Isolde


Variant of Iseult used in the thirteenth century by Gottfried von Strassburg, and in the nineteenth century by Richard Wagner.

    1. Isolde

      In Gottfriedís Tristan, the Queen of Ireland, wife of King Gurmun of Ireland, and mother to Tristanís lover Isolde.

      She cleverly convinced her husband to make peace with Cornwall and to give their daughter to King Mark. She concocted the fateful potion, intended for Mark and Isolde, which bound Tristan and Isolde in love.

      In most other versions, her character is unnamed.


    2. Isolde

      God-daughter of Tristan.

      She was the daughter of Genes, the seafarer who brought Isolde of Cornwall to the mortally wounded Tristanís bedside. Isolde told Isolde of the White Hands that Isolde of Cornwall was coming, which sparked the jealousy that led to Tristanís premature death.


    3. Isolde

      The daughter of Tristan and Isolde in the Italian I Due Tristani.

      She was born along with Tristan the Younger during Tristan and Isoldeís sojourn at the Castle of Tears. Raised by foster-parents, she grew into a beauty. Palamedes, who had loved her mother, tried to abduct her and was slain by Palante, Tristanís cousin, in the process.

      She later married King Juan of Castille, whom her brother served.


    4. Isolde the Dark

      Tristanís wife in the Icelandic Saga af Tristan ok Õsodd, essentially the same character as Isolde of the White Hands.

      The sister of Earls SigurÚr and HrŪngr of Spain, she was offered to Tristan when he conquered the kingdom. They had a son named Kanelgras (Kalegras) who eventually became king of England. Like Isolde of the White Hands in the traditional legend, Isolde the Dark was jealous of Tristanís love for her namesake in England.

      Tristan was eventually wounded in combat, and he sent to England for the other Isolde (an experienced healer), telling the shipmaster to fly white sails during the return voyage if she was on board, and black sails if she was not. Isolde the Dark, seeing the ship returning with white sails, lied to Tristan and said they were black. Tristan died immediately from sorrow.


See also
Iseult | The Legend of King Arthur
Isoud | The Legend of King Arthur