After Sir Tor finds the brachet in the Quest of the White Hart and heads
back toward Camelot, he is overtaken by the knight Abelleus
who claims that the brachet is his. Abelleus is well armed and horsed;
but even so, Tor refuses to give him the hart and the two knights battle. They
fight until they are exhausted, but Tor redoubles his effort and overcomes
his opponent. Abelleus
refuses to yield unless Tor returns the brachet which Tor can not do. Tor is on the
verge of taking both the hart and Abelleus back to Camelot when a damosel arrives and
beseeches Tor for a gift. When Tor agrees, she requests Abelleus' head as he
is a false knight. In an adventure of arms, Abelleus overcame her brother, but refused to
show mercy even when the knight yielded. The damosel even kneeled in the mud beseeching
his mercy, but Abelleus killed her brother before her eyes.
for his life, Abelleus yields now unconditionally, but Tor is indecisive as to how he must act.
Tor takes off Abelleus' helm and the knight flees. Tor pursues
and beheads him. Perhaps he should have waited to see if Tor was a true
knight of the legends, but people generally see in others what lies in
their own heart.