Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia


The Nartamongae is a magical vessel that features prominently in the folklore and mythology of the Ossetes, an ethnic group living primarily in the region of Ossetia, which spans across present-day North Ossetia-Alania in Russia and South Ossetia. It may have contributed to the Grail legend as many of the Ossetes’ kinsmen, the Sarmatians, were brought to Britain by the Romans.

In Ossetian mythology, the Nartamongae is depicted as a mystical cauldron or cup with extraordinary powers. It is said to possess the ability to provide nourishment and healing to those wo partake of its contents. The vessel is often associated with the Narts – legendary heroes and figures in Ossetian mythology who undertake heroic quests and adventures.

The Nartamongae plays a viral role in several mythical tales and sagas. It is believed to be capable of producing limitless amounts of food and drink, symbolizing abundance and prosperity. The vessel is often used to revive fallen warriors and heal the wounded, demonstrating its ability to restore life and vitality.

In addition to its powers of sustenance and healing, the Nartamongae is sometimes associated with divination and prophecy. It is said that the vessel can reveal hidden truths, offer guidance, and grant insight into the future. As such, it holds a mystical and revered status within Ossetian folklore.