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Gulf of Satellie
le Gouffre de Sathenie, Satellege, Wolfsatellege

A point in the ocean where the four seas were said to come together.

In the Livre d’ArtusMerlin tosses a Gorgon’s head (the Ugly Appearance), obtained by Arthur’s Sir Greu, into the Gulf of Satellie. In Der Pleier’s Garel, the dwarf king Albewin also travels there to sink a Gorgon’s head, taken from a demon called Vulganus that had been slain by Arthur’s Sir Garel. The seas boiled when Albewin dropped in the head, and it was said that storms perpetually plagued the region afterwards.

In Greek mythology, a Gorgon is a creature, typically depicted as a monstrous female with snakes for hair. The most famous Gorgon is Medusa. Medusa’s head is a popular symbol and motif in art and literature, representing the monstrous and the petrifying.

Le Livre d’Artus | Early 13th century
Garel von dem blühenden Tal | Der Pleier, 1240-1270