chapter  XXIII
Sir Perceval and Sir Gallahad in the Mystic Barque
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Moreover, unlike the other knights, who go on foot, he is constantly described as journeying in a boat, whose mystical nature is again and again indicated. Perhaps its similarity to the Solar Barque,1 and therefore to the Hung boat, is most closely shown in that section which describes how King Arthur, just before dawn, sees a mysterious boat come rushing towards his Palace. Great stress is laid on the fact that it has a light and therein are only two persons, Sir Perceval and a venerable helmsman, who immediately brings to mind the Captain of the Hung Boat. Among his numerous adven­ tures is the capture of the Castle of King Hermit, which we have already seen represents the City of Dis wherein reigns Satan, while the Bridge which Gawain crossed to the Castle of King Fisherman, and which we saw represented the Rainbow Bridge or the two-plank bridge of the Hung ritual, has been m ulti­ plied into nine bridges, over each of which he has to fight his way.