Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Armida

A sorceress in Jerusalem Delivered (1581) by Torquato Tasso (1544-1595), a Taproot Text of some importance for its influence on Edmund Spenser and others. She enchants Rinaldo into Sex with her, but when he comes to his senses she – loathing the separation – sets her palace afire and is slain in combat. At least 15 Operas of interest feature her. [JC]

see also: Queen of Air and Darkness.

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.