Name: Morgause

Origin and Meaning of the Name Morgause

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    In Arthurian legend, Morgause (also known as Morgase) was the half-sister of Arthur who married Lot. She was the mother of Gawain, Gaheris, Agravain and Gareth. In the Vulgate cycle, Malory and other later versions, Mordred is also her son by Arthur. Morgause has an affair with Lamorak, whose father, Pellinore, had slain Lot. When her son Gaheris discovers it, he kills her.
    Morgause is also sometimes confused with the character of Morgan Le Fay, and her role as the mother of Mordred is transferred to Morgan. Some see Morgause as the dark pendant figure of a good fairy Morgan.
    As for her name, it is of uncertain derivation. Like Morgan or Morgain, it may be derived from the Welsh or a French form thereof. But Morgause does not seem to have been the original name of this character. In Geoffrey, the wife of Lot is called Anna, sister to Arthur. Some believe it is in fact a place name. In Diu Crone, Gawain's mother is called Orcades or Morchades. Orcades is the Latin for the Orkneys and the name of one of Lot's kingdoms. Morgause would then be a variant of Morchades designating where the character is from - the Orkney Islands.

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