Gareth and Erec: the Same Person?
According to Roger
Sherman Loomis in Arthurian Tradition and Chretien
de Troyes, "King Loth had a son Guerehes, and one of the adventures of
Gueheres, son of Loth, as will be seen, offers a significant parallel to
the ride of Erec, son of Lac, with Enide." Loth seems to be a cognate of
Llwch (or Loch, Lloch and the French Lac), the father of Erec (whose name
developed from Guerec, which has obvious connections to the name "Gareth."
Interestingly, Loth and Lac are both kings of Orcanie. Loth's other son
Guahries (Gaheries), who becomes the Gareth or Gaheris of Malory, also has
many adventures like those of Erec, reinforcing the claim that Gareth,
Gaheris and Eric probably have the same origin (72).
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