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    What Do You Think of the Legends of Arthur? Is It Too Celtic?

    My understanding is that the stories of Arthur and his "Round Table" were primarily derived from Brythonic (e.g. Welsh) sources rather than Norse or Saxon ones, though the literary tradition has produce many very very good works in English, and many of the stories speak about situations certainly very relevant to chivalry, the old ways of life in Europe, and the nature of humanity. One of the legends does state that Arthur fought against the Anglo Saxons, trying to preserve Celtic rule in what became England.

    1) Do you see anything inherently non-Germanic about admiring these stories?
    2) What are your favorite Arthurian works, if any? Monty Python and the Holy Grail DOES count!

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    L'Morte D'Arthur

    Arthurian legend is definitely Celtic in origin.

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    Arthurian legends = Celts

    Legends rose from the time after the Romans left England. They do include references to fighting the Saxons and others. After the Angles and Saxons took England the legends faded away, only to return after 1066 when William the Bastard took England. Many of his foot soldiers were descendents of the Celts that had left England after the coming of the English. From them the Arthurian legends regained their popularity with the Celts and Normans.

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    Arthuriana arose in France despite the Brythonic origins of the core character. If anything it is of steppe origins, not just Alanic but E Germanic. In any case Arthur and his knights became known as far east as the Cossacks and Syrians.

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