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Albion is the oldest known name of Great Britain, the location where Camelot is said to have been located. King Arthur being the Once and Future King is a common part of the preexisting mythology1. So, when Great Britain most needs him, King Arthur will return. That is why, in the very last scene, 1That phrasing made popular by T. H. White's novel The ...


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Wizards are people who have studied magic, without the inborn ability. Gaius is a wizard. Merlin will eventually earn this name as well, since he's now studying magic. Warlocks are gifted with magic through an external source. It can arrive at birth, or be gained through a deal with some powerful entity. Merlin was able to instinctively use magic at ...


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It is very likely he actually went back or at least had contact with someone in Camelot, as by the next scene the following is stated (Gwen's coronation, transcript from wikia): LEON: The King is dead. [Gaius and Gwen share a glance. Gwen looks back at Leon.] LEON: Long live the Queen! While enough people knew Arthur was in a bad shape after the ...


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Morgana learns of Merlin being the mage only in the 3rd to last episode (Season 5, Episode 11, The Drawing of the Dark). Mordred tells her at the end of that episode who Emrys is (aka Merlin). Morgana and Arthur never meet up again after that (or rather, when they meet, Arthur has learned already that Merlin uses magic) edit: finally got rid of my typo


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There's a couple reasons: Merlin has not yet learned any of the healing spells in that episode. Healing magic is difficult, and Merlin is not particularly skilled in that area. I believe it was hinted at in a couple episodes that he has to envision all the pieces of the anatomy that he has to repair - blood vessels, muscles, and so on. "Fatigue" cannot be ...


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You might be mixing up Emrys and Merlin? Morganna knew that Emrys was a powerful Warlock and wanted him dead, although she was afraid to tangle with him directly. She did not know that Merlin was Emrys until it was too late for the information to have any effect.


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Mordred has known all along, going back to his very first appearance in season 1; in that episode: He comes to Camelot and meets Merlin He realizes that Merlin is "Emrys", a figure in the lore of his people (the druids): Mordred* [telepathically] Thank you, Emrys. Merlin: [telepathically] Emrys? Why do you call me that? Mordred [telepathically] ...


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There's some interesting info about the history of salt used in superstitions here The concept of superstitious protection from spirits probably comes from a general understanding of the concept of salt as a preserver of tissues after death. Wiccanism (and spell-casting in general) certainly has its roots in older pre-christian traditions but it's worth ...


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There's no specific mention of what the new religion is (indeed I'm not certain there is any specific mention of it at all), and the show is notably devoid of specific Christian iconography usually present in Arthurian legend. The "Cup of Life" is quite obviously analogous to the Holy Grail, but in Merlin it is a Pagan object, not a Christian one. Similarly,...


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Looks like it's the very last episode, season 5 episode 13: (I searched Google for BBC Merlin reveal powers and this video was the second hit.)


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Etymologically speaking, the word warlock has negative connotations, particularly among neo-pagans. It appears to originate as a middle English term for "oath breaker". While the innate vs learned divide others have mentioned may also apply in the TV series (I suspect it may have its origins in Dungeons and Dragons, but that doesn't mean that wasn't the ...


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They do Several other magicians use teleportation magic, as indicated on the Merlin wiki. Morgause definitely used this spell to escape from Camelot in “The Fires of Idirsholas.” This is particularly notable, because it uses a very similar animation (i.e. whirlwind) to what Mary Collins does in the first episode, indicating that it is likely intended to ...


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From the very last scene when he first appears in 1x08, "The Beginning of the End": Adult Druid: "We are forever indebted to you, Arthur Pendragon, for returning the boy to us." Arthur: "You must not let it be known that it was I who brought him to you." Adult Druid: "We will tell no one. You have my word." (Starts to walk away) ...


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I believe not, and would like to think that being a Warlock/Wizard is different from being a Dragon Lord. When Merlins father is first mentioned, he is referred to as a Dragon Lord. Not a Sorcerer or Wizard or Warlock, but specifically a Dragon Lord. This leads me to believe that just like Gaius, Dragon Lords cannot natively use magic, but instead must ...


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I'd suggest that pen and paper roleplaying games, mainly Dungeons and Dragons, stereotyped the idea of a spellcaster as a "wizard" as opposed to any other term in fantasy settings. As far as the series "Merlin" is concerned, there is no difference between Warlock, Sorcerer, Mage or Wizard. (as is the case outside of roleplaying games).


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I'm not an expert, so I might be wrong. I think that The Old Religion is more than just spels and magic. It's also about balance, connecting with nature and belief in the old gods. Balinor said, that it's an old prayer - I think he was telling the truth. Merlin got his magic from Balinor, and in all the episodes that i saw, his healing magic doesn't work. ...


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In the third episode of season 1, when Nimueh poisons the water, Merlin uses magic and she sees. She says that she won't tell, and asks if she can talk about it with him sometimes. He agrees, delighted.


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It is because Morgana underestimate two things: Merlin himself and his relationship with Arthur. She is born and raised a noble woman. Morgana as shown previously on the serie that she does not really consider the servants on the long term. With Gwen for example: one day she wants to save her, the next kill her, and then she doesn't care anymore. Uther shows ...


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Uther knows Gaius has studied and can do magic but he believes that Gaius came to realize magic was evil back when it was outlawed. It's not against the law to know magic if you learned before it was outlawed. As long as you have "realized the error of your ways" so to speak. It is just illegal to study or practice magic currently. And to be magic, like ...


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