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Lamorak, {Fictional}

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Son of Pellinor, Malory Text and N.N.
Husband of Margawse, Igraine's Sister, Malory Text
Brother of Aglovale, Malory Text and Percivale, Malory Text
Half brother of Torre, Pellinore's Son, Malory Text and Alyne, Pellinor's Daughter, Malory Text

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About Lamorak, Malory Text

Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, composed in the middle of the 15th century, and published in 1485 by William Caxton, is the version of the Arthurian legend that became the foundation for most of the treatments of the legend known now -- White's The Once and Future King, for instance, upon which the musical Camelot is based, and Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Malory's work is an amalgamation of several earlier Arthurian texts, including both French and English sources, and adds some original material. The work is readily available in print; an e-version can be found here:

___________________ The following material refers to the amalgamated Lamorak, not the Malory version:

Lamorak is a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. He is the son of King Pellinore and the brother of Tor, Aglovale, Percival, the Grail maiden Dindrane and sometimes others.

He makes his first appearance in the Prose Tristan, and shows up in later works like the Post-Vulgate Cycle and Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Lamorak's father Pellinore was one of King Arthur's earliest allies, but he thrusts his family into a bloodfeud when he kills King Lot of Lothian in a battle. Ten years later Lot's sons Gawain and Gaheris avenge their father's death by slaying Pellinore in a duel. Lamorak grows up to join the Round Table, and despite the enmity between the two families, he begins an affair with Lot's widow Morgause. Gaheris catches the lovers together while Morgause is staying at Gawain's estate, and he promptly beheads her (In some modern versions of the story, it is Agravaine who kills his mother, not Gaheris). He lets the unarmed Lamorak go. He reappears at a tournament and explains the situation to Arthur, but refuses the king's promise of a truce. When he rides off, he is ambushed by Gawain, Gaheris, Agravaine, and Mordred; Mordred delivers the blow that kills him. A cousin of Lamorak's, Sir Pinel le Savage, attempts to avenge his death by poisoning Gawain at Guinevere's dinner party, but the poison is accidentally taken by another knight, whose kinsman blames the queen and tries to have her executed.

Lamorak was known for his strength and fiery temper, and fought off thirty knights on at least two occasions. Some sources refer to him as Arthur's third best knight, behind only Lancelot and Tristan, but he was not exceptionally popular in the romance tradition, confined to the cyclical material, subordinate to more major characters.

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