Three aspects flow into the same river (Mersey) - but where was
the fountain with the grail located and where is it now ?
In the final battles between the knights of the divided round table
Gawain receives a mortal wound in combat against Lancelot during
fighting in France. The wound opens on Gawain's return to fight
Mordred with Arthur in Britain and he dies from it having engraved
on his tomb the words:
"HERE LIE GARETH AND GAWAIN, WHOM LANCELOT KILLED
THROUGH GAWAIN'S FOOLISHNESS"
In some traditional writings it is Gawain that obtained sovereignty
for King Arthur which explains Arthur's lament in the 'Alliterative
"Then the valiant king looked and was sad at heart, groaned dreadfully,
with tears of grief, knelt down by the dead body, and caught it
up in his arms, lifted up his visor and kissed him quickly, looked
on his eyelids that were tightly closed, his lips like lead, and
his pale countenance."
"Then the royal monarch cried aloud, 'Dear kinsman by blood, I
am in sorry plight. For now my honour has departed and my struggle
is ended. Here lies the expectation of my well-being, my success
in battle. My courage and my valour stemmed wholly from him, my
counsel, my succour that sustained my spirit. The king of knights
in Christendom, thou wert worthy to be king, though I wore the crown.
Mine good fortune, my good name on earth were gained through Sir
Gawayne, and through his wisdom alone. Alas, now my sorrow increases.
I am utterly destroyed in mine own land. Ah, treacherous, cruel
Death, thou lingerest too long ! Why dost thou hold back ?" (Translation
by J.L.N. O'Loughlin).