Questions tagged [merlin]

Merlin is a legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in the Arthurian legend. The standard depiction of the character first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written c. 1136, and is based on an amalgamation of previous historical and legendary figures. He is most recently popularly depicted in the 2008-2012 UK TV series, 'Merlin'.

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Why did Morgana turn evil?

She was kind and loved all this in Camelot. I understand Morgause manipulates her, but when Morgause died, she could have gone back to Camelot and lived a life in the royal palace with Arthur, Gwen ...
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Are there any paintings or portraits of Merlin in Hogwarts? If not, why?

Why are there no portraits of Merlin at Hogwarts? (Please note, I am referring to the Merlin from the Harry Potter series, who was alive around the 12th-16th centuries, not the Merlin of King Arthur's ...
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Is Merlyn’s experience of time ever developed in T. H. White’s stories?

Ever since I’ve encountered XKCD 270, over a decade ago, I’ve been fascinated by the idea of T. H. White’s Merlyn. I’ve now started reading The Once and Future King, and it occurred to me that Merlyn’...
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Was the similarity of the reversed timelines for Merlyn and River Song ever acknowledged?

According to the Doctor Who story "Battlefield," the Doctor was Merlin in a parallel dimension. One of the more famous features found in many modern versions of the Merlin character is that he lives ...
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Did Merlin's father Balinor use magic to save Prince Arthur?

In the last episode of Merlin (fandom), Balinor, The Last Dragonlord, saves Arthur with a medication, then chants something. He later tells Merlin that it is of 'The Old Religion'. Why did Balinor's ...
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The Doctor as Merlin: further references?

In the Seventh Doctor story "Battlefield", a medieval knight "recognises" him as "Merlin", demonstrating that knowledge by referring to "the ship that flies through time and space, that is bigger ...
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How does Mordred know that Merlin is Emrys?

In the end of episode 5x11 "The Drawing of the Dark", Mordred reveals Morgana that Emrys, whom she has been searching for long, lives in Camelot and is, in fact, our hero Merlin. My question is: how ...
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Story involving a young Merlin

I'm looking for a book series I read in middle school about a younger Merlin (I believe he may have been referred to as Emrys through the majority of the series though). It started in an unnamed ...
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After this character's death, why does Merlin not return to Camelot?

In the show finale, after death, why does Merlin not return to Camelot? Why does he instead choose to hang out in the same area for the next 400 or so years??
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Fantasy TV Show from the 80s i saw on Public Television when a kid

I really vaguely remember this television program with this actor that had striking blue eyes kinda looked like Ramsey Snow from game of thrones. The show was about a boy whom was sent back in time ...
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In the BBC Merlin finale, when he loses this does he also lose this?

Massive Spoiler Alert: (kinda) In the next-to-last episode of the BBC Show Merlin, When this happens, does he also lose his ability to speak with dragons? If not, then why didn't he have the dragon ...
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Why didn't Morgana reveal that Merlin was a warlock to Arthur?

Many times Morgana tried to kill Arthur and Merlin, and each time she failed. Why didn't she simply reveal that Merlin was a warlock in order to fracture the long-term friendship between Arthur and ...
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What elements of Arthurian Legend are adopted in Harry Potter?

We know for a fact that Merlin (in the potterverse) was in Slytherin house and did indeed live during King Arthur's Court whilst also pertaining to the same enemy named Morgana. (source) What other ...
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Merlin's Wisdom and proverbs [duplicate]

Many years ago I saw a Merlin's movie where he used a proverb something like this: Is not the sword who makes the knight!!! ( this is not the correct sentence, but similar). Could someone tell the ...
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In DC the New 52 are Adam One and Merlin the same person?

In issue number 2 of Stormwatch we learn that at the creation of the universe a powerful being named Adam One with the form of a very old white human male who is apparently British was created and ...
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In Harry Potter, Who is Merlin?

In Harry Potter, who is Merlin and what is his role in wizarding history? His contribution to the wizarding history is apparently known from the fact that some special honors are named after him, ...