|Type:||Magical source of illumination|
A light spell is a form of enchantment that magically conjures a source of illumination, which can also be projected through space.
Sources of illuminationEdit
Merlin conjured such a guiding light when he was poisoned by Nimueh, with the incantation "Fromum feohgiftum on fæder bearme. Fromum feohgiftum" and projected it into the caves below the Forest of Balor to help Arthur Pendragon, who had been left there to die by the sorceress(The Poisoned Chalice).
Morgause enchanted her ring with the spell "Lære us, forþbrenge us, ætlæde us. Wisu heofoncandel ure" and gave it to Morgana. When the Witch dropped it on the ground, Morgause's magic lit the ring and it produced a high column of orange smoke (The Castle of Fyrien).The potion Morgana poured in Gwen's wine had the effect of a guiding light: when Morgause chanted a spell ("Beo þu leohte bewunden"), the path that the maid had followed was illuminated. After a certain time the potion began to lose its power and Morgause, who had followed Gwen with her men, had to chant another spell ("Scin scire") to reveal Gwen's way (The Coming of Arthur: Part Two).
Another spell used by Merlin to conjure a sphere of light on his hand was "Leoht" ("Light"). The young warlock cast it when he was in Drea's village, looking in the dark for the cause of the inhabitants' death. The sphere disappeared when the Dorocha approached, for Merlin could not use his magic near them (The Darkest Hour: Part One).
The Vilia, spirits of the brooks and streams, were also able to create a big sphere of magical light that surrounded the lake they were in to protect Merlin and Sir Lancelot from the Dorocha (The Darkest Hour: Part Two).
Spell of obscuringEdit
Magic can also be used to negate light, or to take it away. The Euchdag cast a spell on Sir Gwaine ("Sceadu hine wreoþ") to obscure his surroundings, while he was still unconscious, hiding him from the Saxons that were forcing many men to work in the mines beneath the Fortress of Ismere (Arthur's Bane: Part Two).