Geoffrey of Monmouth, the father of Arthur.
spent his youth in exile in Breton with his elder brother
Aurelius Ambrosius. They return to Britain to dethrone Vortigern,
and Aurelius is made king. He sends his brother and Merlin
to Ireland in order to fetch the Giants' Ring.
Aurelius is poisoned, a celestial portent appears and Merlin
interprets this as forecasting the glories of Uther and
his unborn offspring.
main feature of this portent is a luminous dragon,
whence Uther's sobriquet "Pendragon". Geoffrey explains
it as meaning "a dragon's head", but more probably it means
"head dragon", which may be interpreted as "foremost leader"
or "chief of warriors".
becomes king after his brother's death and holds court in
London. When the nobles present themselves before the new
king, Uther falls for Igraine,
the wife of Gerlois, the duke of Cornwall. She refuses to
lie with him, infusing his desire for her even more.
to have her, Uther leads an army to ravage the ducal lands.
Gerlois rides out with his men to meet the army and while
he is away, Merlin magically alters Uther's appearance so
that the king now resembles Gerlois. Uther enters Tintagel
and lies with Igraine, who mistakes him for her husband.
Thus, Arthur is begotten. The real Gerlois falls in battle,
and Uther resumes his true shape and marries Igraine.
exchange for his help, Merlin demands the offspring of this
remainder of his life he is troubled by ill health and aggressive
Saxons. Some sixteen years later he dies -- similarly to
his brother -- by Saxon poison. Legend has it that he was
buried besides his brother at Stonehenge.
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