NIGHTBRINGER | The Arthurian Encyclopedia

Fortune

Two entries with the name Fortune.


Fortune


A castle in Wales where Lancelot slew a knight.


Source
Prose Tristan | 1230-1240


Fortune

Lady Fortune, Lady Love

Often personified as a woman in Arthurian romance: ‘Lady Fortune’ and ‘Lady Love’ are often named as the controllers of knights’ destinies.

In Heinrich von dem Türlin’s Diu Crône, however, Lady Fortune appears as a corporeal being. She ruled the land of Ordohorht along with her son, Luck. Gawaine visited her splendid palace and found her sitting on a rotating wheel. She provided Gawaine with a magic ring that, as long as Arthur wore it, would protect his court from all harm. Her magic also fashioned a belt worn by Sir Fimbeus, but later taken by Gawaine. She employed a burgrave named Aanzim.

In the Morte Arthure, Arthur dreamt he beheld the maiden Fortune spinning her wheel on which he was placed. The wheel was then twirled about until he was smashed to fragments. He was told that this presaged his downfall.


Source
Diu Crône | Heinrich von dem Türlin, c. 1230