The Lady of the Lake (5/6)

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The Lady of the Lake is a mystical, enchanting woman who is said to have inhabited a lake in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Her name was traditionally known to be Nimue, with other variants being Ninianne, Viviane, Vivanne, Vivienne, Vivien etc. Similar to a mermaid, she is said to be highly persuasive and to possess the ability to charm men with her beauty, however unlike mermaids she is not malevolent. The legend is interlinked with that of King Arthur, there having been a mention of a Lady of the Lake who looks after his sword, Excalibur, until such a time that the king returns. However, it also exists independently of that, tracing its origin to ancient Welsh folklore.

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