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In the Arthurian legends Merlin is a both a druidic figure of great power wielding a shamanistic magic of the land and a civilised Romano Briton. His names include Merlin / Myrddyn / Merlinus / Merlin Emrys ( Ambrosius).

As Merlin he is the teacher of Arthur, religious leader of the people, as Ambrosius he is the High King, martial leader of the people. Arthur is the heir to both, natural son of neither.

In the Welsh triads Merlin is the guardian of the Thirteen Royal Treasures of the Isle of Britain and takes them to the glass tower for safe keeping. In early welsh poetry Merlin (Myrrdin) is repeatedly linked with apples and apple-trees. Merlin sleeps in or under an apple tree in the Caledon forest.

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth in his History of the Kings of Britain, Merlin was involved in the construction of Stonehenge. (Download The History of the kings of Britain in .pdf format) Geoffrey of Monmouth also wrote  The Vita Merlini (Life of Merlin). (Download The Life of Merlin in .pdf format)

Merlin's magical manipulation of Uther Pendragon and Ygerne lead directly to the conception of Arthur. He is responsible for the raising the young king in secret. When Arthur is grown Merlin publicly gifts him with the Sword in the Stone, symbol of the rightful king.

Merlin and The Sword in the Stone
Merlin and The Sword in the Stone

 

After the marriage of Arthur and Guinevere, Merlin fell in love with the sorceress Nimue, (Vivien), who steals his powers and  imprisons him forever in an enchanted sea cave below the headland of Tintagel in Cornwall. ( Tennyson attributes Vivian with the deed and imprisoning Merlin in a Tree )

Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall


 
Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall Large Poster Merlin and the Sword in the Stone Poster
 
Merlin's Cave, Tintagel, Cornwall Large Poster
Merlin and the Sword in the Stone Poster
MERLIN, his name means FALCON. When Merlin was born to the beautiful Lady of the Lake, the great druid Hafgan, from whom Merlin was to learn all his magic, announced the birth of "The Great Lord of Light". His grandfather taught him to be a great warrior and tireless defender of the Empire. He became Merlin the warrior druid, loyal counselor to Uther, supreme ruler of Britain. On the death of King Uther, without any legitimate heir, Merlin drove his sword Excalibur into a solid rock and gave his people a message: "You look for a sign. Who pulls this sword from the rock will be the true King of all England". Merlin then became tutor to Uther's bastard son Arthur, teaching him all the wiles of a good sovereign and keeping him hidden until the time came to unsheath Excalibur from its rock and claim his title as King of England. Once peace and harmony ruled in Britain, Merlin withdrew to his own abode. "Now you can continue to rule without my advice, go on ruling fairly and the future will speak of you". The fantasy Merlin the Magician Sword by Marto of Toledo Spain has a very particular shaped tempered steel blade ornated on the upper part with a metal plaque depicting the wizard's head on a wyrm body. The Silver plated cast metal hilt is ornated with many symbolic figures in relief and surmounted by a very smooth metal sphere.
Merlin the Magician Dagger by Marto of Toledo Spain
Merlin the Magician Sword by Marto of Toledo Spain
Merlin The Magician Staff by Marto of Toledo Spain
 
   
 

Merlin and Vivien

Merlin and Vivien - part6 of The Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson Merlin and Vivien - part6 of The Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson Merlin and Vivien - part6 of The Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

"Then crying 'I have made his glory mine,

And shrieking out 'O fool!' the harlot leapt 

Adown the forest, and the thicket closed 

Behind her, and the forest echoed 'fool."

Tennyson, the Idylls of the King

Emily's Shadow by Christina St. Clair
Emily's Shadow by Christina St. Clair Merlin is tricked by Vivienne, whom he wants to seduce. She slides a magic ring upon his finger and manages to gain power over him entombing him under a large rock. In my story, Merlin retaliates with a spell upon her, casting her beneath a fisherman's cottage where she languished for centuries, until Emily Nobile arrived with her family at the end of WW II.

 

 

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Tennyson - Merlin and Vivien

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