I recently had a bout of OHMYGOSHWHY is everything I make digital, I must create something wiTH MY OWN HANDS! which ended in some watercolor-ing. Don’t know if I’ll finish it, but it’s Gareth (aka Beaumains, who is quickly becoming my favorite knight)
Explicit Liber Secundus. King Arther wakes up to see Morgause and her sons Gawaine, Gaheris, Agravaine, and Gareth. From The Once and Future King, by T.H.White. I really, really liked this book.
"He woke with a start, to find a black-haired, blue-eyed beauty in front of him, who was wearing a crown. The four wild children from the north were standing behind their mother, shy and defiant, and she was folding up a tape."
Books are the most fun to do fanart for.
4 x 6 inches.
9. gareth. Sir, I blame you not, said Gareth, for well I understand the vengeance of my brethren Sir Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris, and Mordred. But as for me, said Sir Gareth, I meddle not of their matters, therefore there is none of them that loveth me. And for I understand they be murderers of good knights I left their company; and God would I had been by, said Gareth, when the noble knight, Sir Lamorak, was slain.
(MALORY. Morte d’Arthur)
Ben Barnes as Gareth
Gawain is telling his brothers the story of Saint Brendan, who celebrated Mass on what he thought was a small island… :-)
Illustration published in WeMadeIt zine #1.
modern arthurian au: the rewrite : the orkney clan - lot arcaibh and his five sons
Modern reincarnated!Arthur writes children books about Arthuriana giving a happy ending—and is found through his books by his son Mordred, who has meanwhile been adopted by Lot along with a whole family of other abandoned boys needing a good home and a proper chance at life, raised as his own alongside his biological son Gawain.
"I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. What everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family." — Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty
SIR GARETH MY BABY DARLINGGGG
headcanon that he’s a transguy and thats why he went to work in the kitchens without his bros knowing because they only know him as their sister but he wants to be recognized as a man and more importantly as a knight so he do the do and he totally kicks everybody’s ass
also hes totally aces at swordplay and hes pretty much the chillest dude ever
image: ”The Rescue of Guinevere,” by William Hatherell
Of the Tragic Love of the Good Knight Sir Gareth for the Noble Sir Launcelot
From Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
“Hope ye so that I may any while stand a proved knight? said Beaumains. Yea, said Launcelot, do as ye have done, and I shall be your warrant. Then, I pray you, said Beaumains, give me the order of knighthood. Then must ye tell me your name, said Launcelot, and of what kin ye be born. Sir, so that ye will not discover me I shall, said Beaumains. Nay, said Sir Launcelot, and that I promise you by the faith of my body, until it be openly known. Then, sir, he said, my name is Gareth, and brother unto Sir Gawaine of father and mother….And then Sir Launcelot gave him the order of knighthood.” - Book VII Chapter V
“And then came in Sir Gareth, and knew that it was Sir Launcelot that fought with the two perilous knights. And then Sir Gareth came with his good horse and hurtled them in-sunder, and no stroke would he smite to sir Launcelot. That espied Sir Launcelot, and deemed it should be the good knight Sir Gareth.” - Book VII Chapter XXIX
“For there was never no knight that Sir Gareth loved so well as he did Sir Launcelot; and ever for the most part he would be in Sir Launcelot’s company; for After Sir Gareth had espied Sir Gawaine’s conditions, he withdrew himself from his brother, Sir Gawaine’s, fellowship, for he was vengeable, and where he hated he would be avenged with murder, and that hated Sir Gareth.” - Book VII Chapter XXIV
“By my head, said Sir Gareth, I will ride unto my lord Sir Launcelot, for to help him, fall of him what fall may, for he is the same man that made me knight.” - Book XVIII Chapter XXIII
“Also Sir Launcelot knew not Sir Gareth for an Sir Tristram de Liones, outher Sir Lamorak de Galis had been alive, Sir Launcelot would have deemed he had been one of them twain.” - Book XVIII Chapter XXIII
“My lord, said Sir Gareth, he made me a knight, and when I saw him so hard bestead, methought it was my worship to help him, for I saw him do so much, and so many noble knights against him; and when I understood that he was Sir Launcelot du Lake, I shamed to see so many knights against him alone.” - Book XVIII Chapter XXIV
“No more will I, said Sir Gareth and Sir Gaheris, for we will never say evil by that man; for because, said Sir Gareth, Sir Launcelot made me knight, by no manner owe I to say ill of him.” - Book XX Chapter I
“And so in this rushing and hurling, as Sir Launcelot thrang here and there, it mishapped him to slay Gaheris and Sir Gareth, the noble knight, for they were unarmed and unware. For as the French book saith, Sir Launcelot smote sir Gareth and Sir Gaheris upon the brain-pans, wherethrough they were slain in the field; howbeit in very truth sir Launcelot saw them not, and so were they found dead among the thickest of the press.” - Book XX Chapter VIII
“Mercy Jesu, said the king, why slew he Sir Gareth and Sir Gaheris, for I dare say as for Sir Gareth he loved Sir Launcelot above all men earthly.” - Book XX Chapter IX
“Sir, said the man, Launcelot slew them both. That may I not believe, said Sir Gawaine, that ever he slew my brother, Sir Gareth; for I dare say my brother Gareth loved him better than me, and all his brethren, and the king both. Also I dare say, an Sir Launcelot had desired my brother Sir Gareth, with him he would have been with him against the king and us all, and therefore I may never believe that Sir Launcelot slew my brother.” - Book XX Chapter IX
“And wit ye well Sir Gawaine, as for Sir Gareth, I love none of my kinsmen so much as I did him; and ever while I live, said Sir Launcelot, I will bewail Sir Gareth’s death, not all only for the great fear I have of you, but many causes cause me to be sorrowful. One is, for I made him knight; another is, I wot well he loved me above all other knights.” - Book XX Chapter XVI
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.
Morgause watched her sons ride south to her half-brother’s court. One by one they left: the rebellious, the ambitious, the loyal, the headstrong, and the innocent. They joked and smiled as they parted from her, giving her a hug or a quick kiss on the cheek and promising that they would be back one day as knights.
Morgause did not weep when they left. Tears were a weakness that a queen could ill afford.
Morgause did not wish them luck. She knew that there was no such thing in this world.
Morgause did not say goodbye. It was not in her nature.
But Morgause went to her scrying bowl as soon as they were out of sight, and she reached deep within her for what little power she had left. She saw her sons’ fates play out in the water—she saw them rise to glory and pass into legend. And she saw every single one of them die at the edge of a sword.
Morgause watched her sons ride south. And they never came back—for what Camelot took, Camelot kept.
Shh… I’m having a lot of Orkney bros feels right now…
Kayley- why won’t you look at me when I’m talking to you? Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t realise you were..
Garrett- Tall? Rugged? Handsome?
Garrett- Ah, I always forget that one.