The White Enchantress

DAZ|Studio Mythology posted on Feb 28, 2022
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Something unapologetically far from our current troubles. One of the more interesting characters of Celtic folklore and mythology is Gwenhwyfar (literally "The White Enchantress". Her image has transformed over the ages as has her name, and there are now half a dozen different tropes relating to the character most people know as Guinevere (or Jennifer in its modern form). In the earliest tales , as recorded by the early historian Gruffudd ap Arthur (aka Geoffrey of Monmouth), she is Arthur's queen, a great beauty of Roman descent. When Arthur leaves Britain to wage war on the continent, he leaves Guinevere in the care of his nephew Mordred who seduces her and usurps the throne. For a long while, the memory of this infidelity was preserved in Welsh folklore and to such an extent that in some parts of the country, as recently as the nineteenth century, the name Guenevere was regarded as an insult to a girl's moral character! Later French medieval traditions cast her in more romantic light, particularly in the well known tales of Lancelot etc. as a fatally flawed but noble and virtuous lady. I've left this deliberately ambiguous so you can read whichever version you prefer into the image!

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Comments (17)


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jdwtrxk 11:04AM | Mon, 28 February 2022

So many of these legends have become twisted and adapted to suit places and times. Iseult is another example. She might be anther good one to render, Joe :)

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eekdog 11:24AM | Mon, 28 February 2022

love the water reflection and movement of it.

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gaius 11:29AM | Mon, 28 February 2022

What about the true story of a nice girl who likes to wear ancient clothes and who takes walks in the woods, like she was a dream ? This is purely superb.

PhthaloBlue 12:40PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

Delightful render!

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hashdoc 1:42PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

beautiful and full of peace!

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bucyjoe 3:34PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

enchanting good water

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UteBigSmile 4:36PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

WOW - This new image is breathtakingly beautiful in every point of view! 1000 Stars * I wish you a good new week, I hope that the russian nightmare will be over soon, I also start getting nervous!

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RodS Online Now! 6:31PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

This is really beautiful, and superbly done!

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CoolDimension 7:03PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

Lovely scene! beautiful expression and posing and great effects!

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Darkglass 7:28PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

Outstanding scene.. and a fabulous interpretation on Celtic character...lovely complementary lighting...first class work and render...!

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katyee 8:07PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

This is wonderful. A very beautiful interpretation.

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paul_gormley 10:52PM | Mon, 28 February 2022

interesting background to set up this delightful image, like her contemplative/reflective pose and the dying light which adds to the moodiness of it, very well composed

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anitalee 12:22AM | Wed, 02 March 2022

Excellent

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Flint_Hawk 12:23PM | Sat, 05 March 2022

She is beautiful & peaceful, but there is also an overall melancholy feeling to this scene!

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jmattatall 11:10PM | Mon, 07 March 2022

Lovely i like the reflection

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dragongirl 9:03AM | Sat, 19 March 2022

I realize as I read your text that I never thought of Guinevere as immoral. I think more of how her actins are a tragedy for Arthur. Hmmmm. Lovely figure and gown.

JoeJarrah 1:58PM | Sat, 19 March 2022

Thank you :) There are so many versions and layers in the older legends, it a source of endless inspiration!

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jdwtrxk 6:15PM | Sat, 02 April 2022

Very nice joe- light and water are superb.

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