Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book II Chapter XIX

The next morning, of course, Merlin shows up. Did you think we were going to get through the end of this chapter without Merlin being a jackass one more time?  He’s apparently concerned with setting all the pieces into place … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book II Chapter XVIII

So okay there’s Balin, he’s all geared up and ready to fight, and out comes his designated opponent, another knight all in red, likewise with a face-concealing helmet.  Spoiler: it’s Balan, Balin’s brother, last seen wandering off to no particular … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book II Chapter XVII

So, as you probably saw coming, Garnish takes one look at the couple sleeping under the tree and completely loses it.  He starts bleeding from the nose and mouth, that’s how intense his sobs are. “Balin, man, what the hell?” … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book II Chapter XVI

So that’s the great adventure of the dolorous stroke and how Sir Balin screwed everything up.  Everything in this book after this is just denouement, because our story isn’t well and truly told until Balin is dead.  Because yeah, he survives having … Continue reading →