Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia


Adrian, Brian, Dornar, Doryan, Drians, Driant, Durnor, Durnore, Tryan

Knight of the Round Table. Son of Pellinore (apparently his third in wedlock), brother of Perceval, Lamorat, AglovaleAlain, and Tor le Fise Aries.

The bulk of his adventures are found in the Prose Tristan. With his brother Alain, he guarded a bridge and jousted with all passers-by. He defeated King Mark of Cornwall in combat. He visited Mark’s court with his brother Lamorat and defeated all of Mark’s knights except for Tristan. An ongoing feud between Pellinore’s clan and Gawaine’s family eventually led to Drian being attacked by AgravainMordred, and Gawaine. After Drian defeated the first two, he was mortally wounded by Gawaine. His brother Lamorat died trying to avenge him.

He seems to have met his death before or during Lancelot’s sojourn with Elaine of Carbonek in the Joyous Isle (Castle of Bliant), for while Aglovale and Percivale are searching for Lancelot they visit their mother, who mourns the death of her husband Pellinore and two of her four sons.

As Dornar he appears at Duke Galeholt’s tournament in Surluse and at the attempt to heal Sir Urre.

Malory calls him “Durnor,” but includes two other knights named “Drian” and “Tryan,” to whom he gives the adventures above, seemingly unaware that they are all the same person. “Durnor” is killed by Gawaine’s kin; “Drian” visits Mark’s court with Lamorat and is eventually killed when Lancelot rescues Guinevere from the stake; and “Tryan” guards the bridge with his brother Alain.

Post-Vulgate Suite du Merlin | 1230-1240
Prose Tristan | 1230-1240
Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470