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Uther Pendragon

Arthur's father..
by Shruthi Ram on 12 October 2012

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Transcript of Uther Pendragon

Parentage: youngest son of King of Britain, Constantine II (according to legend) Place of Residence Camelot History Before Arthur Relationship
to Arthur: his father Relationship
of Other Characters to Uther Pendragon Arthur: father
Nimue: friends
Igraine: his Queen
Morgana: daughter
Gorlois: morgana’s step
father
Gaius: good servant and friend
of Uther
Merlin: one who appointed him to be
Arthur’s servant
Vivienne: brief relationship with her (wife of Gorlois)
before marriage with Igraine.
Morgause: half-sister of King Arthur, and eldest daughter of Queen
Igraine and her first husband, Gorlois. Loves: Igraine (his Queen)..and, briefly, Vivienne before marriage Constantine II Aldroenus Aurelius Ambrosius Constans Uther Pendragon Igraine Gorlois Family Tree Anna (Morgause) Arthur Guinever Mordred Uther Pendragon Summary Uther Pendragon is a legendary king of sub-Roman Britain and the father of King Arthur.

A few minor references to Uther appear in Old Welsh poems, but his biography was first written down by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain), and Geoffrey's account of the character was used in most later versions.

He is a fairly ambiguous individual throughout literature; he is described as a strong king and a defender of the people. Uther spent his youth in exile in Breton with his elder brother Aurelius Ambrosius. They return to Britain to dethrone Vortigern, and Aurelius is made king. Later, while Aurelius is ill, Uther leads his army against Vortigern's son Paschent and his Saxon allies. On the way to the battle, he sees a comet in the shape of a dragon, which Merlin interprets as presaging Aurelius's death and Uther's glorious future. Uther wins the battle and takes the epithet "Pendragon", and returns to find that Aurelius has been poisoned by an assassin. Uther becomes king after his brother's death and holds court in London. History Excalibur (1981) - Gabriel Byrne
Merlin (1998) TV - Mark Jax
Merlin (2008) TV - Anthony Head Modern Appearances Major Life Events When the nobles present themselves before the new king, Uther falls for Igraine, the wife of Gorlois, the duke of Cornwall. She refuses to lie with him, infusing his desire for her even more. Determined to have her, Uther leads an army to ravage the ducal lands. Gorlois rides out with his men to meet the army and while he is away, Merlin magically alters Uther's appearance so that the king now resembles Gorlois. Uther enters Tintagel Castle and lies with Igraine, who mistakes him for her husband. Thus, Arthur is begotten. The real Gorlois falls in battle, and Uther resumes his true shape and marries Igraine. In exchange for his help, Merlin demands the offspring of this union. Geoffrey Monmouth's book Aurelius Ambrosius Gorlois Tintagel Castle Uther Pendragon vows to deliver the child (Arthur) to Merlin. Igraine Death In old age, the sick and aging Uther was drawn into a renewed war with the Northern Angles. When his commander, King Lot of Lothian was unsuccessful, the King was carried to St. Albans to besiege the Anglian Princes himself. According to some accounts he drank water from a spring that had been poisoned by the Saxons, in other accounts he dies of a wound received in battle. Supposedly, he is bured at the Stonehedge.

- The exact way Uther died is still uncertain. Video: THE END. By: Shruthi Ram Other Names:
Uthyr Pendragon or Uthyr Bendragon
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