King Pellinore is one of the first knights Wart meets as a child. He is a bumbling idiot, but good-hearted, whose life purpose is to chase the Questing Beast. However, in Book II, Pellinore falls in love with the Queen of Flanders' daughter and abandons his quest. King Pellinore is Sir Percival's father—one of the knights to find the Holy Grail.
King Pellinore Quotes in The Once and Future King
The The Once and Future King quotes below are all either spoken by King Pellinore or refer to King Pellinore. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ace Books edition of The Once and Future King published in 1987.).
Book 1, Chapter 2 Quotes
Before the clink there were just the beeches, but immediately afterward there was a knight in full armor, standing still and silent and unearthly, among the majestic trunks…All was moonlit, all silver, too beautiful to describe.
King Pellinore Character Timeline in The Once and Future King
The timeline below shows where the character King Pellinore appears in The Once and Future King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 2
Book 1, Chapter 7
Wart finds himself deep in the Forest Sauvage with Merlyn at his side. King Pellinore emerges out of the gloom, shortly followed by Sir Grummore Grummerson wearing proper tilting garb... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 15
...has come to dinner in the hall. There is dancing and eating, and even King Pellinore and William Twyti (the King's Huntsman) sing. Finally, Sir Ector winds up the whole proceedings... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 16
...job. The whole castle shivers with excitement; boar-hunting is dangerous and unpredictable. Wart and King Pellinore can barely eat, while Sir Ector and Sir Grummore eat with gusto—Kay misses breakfast all... (full context)
...The foot-people soon gather and a small barrel of wine is provided. However, suddenly King Pellinore appears frantically, exclaiming the most horrible thing has happened. The gathering moves off after him... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 17
Book 1, Chapter 22
Book 2, Chapter 5
...see a magic barge on the water. Inside of the barge are three seasick knights—King Pellinore bursts into tears after being reprimanded by Sir Grummore. Upon landing, the knights hop out—the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 7
Book 2, Chapter 9
Sir Grummore and Sir Palomides button themselves into the costume. Meanwhile, King Pellinore stands under the dripping cliff in full armor, thinking about the Queen of Flanders' daughter,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 11
Book 2, Chapter 13
Book 2, Chapter 14
...is excited to see his old friends again and quickly arranges a wedding for King Pellinore. No trouble is spared—there are flowers, bells, and feasts. Meanwhile, far away Merlyn jumps up... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 1
Book 3, Chapter 26
Book 3, Chapter 30