King of the Fairies, whose wife was Titania. Shakespeare
introduces both O'beron and Titania, in his Midsummer Night's Dream.
(Auberon, anciently Alberon, German Alberich, king of
O'beron the Fay.
A humpty dwarf only three feet high, but of angelic face, lord and
king of Mommur. He told Sir Huon his pedigree, which certainly is very
romantic. The lady of the Hidden Isle (Cephalonia) married Neptanebus,
King of Egypt, by whom she had a son called Alexander the Great. Seven
hundred years later Julius Caesar, on his way to Thessaly, stopped in
Cephalonia, and the same lady, falling in love with him, had in time
another son, and that son was Oberon. At his birth the fairies bestowed
their gifts—one was insight into men's thoughts, and another was the
power of transporting himself to any place instantaneously. He became a
friend to Huon (q.v.), whom he made his successor in the kingdom
of Mommur. In the fulness of time, falling asleep in death, legions of
angels conveyed his soul to Paradise. (Huon de Bordeaux, a romance.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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