The Countless Retellings of Arthurian Legend....but what's the story you know best?

[name_m]How[/name_m] have you heard the arthurian legend? What’s the story that stood out to you the most, or the one you heard first…just the one you prefer? Please tell me cause I need help decoding the story!!

So basically, just tell me the legend you have as your favorite. Condense the whole story!

The one that stands out to me is [name_m]Sir[/name_m] [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] and [name_f]Lady[/name_f] Ragnell.

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I was first introduced to Arthurian legend by Disney’s The Sword in the [name_m]Stone[/name_m]. This adaptation only focuses on [name_m]Arthur[/name_m]’s childhood, so it doesn’t have much to do with him being king. Then I watched BBC’s Merlin, which is really just an overview of the tale, with little changes made throughout. The only story I’m very familiar with is Sir [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] and the [name_u]Green[/name_u] [name_m]Knight[/name_m], which I had to read for school.

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I’m Welsh and remember as a child hearing a story that was something along the lines of [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] became king after slaying the last dragon of [name_m]Wales[/name_m] using the excalibur that a wizard named [name_m]Merlin[/name_m] told him about. I’m not sure if this is actually one of the legends because I’ve heard different things since but I think it’s the general idea of how everything is supposed to fit together

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I watched The Sword in the [name_m]Stone[/name_m] but that was ages ago so I don’t remember what happened apart from [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] pulling the sword… from the stone. I had to read Sir [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] and the [name_u]Green[/name_u] [name_m]Knight[/name_m] for [name_u]Brit[/name_u] Lit last year, and I wrote part of my final exam on it.

Basically, [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] has a party and a mysterious figure called The [name_u]Green[/name_u] [name_m]Knight[/name_m] shows up. He asks for someone to strike a blow on him and promises to return that in a year. [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] steps up and cuts his head off. A year later, [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] stumbles upon a mysterious castle where he meets a man and his wife. The man says that for 3 days, he will go hunt while [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] stays at the castle, and at the end of the day, they would exchange their “winnings”. On the first day, the wife gives [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] one kiss, so [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] gives the man a kiss. On the second day, it’s 2 kisses. On the third, she gives him 3 kisses and her girdle, which she says will protect him from death. [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] gives the kisses but not the girdle. The next day, he leaves and meets the [name_u]Green[/name_u] [name_m]Knight[/name_m]. When [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] presents his neck, the knight fakes him out twice then nicks him on the third. The knight reveals that he’s the man from the castle, and the reason he drew blood on the third blow was because [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] didn’t give him the girdle, but the knight proclaims [name_m]Gawain[/name_m] is the most noble knight in the kingdom.

I’m sorry I can’t be of more help lol. This isn’t a legend I know much about!

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I honestly don’t know much, and the first time I remember clearly learning a little about it is the scene in minions where bob pulls the sword out of the stone, and that afternoon I got my dad to kinda explain it to me. I don’t really know more than that there were knights of the round table and a similar story to @Carys1

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I’m not very familiar with Arthurian Legends unfortunately. The one I know best goes like this.

NOTE: I wrote it like this to practice my writing a bit :grin:
In the golden days of [name_m]Long[/name_m] Ago, [name_m]King[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] and [name_f]Queen[/name_f] [name_f]Guinevere[/name_f] lived peacefully in their castle at [name_u]Carlisle[/name_u]. One [name_u]New[/name_u] Year’s day, when there was a large banquet and celebration, all was well, when a terrified farm girl burst into the room, weeping. She pleaded with the king and his knights to help her, so they said that they would be honored to help her.
“An evil ogre has moved into Hewin Castle!” she cried, still sobbing. “I live across from it, on shore, and he has been snatching up men, woman and children and eating them!”
A worried murmure rippled through the crowd.
“[name_m]Alas[/name_m]!” the king cried, readying his sword, [name_m]Excalibur[/name_m]. "The first quest of the [name_u]New[/name_u] Year! I will quest this time.
So the king thus set off towards Hewin Castle, to battle the ogre and save his kingdom.

[name_m]Long[/name_m] story short, they meet an hideous woman who asks three knights to marry her. the ogre has cursed the king and the only way to make him better is for the ogre to cure him, and the ogre will only cure him if he answers the riddle correctly. It’s ‘What does every woman want?’
The hideous woman has the anwser. The first knight refuses to marry her, not even for the greater good. Ditto for the second knight. But the third, the youngest, marries her and gets the answer. Obviously, the moment they marry she becomes fair, and golden hair and gorgeous. She answers the riddle: ‘her own way!’
So, the brave and noble knights and [name_m]King[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] answer the riddle and save the day, forcing the ogre to leave and cure [name_m]King[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m].
If you want, I can continue writing it down fairytale-esque.

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That’s the one I thought of, but I think I heard a slightly different version!

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