Val sans retour

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Morgain the fairy enchanting the Val in Lancelot en prose (c. 1494)

In Arthurian legend, the Val sans retour (Vale of No Return or Valley Without Return), also known as the Val des faux amants (Vale of False Lovers) or the Val périlleux (Perillous Vale), is a magical domain of Morgan le Fay in the French medieval story recorded in the chivalric romance prose cycle Lancelot-Grail. The legend is associated with an area of that same name, located in northern French Paimpont forest.


In the Arthurian prose romance Lancelot, a part of the 13th-century Vulgate Cycle, the Val is an enchanted land in which Morgane, the fairy sister of King Arthur, imprisons her unfaithful lover and then many more knights who have been untrue to their ladies. Her spell was eventually broken by Lancelot, who has always been loyal to Guinevere, who freed all the knights but was then himself captured by Morgane for the first time.[1]

Real world location[edit]

Val sans retour's "fairy lake" in 2017

The Val sans retour has been identified with an area of the same name within Paimpont forest in Brittany, France, which tradition has long held to be the site of the legendary forest of Brocéliande. Its local legend echoes the tale from the Arthurian romance Vulgate Lancelot.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "L'origine littéraire du Val sans Retour - Encyclopédie de Brocéliande". (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  2. ^ "Le Val sans Retour". Brocéliande (in French). Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  3. ^ "Le Val sans Retour". Office de Tourisme de Brocéliande (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  4. ^ "Val sans Retour - site légendaire Brocéliande". Destination Brocéliande en Bretagne (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-22.

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Coordinates: 48°00′03″N 2°17′09″W / 48.00083°N 2.28583°W / 48.00083; -2.28583