|Arthurian Legends Poll
||[Dec. 19th, 2007|11:48 am]
Which of the following did the most damage to the story of Arthur
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Disney's "The Sword in the Stone"
What would you suggest for a celebration of the birth (and life) of Arthur, other than reading/telling the stoires?
I like listening to Heather Dale's Arthurian stuff.
My nominee for "worst travesty in the name of Arthurian legend" is a book I forget what it's called but it's about Merlin's daughter Wren. In love with Arthur, naturally. Bears his children. Illegitamitely, of course - he is married to Guinevere. And Nimue and Morgan are evil incestous witches breeding demons. Or something.
There are other modern Athurian things that I have highly enjoyed though. There's a kids book called "I am Mordred" (forget the author again) which I quite liked.
I liked the MZB but I got into her retelling of Cassandra's story more. And the movie they made of the MZB one (in which Morgause was a regular old black hat evil no nuance witch) was really stupid.
I don't own any of Heather Dale's stuff. If I was ever to get one album, which would you recommend?
There are a lot of modern twists on the Arthurian legend - some good, some bad. I think MZB's was well written. People can debate whether they liked what she did to the tales, but at least she is a good writer. I may read more of her stuff at some point.
Arthurian legend inspired music: Either May Queen or Trial of Lancelot. Trial of Lancelot has one of my favourite HD songs on it (Mordreds Lullaby) but as a whole May Queen is probably the better album.
Heather Dale in general: Road to Santiago. It only has a couple of Arthurian songs on it, but the album as a whole is just wonderful.
Christmas music: This Endris Night. Her collection of renaissance and medieval Christmas music. Very pretty and a marked improvement for those of us who find non-musical musak (e.g. Frosty the Snowman) annoying.