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    1. Distant Isles
      Far Isles, Foreign Isles; Lontaignes Iles, - Illes; Lontaines Iles, Remote Isles, Strange Isles

      An archipelago near the country of Sorelois, mentioned several times in the Vulgate romances.

      Galahad, Joseph of Arimatheaís son, married the daughter of their king. Later, in Arthurís time, they was ruled by Clamadeu, and were conquered by Galehaut, whom conquered thirty kingdoms.

      One of Distant Isles was the Giantís Isle, which held the Castle of Tears and was conquered by Tristan (Tristram). In the Post-Vulgate Merlin continuation and in Malory, the King of the Distant Isles was one five kings who invaded Britain, and who were slain by Arthurís men at the battle of the Humber.

      The Distant Isles were also the home of a Knight of the Round Table named Balynor (Balinor). Some have attempted to identify the Distant Isles with the Hebrides or the Isles of Scilly.

      Some evidence points to a Welsh location for Surluse; Holyhead and Anglesey (which are more roundish than long) have already been assigned to King Pellinore on stronger evidence. Islay, Jura, Kintyre, and Arran, in Scotland, certainly answer the description of "long islands", and the fact that they are far distant from Wales may be secondary to a conqueror of Galeholt's caliber.


      See also
      Five Kings | The Legend of King Arthur



    2. Distant Knight

      In La Tavola Ritonda, Tristan's alias during his stay in Ireland. In most versions, he uses the name Tantrist.