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Ganieda - Merlin's sister by Ange1ica Ganieda - Merlin's sister by Ange1ica
My entry for the "Arthurian Legends" contest being run by profilic-imp: prolific-imp.deviantart.com

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In the tale told by Geoffrey of Monmouth, titled Vita Merlini (c. 1152), Ganieda was known as the sister of Merlin. In the Welsh legends, Ganieda was known as Gwenddydd, and was the sister of Myrddin (Merlin). She was also the sister-in-law of Gwendoloena, Merlin's wife.

Ganieda (Gwenddydd) was the wife of King Rodarch of Cumbria (Welsh Rhydderch Hael, king of Stathclyde).

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, when her husband died, Ganieda lived in the forest with her brother. It was she who had built a house with seventy doors and seventy windows, for Merlin. The construction of the house allowed her brother to observe the night sky and foretell the future (astrology).

The legendary bard Taliesin later joined the brother and sister in the forest, where the bard shared news with Merlin. When Merlin regained his sanity by drinking water from healing spring, Ganieda gained the power of prophecy, supposedly superior to his own power.

As the Welsh Gwenddydd, the poems attributed to Myrddin (Merlin), she was upset with her brother for the death of her son. But later she was reconciled with Myrddin, in a dialogue between Myrddin and Gwenddydd (Cyfoesi Myrddin ac ei Chwaer Gwenddydd). Here, we find out that their father was named Morfryn, and that he and her sister were twins.

Ganieda doesn't appear in the mainstream Arthurian legend. However, some people see that Merlin's sister was replaced with a fairy woman and sorceress known as the Lady of the Lake. The Lady of the Lake is known by several different names, including Niniane, Nymenche or Uiuiane (in the Vulgate Cycle), Nimue (in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur) and Vivian (a name more popular in modern literature).

That's not to say Ganieda is a Lady of the Lake; she may be the antecedent of the Lady of the Lake. Though, Merlin's sister and the Lady of the Lake appeared to be two totally different people, the resemblances are there. Ganieda became gifted in divination as soon as her brother's sanity was cured. Therefore, Ganieda had inherited Merlin's position, since her brother refused to prophesy any more. Merlin said that his sister was even better than him in divinition, just as the later Merlin was supersceded by the Lady of the Lake. While Niniane (Vivian) was a pupil in Merlin, she learned all she could about magic from Merlin. After confining or killing Merlin, Niniane inherited Merlin's magical knowledge and skill, and became Merlin's successor as King Arthur's adviser.
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OceanSilverBreeze Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
The picture is amazing! I love the pose and the lighting, but mostly that epic sword!! Thanks so much for the background history. It was so cool! Frankly, I love learning about history (not so much memorizing the dates though lol) and I wish History class could be this entertaining! Instead, we're learning about politics :p Thanks so much for this! I loved it :D
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
you need me to come into your History class. I'd make it far more interesting! :D LOL!
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OceanSilverBreeze Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Yes! Yes you will lol :D
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Catcat222 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
love the amount of knowledge in that whole splodge of text up there :D Only one question: This is a photo, right? SO, where did you get that EPIC sword?? :D :D :D Love the shading etc :)
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, it's a photograph. I purchased the sword from a local "Goth shop" about 4 years ago. It usually hangs on my studio wall.
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Catcat222 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D nice!
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residentevilfreak553 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: This is gorgeous!!:love: :boogie: The background is beautiful and the hair is so pretty! Also, the sword and pose is awesome!:heart: This is amazing!
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
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residentevilfreak553 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!8-) :aww:
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
very impressive!
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you. I'm glad you like it!
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Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
My pleasure!
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annoyinglizardvoice Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Love the lighting of the pic, particularly the way the light catches her hair.
Nice sword too.
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
I love the sword too...
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Chaobaby7 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
wow amazing.:wow:
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I was quite pleased with the result too! :D
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Chaobaby7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
its beautiful and I featured it in my journal.:)
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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Chaobaby7 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
:):rose:
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Jude360 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Beautifully composed and a part that you naturally play, which is why the image is totally believable...
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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GravihK Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice lighting and usage of textures! :) Good luck for the contest! :) :dance: :w00t:
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much. :D
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starshine69 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
simply amazing!
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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teasebinder Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Beautiful!! :)
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :)
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Prolific-Imp Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
excellent :) Your deviation has been added to the contest entries! Good luck!
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Ange1ica Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you. :w00t:
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