In Lancelot, le Chevalier de la Charrette, by Chrétien, Lancelot is driven by his deep love for Queen Guenevere, and embarks on a quest or a journey to rescue the Queen, from her captor, Meleagant (Meleagaunce).
During his journey, Lancelot comes across the mystical and perilous Forest Perdue, a forest which is hidden and difficult to locate. While in the forest, Lancelot hears a song or a lament about Queen Guenevere. The song may recount Guenevere’s beauty, her virtues, or the challenges she faces due to her role as queen and her connection to King Arthur. The song deeply affects Lancelot, stirring his emotions and intensifying his love for Guenevere.
This forest might be identical with Forest of No Return.
Cancon de la Royne Genievre | The Legend of King Arthur
Lancelot, or Le Chevalier de la Charrete | Chrétien de Troyes, late 12th century
Vulgate Lancelot | 1215-1230
Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470