Saturday, April 16, 2011

Knight: Sir Elyan

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Sir Elyan is the older brother of Gwen. They had no contact for four years. Gwen did not know whether he was dead or alive in this time. Elyan and Gwen were reunited when King Cenred kidnapped the two siblings to get to Arthur Pendragon as the young prince is in love with her. He is now back at Camelot taking over their father's blacksmith shop and living with his sister. During Morgana's subsequent takeover of Camelot, Elyan aided Merlin, Arthur and Gwaine in rescuing Gaius from Camelot before they retreated to a nearby cave. When Arthur asked the assembled group if they would join him in his attempt to retake Camelot, Elyan stated that he could do no less for Arthur after Arthur had risked his life to save him from Cenred despite Elyan being only a commoner. Arthur subsequently knighted Elyan in recognition of his loyalty to Camelot despite his lack of noble birth. -per wikipedia

in his side saddlebag...

Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry
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The word chivalry is taken form the French cheval, a horse. A knight was young man, the son of a good family, who was allowed to wear arms. In the story “How the Child of the Sea was Made Knight,” we are told how a boy of twelve became a page to the queen, and in the opening pages of the story “The Adventures of Sir Gareth,” we get a glimpse of a young man growing up at the court of King Arthur. It was not an easy life, that of a boy who wished to become a knight, but it made a man of him.

To become a knight was almost as solemn an affair as it was to become a priest. Before the day of the ceremony he fasted, spent the night in prayer, confessed his sins, and received the Holy Sacrament. When morning came, clothed in white, to the church or hall, with a knight’s sword suspended from his neck. This the priest blessed and returned to him. Upon receiving back the sword he went and knelt before the presiding knight and took the oath of knighthood.

The knight’s real work, and greatest joy, was fighting for someone who needed his help. Tournaments and jousts gave them chances to show off their skill in public.

The same qualities that made a manful fighter then, makes one now: to speak the truth, to perform a promise to the utmost, to reverence all women, to be constant in love, to despise luxury, to be simple and modest and gentle in heart, to help the weak and take no unfair advantage of an inferior. This was the ideal of the age, and chivalry is the word that expresses that ideal.


* Camelot guests based on characters from Merlin (TV series); Sir Elyan played by Adetomiwa Edun

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