In Celtic * mythology, Avalon was an earthly paradise generally described as a land of plenty where eternal spring, health, and harmony reigned. On this island of apple trees, food-producing plants were so abundant that no one ever needed to farm the land. The enchantress Morgan Le Fay and her eight sisters, all expert healers, ruled Avalon.

After King Arthur was mortally wounded, he was taken by boat to Avalon. There, Morgan Le Fay cared for him and healed his wounds. Arthur remained there until it was time for him to return to rule Britain again. Avalon has long been identified with the town of Glastonbury in Somerset, England. Arthur and his wife, Guinevere, are said to have been buried at the abbey there.

See also Arthur, King ; Arthurian Legends ; Celtic Mythology ; Morgan Le Fay .

* See Names and Places at the end of this volume for further information.

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