Mysterious Places: Avalon

Avalon is a mysterious and legendary island that is more prominently featured in Arthurian legend. It is said to be a magical place where King Arthur was once taken to recover from his wounds in battle. Also known for its beautiful apples, Avalon may also have certain parallels with other Indo-European mythology and legends.

Isle Of Apples

Several accounts associated with Avalon has mentioned that it was known for its apples. One reason is that the island was also known by the name of Insula Pomorum which can be translated as the “isle of apples”. It is signified as an island likened to a paradise, a place where nature provides anything and no plows or cultivation is necessary.

Avalon History

The mystical place of Avalon was first mentioned in “The History of the Kings of Britain” by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136. According to this account, Avalon was the place where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged and where Arthur was later on taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann.

The legend of King Arthur has given Avalon renown that it now has. But there are also other non-Arthurian myths and literature that also mention a similar mythical place.

Possible Locations

Despite being known as a mythical island, there have been actual locations associated with Avalon. It was associated with Glastonbury, where monks from the Glastonbury Abbey once claimed to have discovered the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Another possible reason for the association is that Glastonbury is a known apple-growing area in England.

The location for Avalon even extends far away from England where its legend first came about. Some say that Avalon may be found somewhere in North America or even Greenland. Some say it may be found somewhere in Sicily or other islands in the Mediterranean.

 
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