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The Lady of the Lake is a Child of Oberon. It seems that she is connected with water. She appears to be kind and wise and helped King Arthur to gain his sword again.

History

Together with Nimue and Morgana le Fay, they took the wounded King Arthur to Avalon for recovery. After that, they taught the London Clan the poem to find Excalibur.

At some unknown point of time she went to Central Park to wait for Arthur in a lake.

When he arrived with Griff, Hudson, Lexington, Brooklyn and Broadway, the Lady tested Arthur. He passed the test and the Lady of the Lake showed him where Excalibur was.

When the banishment from Oberon ended with The Gathering, the Lady of the Lake was one of these who came deliberately back to Avalon.

Characteristics

The Lady of the Lake looks like a beautiful silver-haired woman in a gown of white samite. She is accompanied by small water sprites and has power over water itself.


Real-World Background

The Lady of the Lake was the keeper of the sword Excalibur in Arthurian legend. According to Sir Thomas Malory, after King Arthur broke his original sword in battle against King Pellinor, Merlin brought him to the Lake of Avalon, where the Lady of the Lake appeared. She agreed to give Arthur Excalibur for his new sword, and he bore it from then on. Presumably she received it back after Sir Bedivere returned it to the lake. In the Vulgate Cycle, she also served as the foster-mother to Sir Lancelot, raising him in her home after Benwick, the kingdom of his father Ban, was conquered by King Claudas, and sending him to Arthur's court when he was of age. (According to Greg Weisman, however this last did not happen in the Gargoyles Universe.)

The Lady of the Lake is often identified - or confused - with Nimue, the sorceress whom Merlin fell in love with and who magically imprisoned him; even Malory did this. In the Gargoyles Universe, however, they are separate figures. Malory's own account of the Lady of the Lake had her slain by Sir Balin of Northumberland, one of Arthur's knights, who claimed that she was an evil sorceress who had murdered his mother; obviously this did not take place in the Gargoyles Universe (unless the Lady of the Lake underwent a temporary "death", similar to that of the Banshee and Anansi).

"Gargoyles" interprets the Lady of the Lake as one of the Third Race; however, Malory and the Vulgate Cycle seem to have interpreted her as a human sorceress; the Vulgate even claimed that her "enchanted lake" was really a splendid human city concealed by an illusionary lake from outward eyes. This interpretation was clearly not used by "Gargoyles", however.

Powers and Abilities

Some powers the Lady of the Lake has shown:

  • Conjuring a Water Djinn
  • Control over water
  • Conjuring a "water mirror" to show something
  • Spell Casting
  • Teleporting

Appearances


Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

  1. Awakening
  2. Awakening, Part Two
  3. Awakening, Part Three
  4. Awakening, Part Four
  5. Awakening, Part Five
  6. The Thrill of the Hunt
  7. Temptation
  8. Deadly Force
  9. Enter MacBeth
10. The Edge
11. Long Way to Morning
12. Her Brother's Keeper
13. Reawakening

  1. Leader of the Pack
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. Legion
  4. A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time
  5. The Mirror
  6. The Silver Falcon
  7. Eye of the Beholder
  8. Vows
  9. City of Stone, Part One
10. City of Stone, Part Two
11. City of Stone, Part Three
12. City of Stone, Part Four
13. High Noon

14. Outfoxed
15. The Price
16. Revelations
17. Double Jeopardy
18. Upgrade
19. Protection
20. The Cage
21. Avalon, Part One
22. Avalon, Part Two
23. Avalon, Part Three
24. Shadows of the Past
25. Heritage
26. Monsters

27. Golem
28. Sanctuary
29. M.I.A.
30. Grief
31. Kingdom
32. The Hound of Ulster
33. Walkabout
34. Mark of the Panther
35. Pendragon
36. Eye of the Storm
37. The New Olympians
38. The Green
39. Sentinel

40. Bushido
41. Cloud Fathers
42. Ill Met By Moonlight
43. Future Tense
44. The Gathering, Part One *
45. The Gathering, Part Two
46. Vendettas
47. Turf
48. The Reckoning
49. Possession
50. Hunter's Moon, Part One
51. Hunter's Moon, Part Two
52. Hunter's Moon, Part Three

  1. The Journey
  2. Ransom
  3. Runaways
  4. Broadway Goes Hollywood
  5. A Bronx Tail
  6. The Dying Of The Light
  7. And Justice For All
  8. Genesis Undone
  9. Generations
10. ...For It May Come True
11. To Serve Mankind
12. Seeing Isn't Believing
13. Angels In The Night

SLG comic books

Gargoyles #1. Clan Building Chapter One: Nightwatch
Gargoyles #2. Clan Building Chapter Two: The Journey
Gargoyles #3. Clan Building Chapter Three: Invitation Only
Gargoyles #4. Clan Building Chapter Four: Masque
Gargoyles #5. Clan Building Chapter Five: Bash
Gargoyles #6. Clan Building Chapter Six: Reunion
Gargoyles #7. Clan Building Chapter Seven: The Rock
Gargoyles #8. Clan Building Chapter Eight: Rock & Roll
Gargoyles #9. Clan Building Chapter Nine: Rock of Ages
Gargoyles #10. Clan Building Chapter Ten: The Gate
Gargoyles #11. Clan Building Chapter Eleven: Tyrants
Gargoyles #12. Clan Building Chapter Twelve: Phoenix

Bad Guys #1. Strangers
Bad Guys #2. The Lost
Bad Guys #3. Estranged
Bad Guys #4. Louse
Bad Guys #5. Strangled
Bad Guys #6. Losers

*cameo

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