Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas of Ercildoune, Thumas

A scribe from Toledo, and a famous visitor to the land of Faery lived in the thirteenth century. Glennie tells us that many traditions connect him with Arthur, as

the unwilling, and too quickly vanishing guide of those adventurous spirits who have entered the mysterious Halls beneath the Eildons, and attempted to achieve the re-awakening of Arthur ... only to be cast forth.

The tradition recorded in Malory has Arthur lying not beneath the Eildons, but in Avilion (Glastonbury). Different spatial relationships, however, may hold in Faery than here on the surface. Thomas and three other scribes were charged with recording the exploits of Arthur and his knights.