Study Guide

Idylls of the King Characters

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Arthur

King Arthur. You've heard the name before. What kinds of ideas does it conjure up? knights and...

Guinevere

Oh Gwenny. What are we going to do with you? Object of Everyone's AffectionFor the first half of...

Lancelot

Lancelot. Dude's such a great knight that the mere mention of his name causes the much younger...

Elaine

Shy, innocent, and beautiful, Elaine is the “Lily Maid of Astolat.” She’s the...

Vivien

Given that this is a Victorian poem, where sex is almost never mentioned (only implied), Vivien...

Balin and Balan

Balin and Balan: two peas in a pod. They're twin brothers who are totally devoted to one another....

Gawain

Gawain is the bad boy of Arthur’s court. He’s can’t seem to do anything right,...

Tristram

Tristram makes a significant appearance in only one Idyll, “The Last Tournament,”...