knight who kills him ...
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Sword in the Stone story where the sword was held in place by electromagnets

So some years ago I read a story that included a "sword in the stone" bit and it was explained that the sword was held in place by electromagnets that could be released when "the one" tried to pull ...
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After this character's death, why does Merlin not return to Camelot?

In the show finale, after death, why does Merlin not return to Camelot? Why does he instead choose to hang out in the same area for the next 400 or so years??
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A British girl wakes in pre-Arthurian world as future mother of Arthur

She wakes up in the wintertime and travels through the mythical world accompanied by season-of-year related animals: wolf, then black panther. Story features at least two Celtic demi-gods and their ...
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Arthurian tale featuring enemy who is strengthened by the earth

I vaguely remember a tale of one of King Arthur's knights fighting an opponent who is magically strengthened by being in contact with the ground. I think the protagonist defeats him by bodily lifting ...
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Sci-fi book series with modern Arthurian legends with Excalibur as a spaceship

I think this was actually a series of books following the human survivors of an alien invasion of Earth. Set a little into the future though I don't think it's by much. Strangely the aliens have ships ...
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Looking for a particular illustrated book of Arthurian Tales

There is a book of Arthurian Tales done in large slim paperback, maybe 60 odd A4 pages in all with greyscale pencil illustrations, aimed at a late primary early secondary school audience. It's what I ...
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What adaptation of King Arthur had a femme fatale that turned into a spider?

I loosely recall seeing an adaption of Arthurian myth that depicted a femme fatale that turned into a spider. IIRC, she tried and failed to seduce and kill one of the knights and was transformed into ...
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Animated TV show about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

I'm looking for an animated TV show based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It came out some time in the 80s or early 90s. It centres around the Table and the Knights. All the Knights ...
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YA Fantasy with Celtic Theme

Read this in the early 90s but was probably from the 70s or 80s. The setting was Celtic or Arthurian. It involved transportation between the real world and the magical word. The characters were ...
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YA where family returns to Arthurian times, oblivious mother keeps asking for cream tea

Helping out on a Twitter request, original here. YA book. A family visiting a historic castle while on a trip gets separated and falls through time into King Arthur times. The mom doesn't realize ...
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Do earlier books in the Witcher series already reference the Arthurian legend?

The last novel in Andrei Sapkowski's Witcher saga, The Lady of the Lake, draws heavily from the Arthurian legend, from its obvious title, to the naming of characters like Nimue and the Fisher King, ...
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How did Taliesin come to be wrapped in a skin in icy waters?

Stephen R Lawhead's Arthurian legend fantasy series, The Pendragon Cycle, starts with Taliesin which follows events from before Merlin or Arthur. The unlucky Elphin finds a baby wrapped in skins under ...
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Why did Merlin's “voicemail” tell the heroes they need Nimue to defeat the Dark One?

In the Once Upon a Time episode The Bear and the Bow, our heroes use the magic mushroom to summon Merlin. But instead of Merlin, they get Merlin's "voicemail," that tells our heroes that the only way ...
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Does Ambrosius Aurelianus appear in Malory's version of King Arthur?

Ambrosius Aurelianus was a 5th century historical figure who defended Britain from Anglo-Saxon invaders. He plays a prominent role in the legends of King Arthur. He's often considered the elder ...