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Origin of the name SHALOTT.
Etymology of the name SHALOTT.
Meaning of the baby name SHALOTT.


SHALOTT.  Arthurian.  The Lady of Shallot, probably Elaine of Morte d'Arthur.  It is the same as Astolat (q.v.), probably meaning "shallot (the onion)," or "Alclut," the name of the rock of Dumbarton.

    The Lady of Shalott.  [First published in 1832, and much altered in 1842.—ed.]  Taken from an Italian novelette, Donna di Scalotta.  Shalott and Astolat are the same words.  The Lady of Shalott is evidently the Elaine of the Morte d'Arthur, but I do not think that I had ever heard of the latter when I wrote the former.  Shalott was a softer sound than "Scalott."  Stalott would have been nearer Astolat.
    Camelot (unlike the Camelot of the Celtic legends) is on the sea in the Italian story.
    [The key to this tale of magic symbolism is of deep human significance and is to be found in the lines:

Or when the moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed;
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.
(Works of Tennyson, 1919)


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