What’s In A Name?

Magic. If that name is Avalon.

Avalon was first mentioned in the histories of King Arthur written by  Geoffrey of Monmouth around 1136. In old Welsh it translates loosely to “Island of Apple Trees”. According to Geoffrey’s writing it is where Arthur’s famous sword, Excalibur was forged and is where Arthur went to recover from battle wounds received during the Battle of Camlann.

My love of all things Wales and Welsh is a gift from my Mother’s family. My Nanny and her brothers, my Great Gran and her family were all a big part of my growing up. I discovered the tales of King Arthur at an early age and was captivated. Something about that time frame struck such a deep chord with me and being just a little fey, the imaginings came easily.

I first wrote about Avalon as I see it and the meaning it holds for me in my very early teens. Small fictions and poems, daydreams about what love might mean in time. It wasn’t so much an actual place, although I do see it as beautiful green fields, with pretty creeks and cerulean skies. It was as much a state of mind and being I wanted to be in. That magical place, Avalon.

I shared it long ago with a beautiful boy who made me see a little something magic in me at a time when my life felt like it was not worth living. He turned me around from a black place and helped me see there were other possibilities, ones I’d lost sight of. Avalon was in his soul, though I don’t think I really knew it then, only felt it as I penned that magical place-name in a letter to him at his university.

Avalon is still magic for me. It’s name evokes love, and hope; possibilities and happy endings. I can’t ever be sullied by lies or attacks. The magic in that name cannot be stolen from me. It has always been mine in this context and I keep it close to my heart just by hearing it whispered in my thoughts… Avalon.

~ kei
17 March 2014


For the Weekly Writing Challenge: Power of Names, 17 March 2014:

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and styles.

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You can get out of a bargain with Rumpelstiltskin if you know his true name. Names can give you access that others don’t have. Literature and fairy tales are obsessed with the power names can have over people and objects. This week, we’re asking you to take a look at what names mean to you.

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  12. Avalon speaks to me as well. It is close to where I live on the Outer, and an essential part of Logres on the Inner. The Lady of the Lake is part of my mythology. It is a place where the veil is thin. Alienora


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