MYTHOLOGY MEME: One of Four
The four sons of Morgause and King Lot, nephews or cousins of King Arthur, were joined by their half-brother Mordred, Morgause’s son by Arthur himself. The five were knights of the Round Table, and all played a part in Arthur’s reign and downfall.
The eldest, Gawain, was heir to the throne of Britain. Known as “the Maiden’s Knight,” he was a great defender of distressed damsels, and rode often with Damsels Errant as his guides. His ultimate loyalty was to his family, though when his brothers split over the war with Arthur, Gawain chose the king’s side and died fighting Mordred’s forces.
Agravain, the second brother, was at first neutral on the split between Mordred and Arthur; eventually, he became an accomplice to his half-brother and spied on Queen Guinevere and her lover Lancelot. Their discovery was the catalyst of the war.
Gaheris, the third brother, was originally the peacemaker of the family, a kind and quiet squire to Gawain. After he was knighted, he killed King Pellinore to avenge the death of Lot, and participated in the death of Lamorak, his mother’s lover. Upon discovering her adultery, Gaheris also slew his own mother by beheading, and was banished from Orkney for it.
Gareth, the youngest of Lot’s sons, came to Arthur’s court disguised as a kitchen-boy, and didn’t reveal his true nature until he set out to rescue Lyonesse, a maiden who would later become his wife. In the war with Mordred, Gareth and his brother Gaheris were accidentally killed by Lancelot, spurring Gawain to choose Arthur’s side over Mordred’s.
The youngest of the Orkney brothers, Mordred, was ambitious and sly, and desired the throne of Britain for himself. He engineered the war as a way to dispose of Arthur, and when the king had fled, Mordred usurped the throne and married Guinevere. Arthur slew him at the Battle of Camlann, but only after Mordred had dealt the king a mortal blow.