Morgan le Fay is one of the best known characters from Arthurian legend, whose myth, not unlike Merlins, has origins dating from the realms of Celtic mythology, her character is believed to have been inspired by the tales of the triple goddess The Morrigan. Usually she is introduced as Arthurs half sister but like most of her myth this was a later addition to her legend.
In the earliest versions of Morgan le Fays story she was portrayed as a powerful sorceress who could shape shift and fly, the name Le Fay meaning fairy. She was the head of nine powerful sisters that resided on the Isle of Avalon, she was a healer and it is for her healing powers that Arthur was brought to her after being wounded at Camlann.
Morgan Faye was really only vilified by the later medieval additions to the legends of King Arthur, when the stories were largely written by Christian monks who saw the idea of feminine power as blasphemous. In these tales Morgan became a love rival with Guinevere who she fought against for the attentions of Lancelot, going as far as to regularly kidnap him and attempt to sway his love towards her. The stories also tell of Morgan le Fays lust for power and her many plans to thwart Arthur but ultimately these later tales end similar to the earliest, when she heals and watches over Arthur on Avalon until the day our once and future King rises again.
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