Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia


In Chrétien’s Cliges, Morel is the black charger Cligés rode on the first day of the Oxford tournament.

Strangely, Morel is the only one of the four – black, sorrel, tawny, and white – to whom Chrétien de Troyes seems to give a name. Yet, of the four, the white Arabian, won from the Duke of Saxony, was surely the finest and most valuable. Perhaps in Morel’s case D.D.R. Owen has simply translated a name for the color as a proper noun?

In Durmart le GalloisSir Sagremor owns a horse of the same name.

Cligés | Chrétien de Troyes, late 12th century
Durmart le Gallois | Early 13th century