Morgause, like many other magic users, loathed Uther for his tyranny and his persecution of magical beings. Morgause is a high priestess of the Old Religion who wishes to destroy Uther and Arthur Pendragon and put Morgana on the throne of Camelot. merlin, morgana, gwen. After her death, Merlin expressed his satisfaction to Morgana over his achievement to gravely injure Morgause. Many years after her birth, Morgause returned to Camelot, now a grown woman. Merlin, after visiting The Great Dragon, learned of how to stop the Knights, by destroying the source of the enchantment (which was Morgana), and so he reluctantly poisoned Morgana with a type of poison called hemlock. See more ideas about merlin, katie mcgrath, emilia fox. In modern Arthuriana, the character of Morgause is often conflated with that of Morgan le Fay; in John Boorman's film Excalibur (1981), for instance, Morgause's role as the mother of Mordred is transferred to "Morgana". You're a skilled swordsman. According to E. R. Huber, "What becomes clear on reading Le Morte d'Arthur and its medieval predecessors is that Morgause was not a villain until the modern period. She is the reason Morgana had become evil. Morgause didn't pay much attention to Merlin and only thought of him as a serving boy. Family: She also had some level of telepathy as she was the only person other than Merlin able to hear Mordred speaking mentally The Beginning of the End. I was led to believe that the child had died. She later attempted to kill Merlin for poisoning Morgana and also acted as a confidante to her sister. Morgause studied magic for many years, eventually becoming a very powerful sorceress, acting to take her revenge on King Uther Pendragon. Morgause was later involved in a brief ceremony where Morgana was crowned Queen of Camelot, after her immortal warriors defeated Camelot's army. She was the mother of Sir Gawain, Gaheris, Agravain, Gareth, and Mordred.According to the Enfaces Gawain, Lot was her page with whom she had an intrigue, as a result of which Gawain was born.In Malory she is Lot’s queen who, as the result of an amatory encounter with Arthur (who did not know they were related), gave birth to Mordred.  Other sources do not follow this substitution, however, indicating that Gwyar and Anna/Morgause originated independently.. Dressed as a knight, she killed five guards to get into the castle, where she revealed herself to the court and challenged Arthur Pendragon to a duel. It is possible that Morgause also had the gift of a seer, since she possessed the magical bracelet before giving it to Morgana, her half sister. Morgana later tried but failed (Queen of Hearts). Morgause claimed to have known Queen Ygraine of Camelot very well, saying she was a woman of honour. A later search through the rubble found no trace of Morgana or Morgause leaving their fate unknown (The Coming of Arthur). However, he was later proven wrong when Morgause caused one of his warriors to turn against him and the man apparently killed him. They are usually cast in the role of Lot's wife and Gawain's mother. Morgana appeared to be the only other person for whom Morgause had any real affection. Despite her ruthless nature, Morgause did have a softer side. ", Dr Caitlin R. Green of www.Arthuriana.co.uk notes: "In the later Vulgate, "Blood, Sex, Malory: Essays on the Morte Darthur", https://books.google.com/books?id=Jg-8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA222, Morgause (Robbins Library Camelot Project), Margawse | The Legend of King Arthur (Nightbringer.se), Locations associated with Arthurian legend, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Morgause&oldid=1000206624, Characters in works by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, A sorceress with authority over dark powers, Morgawse is a central figure in, A main antagonist in the BBC television series, This page was last edited on 14 January 2021, at 03:09. Despite her love for her half-sister, Morgause often seemed to be using Morgana as a puppet and was clearly the more dominant one in the relationship since she was older, more experienced and used to manipulation. In Malory, she is Lot's queen who, as the result of an amatory encounter with Arthur (who did not know they were related), gave birth to Mordred. These include his wife, Ygraine, begging Uther for something and a small child whom Gaius revealed to be one of the many children Uther had killed simply because they may have inherited magic from their parents. They could have helped Arthur become a great king and taught other users that magic could be for good. A powerful High Priestess aiming for revenge. Morgana was also a very powerful sorceress and High Priestess of the Old Religion as well as a highly trained swords woman. The ritual for the cup of life is completed. As Morcades she also appears in Les Enfances Gauvain (early 13th century) and again in Heinrich von dem Türlin's Diu Crône (c. 1230). They sometimes displayed affection for each other by hugging and Morgause kissed Morgana on the cheek at one point. She helped Morgana with her plan to kill Arthur by getting Cenred to kidnap Gwen's brother Elyan and giving her a magical ring to guide Cenred's warriors to Arthur, she nearly killed Arthur with a fire spell before Merlin exploded the fire before it could harm Arthur (The Castle of Fyrien). Swords...swordswoman. Morgause and Morgana were seen travelling to the Isle of the Blessed a year after their attack on Camelot, where Morgause was sacrificed by Morgana to break the veil between the spirit world and the world of the living in order to attack Camelot. Morgause obviously thought she was superior to Cenred despite him being a king and she frequently gave him orders which Cenred usually obeyed. Morgana sat on the chair, her long black hair laying over her shoulder. Affiliation: Morgause was born into one of the noble houses of Camelot, the house of Gorlois - though the man himself is not her father as Morgause and Morgana referred to one another as "sister" once Morgana's true parentage (that of Uther) was known; her mother, Vivienne, the wife of Gorlois, is also implied to be Morgana's mother, and they both inherited their magical powers from her. When she found out Morgana was dying, she abandoned her attempt on Uther's life in order to save her half-sister. Though Cenred was polite to Morgause, she frequently threatened him whenever he failed her. For some unknown reason, Gaius was asked to smuggle the infant Morgause out of Camelot and give her to the High Priestesses of the Old Religion. The spell put everyone in Camelot to sleep, with the exception of Morgana, Arthur and Merlin (who were away when she cast the spell). Morgause, briefly known as King Gormause and known as Sister by Morgana, is a character originally on Merlin. Morgause later persuaded Morgana to betray Uther and help her bring down Camelot. A powerful sorceress and the maternal half-sister of Morgana Pendragon, Morgause makes a brief appearance in the Non-Disney Villains Tournament.  Her death was first included in the Post-Vulgate Queste; Malory used the variant from the Second Version of the Prose Tristan. Also known as: Years later, her spouse joins the failed rebellions against Arthur that follow in the wake of King Uther's death and the subsequent coronation of his heir. Biographical Information She even directly tried to kill Arthur, creating a column of fire that would have definitely killed him, had it not been for Merlin's magic (The Castle of Fyrien). She had no real affection for him, though, and her treacherous nature was exemplified when she had him killed. I can't speak for everyone but I just loved her She was a striking addition to the show. Gaius did so, and swore an oath to never reveal his actions to anyone while Uther was led to believe that Morgause had died, also due to an unknown reason. In addition to being extremely powerful in magic, Morgause was also an expert Swordswomen, being able to kill five Camelot guards with ease, and was the only known person besides Lancelot, Helios, and Albin who has managed to defeat Arthur in combat. Nevertheless Cenred was willing to stand up to Morgause if he thought it was necessary and told her that he had given up on the siege of Camelot after Morgana's skeleton army was destroyed. She later attempted to kill Merlin for poisoning Morgana and also acted as a confidante to her sister. After Morgana's return, both of them were bitter and clearly held a grudge against Merlin. Despite her ruthless nature, Morgause did have a softer side. The earliest known form of Morgause's name is Orcades, given in the First Continuation of Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval (the former of which was once attributed to Wauchier de Denain and dated c. 1200), where she is the mother of her sons Gawain, Agravain, Gaheris, Gareth and Mordred, and her daughters Clarissant and Soredamor. She spared him when she defeated him in a duel and she also displayed sympathy towards him about his mother's death (The Sins of the Father). In most versions she was the mother of Gawain, Gaheris, Agravain, Gareth, and often Mordred (in some versions, he is only her nephew, son of Morgana, though she typically has a hand in raising him, usually leading to no good). But that isn't the case, Morgause actually had a very startling and heavy impact on the show...she was the one that harbored Morgana to the dark side. When Morgana had a dream of Gwen becoming Queen of Camelot alongside Arthur she gave Morgause a message informing her of this. The mother of Gawain's Welsh forerunner, Gwalchmei ap Gwyar, is thought to be Gwyar. Morgause was highly intelligent, astute, powerful, arrogant, vengeful, and Machiavellian. female Morgause chose her sister over her chance to kill Uther, and used her magic to kill the knights. Morgause was the half-sister of Arthur who married Lot. Morgause has poisened King Cendreds mind. Merlin then showed her the hemlock, but Arthur and the Knights of Camelot soon burst into the room. 'I will never allow Aurelia, my youngest sister, to marry Arthur. Enemies: Medievalist Roger Sherman Loomis suggests that this toponym was corrupted into "Morcades" (or Morchades, Morcads) and finally "Morgause" due to the influence of the name "Morgan". Morgause first met Morgana when she arrived in Camelot and challenged Arthur to a duel and gave her a healing bracelet to help her sleep at night. When she found out Morgana was dying, she abandoned her attempt on Uther's life in order to save her half-sister. Later on, after she summons the Medhir Knights to raid Camelot, she realizes that he is responsible for her sister's poisoning and decides to call her attack off in order to save Morgana (The Fires of Idirsholas). Behind the Scenes In general Morgause is a strong character. This was the only time Morgause displayed her skill with a sword and just like Morgana she relied mainly on magic to fight her enemies later in her life. Slight Morgana/Morgause. And she left a strong impression. With Morgana in Morgause's company for a year, the witch successfully brainwashed her sister into believing Uther and Arthur were the real evil. The despicable part was that Arthur had know idea that Morgause was his half sister (along with her other two sisters). He called her "My Lady" and also commented on her courage and bowed to her on one occasion. Morgana was a seer and thus was able to see visions of the future in her dreams. Morgause later awoke the Knights of Medhir to kill Uther. Theory three: Morgause is the daughter of Uther and a woman with powerful magical powers who then went on to marry Gorlois and bear Morgana, and then died (naturally or not) around the time of the Purge. Morgause manipulated Guinevere and Sir Leon into leading them to Arthur who had escaped Camelot along with Merlin, Elyan, Gwaine, and Gaius. She appeared surprised when Morgana revealed she was Uther's daughter but her surprise was quickly replaced by delight since it meant Morgana was technically of royal blood. Portrayer: All of her sons depart their father's court to take service at Camelot, where Gawain and Gaheris avenge Lot's death by killing Pellinore, thereby launching a long blood feud between the two families. Morgana, also known as Morgan le Fay, is a fairy queen and sorceress of Arthurian legend. In Malory's telling, however, Lancelot calls the slaying of Morgause "shameful" but Gawain seems to be angry at Gaheris only for leaving Lamorak alive at the spot. She also used Morgana's hatred of Uther and her vulnerability to persuade her to join her evil plots. Morgause was also capable of telepathy as she used it to contact Morgana on one occasion. Morgause later attacked Merlin when he attempted to retrieve the Cup of Life. Morgause is Morgana's maternal half-sister and a major antagonist in the BBC series Merlin. Morgause Though she was well acquainted with King Cenred, who was clearly attracted to her, Morgause treated him as a puppet and kept him interested wit… 'I do not know how to stop it. "She thinks that she would do anything, be anyone or anything for Morgause, for the woman who has given her a purpose and a destiny and emotions." She also befriends a … Both Morgana and Morgause’s roots often traced to the ancient Welsh great mother-goddess Modron- taken from the powerful Celtic “Dea Matrona.” Parallels can be seen in this origin concerning Morgause as her main role of “mother” to many Knights. Morgause was so consumed with hatred and rage as a result of the persecution of sorcerers by Uther that she would stop at almost nothing to destroy him completely. Her husband, who has unsuspectingly raised Mordred as his own son, is later slain in battle by King Pellinore. Morgause survived the attacks by Merlin and Gaius, but was left so weakened that she decided the best course of action would be to use herself as a blood sacrifice to bring down Camelot, thus leaving the path open for Morgana to take the throne. She was contemptuous of almost all others and, though she evidently cared about Morgana, she was more dominant in their relationship, although this changed a little during Morgana's first reign as Queen when they treated each other more like equals. Being the two youngest and only two new people, obviously everybody begins to ship them together. According to Malory (following the French prose cycles), her mother is widowed and then remarried to Uther Pendragon, after which she and her sisters, Elaine and Morgan ("le Fay", later the mother of Yvain), are married off to allies or vassals of their stepfather. However, King Arthur was not the only one Morgause shamed. She easily overpowered Merlin when he attempted to spill blood out of the Cup of Life, slamming him against the wall with a non-verbal spell, and it was only because of the intervention of Gaius that Merlin managed to defeat her. She was a skilled warrior, a powerful sorceress, a High Priestess of the Old Religion and after the death of Nimueh, she replaced her as Camelot's most dangerous enemy. Morgana and Morgause deleted scenes 4x01 (Merlin - The Darkest Hour) - Duration: 1:12. But just as he was about to deal the fatal blow, Merlin burst into the hall and convinced him that Morgause had tricked him. Morgause was the eldest daughter of Vivienne - who was also the mother of Morgana, thus making Morgause and Morgana maternal half-sisters. She was a skilled warrior, a powerful sorceress and a High Priestess of the Old Religion. Acting as a spy during the war, Morgause comes to Carleon where she visits the young King Arthur, ignorant of their familial relationship, in his bedchamber and they conceive Mordred. As a result of Uther's ban on all things magical, Morgause lost all contact with her family when she was a young child. There she befriends Merlin, the knights, Gwen and Morgana. Though she was well acquainted with King Cenred, who was clearly attracted to her, Morgause treated him as a puppet and kept him interested with her looks and charm. In later Welsh Arthurian literature, Gawain is considered synonymous with the native champion Gwalchmei; Gwyar (meaning "gore" or "spilled blood/bloodshed") is likely the name of Gwalchmei's mother, rather than his father as is the standard in the Welsh Triads. Uther knew Morgause had magic and tells Gaius that he thought the child (Morgause) was dead. However, she may instead be skilled at interpreting body language, particularly since she was forever ignorant of his magic. Morgause was later seen working with King Cenred to move against Camelot and watched the siege of Camelot with him. The young Morgause is wed to the Orcadian King Lot and bears him four sons, all of whom go on to serve Arthur as Knights of the Round Table: Gawain, one of his greatest knights; Agravain, a wretched and twisted traitor; Gaheris; and Gareth, a gentle and loving knight. She often suffered from prophetic nightmares as a result of this ability, initially largely revolving around Arthur Pendragon's death. It’s the year 2017, and Merlin and Morgana are both starting new jobs at Camelot Grammar School. Morgause is one of the secondary antagonists of the BBC television series Merlin. List of Appearances: Morgause was largely callous and cold towards others, viewing most of them as tools to be used to gain power and disposed of when they served no further use. Morgause was the half-sister of Morgana Pendragon; it is currently unknown if she had any other siblings, however this is more on the unlikely side. Eventually, her son Gaheris discovers them in flagrante and swiftly beheads Morgause but spares her unarmed lover (who is left naked in bed covered in her blood, and is killed later by four Orkney brothers in an unequal fight). In the second-season episode, "The Nightmare Begins", he, with the assistance of Mordred, rescued Morgana from a group of serkets, and later healed the injury she sustained from one of the creatures. Morgause was the half-sister of Arthur who married Lot. Morgause seemed to be the one driving many of their joint schemes, while Morgana became utterly devoted to her and participated wholeheartedly. Her manipulative and carefully scheming ways were shown by her use of Arthur's curiosity about his mother to try to turn him against Uther. Enraged at his father for his presumed selfishness and without knowing all the details, Arthur returned to Camelot and attempted to kill Uther. Gaius found the bracelet and informed Uther that only Morgana's half-sister would be able to wear such a bracelet besides herself, revealing Morgause's true fate and admitting to Uther that he made a oath which he was only breaking now because he feared Morgause's intentions. In an unreleased deleted scene from The Secret Sharer, Morgana, who is lying on the brink of death following her encounter with the old Emrys, sees her sister in the Spirit world and is given a magical coin that revives her. In modern Arthuriana, the character of Morgause is often conflated with that of Morgan le Fay; in John Boorman's film Excalibur (1981), for instance, Morgause's role as the mother of Mordred is transferred to "Morgana". Race: Woman. See more ideas about emilia fox, merlin, merlin morgana. She wanted to make him get rid of Uther so that she could achieve her vengeance. She wore a red velvet dress and her gaze appeared fixated on her sister. After Morgana discovered the truth of her birth, Morgause was the mastermind behind most of her sister's plans to get rid of him and seize the throne. As his reward, Morgause used her magic to summon either Ygraine's spirit or the illusion of Ygraine, who told Arthur the secret of his birth; he had been conceived by magic because Uther had wanted an heir and as a result she had died.  Her parallel in Arthour and Merlin (late 13th century) is Belisent (Bellicent). With Morgana's help, Morgause later cast a powerful enchantment on Uther using a mandrake root and his tears. Arthur claimed this was because of his chivalry since he disarmed her at one point in the duel but then allowed her to pick up her sword. It appears her name was originally a place name, as "Orcades" coincides with the Latin name for the Orkney Islands, the land traditionally ruled by Gawain's parents. Morgause watched proudly as Morgana was crowned Queen of Camelot. In the Post-Vulgate Cycle, Gaheris' brothers Gawain and Agravain initially plot to kill him in revenge for Morgause's death until they are persuaded to end the bloodshed in the family by Gareth and Bors. Cenred's men succeeded in collecting the Cup and Morgause made Cenred's army immortal. Morgause was the half-sister of Morgana Pendragon; it is currently unknown if she had any other siblings, however this is more on the unlikely side. The powerful sorceress Morgause was one of the last remaining High Priestesses of the Old Religion. You may regret that. Morgause also arrogantly informed Merlin that she wouldn't see him again as she prepared to kill him and was caught off guard by the arrival of Gaius which resulted in her defeat. Her manipulative and carefully scheming ways were shown by her use of Arthur's curiosity about his mother to try to turn him against Uther. When Morgause was badly injured by Merlin and Gaius, Morgana was devastated and cried over her body, magically transporting the both of them away. Morgause genuinely cared for her half-sister Morgana, who seemed to be the only person for whom she had any affection. You chose to poison one of my own. She is the main antagonist of the episode "Sins of the Father" and the secondary antagonist of Season 3. Despite the fact that he did not wish to fight Morgause, Arthur agreed. Merlin refused to do so unless she killed the Knights. She gave Morgana the Phoenix Eye to give to Arthur for his quest to claim The Fisher King's trident so it would kill him (The Eye of the Phoenix). Emilia Fox In Thomas Malory's 1485 compilation of Arthurian legends Le Morte d'Arthur, Morgause (Margawse) is one of three daughters born to Gorlois of Tintagel, Duke of Cornwall, and the Lady Igraine. But will Merlin survive Arthur’s wrath, and the many other bumps … Morgause later met up with Morgana in a crowded market disguised as a poor old woman. Morgana † Cenred (betrays) † Gaius (pre-series)Old ReligionHigh PriestessesAgravaine de Bois † (possibly) She also approached Morgana and won her trust by playing on the fact that if Uther discovered that she had magic, he would have her executed. It is possible that Ygraine knew Morgause's mother, and as it is known that Vivienne spent time in Camelot, this would lend credence to the theory that Vivienne is Morgause's mother. She also seemed confident that she could defeat him, which she did. In this tradition, Morgause is shown as Uther's daughter in Mary Stewart's Arthurian novels. Making Morgana the source of an enchantment. According to the Enfaces Gawain, Lot was her page with whom she had an intrigue, as a result of which Gawain was born. So you want Uther destroyed and his reign to end? The Queen of Orkney, today best known as Morgause /mɔːrˈɡeɪz/ and also known as Morgawse and other spellings and names, is a character in later Arthurian traditions. She said that there was nothing left for her in the living world and she wanted to make her passing her final gift to Morgana (The Darkest Hour). The sisters were united to start planning the attack of Camelot (The Fires of Idirsholas). The corresponding character of Arthur's sister in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th-century Latin chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae is named Anna, and is depicted as a daughter of Uther Pendragon and Igraine. 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