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Spring of the Pine

La Fontaine de Pin

The Spring of the Pine is a magical spring featured in Arthurian romances, particularly in the medieval French romances Lancelot do Lac and the Vulgate Cycle’s Lancelot.

A spring in a northern forest, at which Hector out-jousted Sagremor (Sagramore), KayGirflet, and Yvain (Ywaine).

The Spring of the Pine is typically described as a magical and enchanted spring located in a mysterious and otherwordly setting. The exact location can vary in different versions of the stories. Like many other magical springs in Arthurian romances, the Spring of the Pine is associated with transformative and healing properties. Knights who encounter such springs may seek their waters to heal wounds, gain insights, or undergo personal transformations.

The Spring of the Pine often plays a narrative role in the adventures of knights, especially Sir Lancelot in this context. Knights may come across the spring during their quests and engage with its magical properties as part of their chivalric journey.

In the Vulgate Lancelot, Lancelot, being one of the central and noble knights of the Round Table, is on a quest for the Holy Grail to prove his worthiness and devotion. The encounter with the Spring of the Pine becomes part of his larger journey.

Lancelot do Lac | 1215-1220
Vulgate Lancelot | 1215-1230