The Lady of the Lake, Lady of Avalon, is the title name of the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. There are several related characters in the role which include giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father. Different writers and copyists give her name variously as Nimue, Viviane, Elaine, Niniane, Nivian, Nyneve, Evienne and other variations.
I loved the stories of King Arthur, Guinivere , Sir Galahad and the Knights of the Round Table. This illustration of the Lady of the lake and the sword Excaliber are so evocative of reading these books as a child. R McN