Aroie, L’Arbroie(?), La Broce(?), La Broie(?)
A Scottish forest through which Perceval, in Fergus, pursued a white stag in a long hunt that finally ended in the forest of Ingegal (Ingagel). In the Post-Vulgate Suite du Merlin, it is the location of the Forest of Adventures. This was where Gawain, Yvain, and Morholt (Marhaus) met with three maidens who led them on separate quests.
Sirs Marhaus, Gawaine, and Uwaine
came into a great forest, that was named the country and forest of Arroy, and the country of strange adventures,
and here they chose for their guides three damsels whom they met at a fountain. Aside from the intervention of the Damosel of the Lake in Gawaine’s adventure, there is not much of the supernatural in the succeeding episodes, as Malory records them.
Gawaine ended up in the middle of the Pelleas and Etnard (Ettard) affair, which may have been near the magical Lake, since Nimue loved Pelleas.
Marhaus came to the Duke of the South Marches, while Uwaine rode westward and arrived in Wales. After meeting each other again in Arroy at the close of these adventures, the trio took twelve days to reach Camelot, which may argue quite a distance, or bad roads, or a leisurely trip.
Phyllis Ann Karr wants to identify Arroy as Warwickshire, reasonably convenient to Wales, the South Marches, and to Malory’s Camelot. Scholars have suggested Ayrshire as a possible location.
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