Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia


A mischievous little hunchback dwarf who lived at the court of Mark of Cornwall. He seemed to have a fair knowledge of astronomy and ability with prophecy.

He knew of Tristan’s and Isolde’s affair and took care to make Mark aware of it, deriving glee from the trouble he caused. He twice set up the lovers to be caught by Mark – both times, Mark came to disbelieve the dwarf in favor of his wife and nephew. The dwarf eventually got drunk, announced that Mark had the ears of a horse, and had his head swiped off by Mark as a result.

He appears in Eilhart’s Tristrant as Acquitain and in Gottfried’s Tristan as Melot.

See also
Dwarves | Myths and Legends

Tristan | Béroul, late 12th century