As such, it is neither good nor bad, but simply a force that exists and may be used however the user sees fit.
The powerful wizard is depicted with many magical powers, including the power of shapeshifting and is well-known in mythology as a tutor and mentor to the legendary King Arthur, ultimately guiding him towards becoming the king of Camelot.
It took many decades of adaptations before Merlin became the wizard of Arthurian legend he is known as today. While Merlin the Wizard was a very prominent character in the stories of Camelot, that is not where he originated. While a large portion of Historia Regum Britanniae is a historical account of the former kings of Britain, Merlin was included as a fictional character although it is likely that Geoffrey intended for readers to believe he was a figure extracted from long-lost ancient texts.
Merlin was paradoxical, as he was both the son of the devil and the servant of God. Merlin was created as a combination of several historical and legendary figures.
In Historia Brittonum, British king Vortigern wished to erect a tower, but each time he tried it would collapse before completion. He was told that to prevent this, he would have to first sprinkle the ground beneath the tower with the blood of a child who was born without a father.
Ambrosius was thought to have been born without a father, so he was brought before Vortigern. Ambrosius explains to Vortigern that the tower could not be supported upon the foundation because two battling dragons lived beneath, representing the Saxons and the Britons.
Ambrosius convinced Vortigern that the tower will only stand with Ambrosius as a leader, and Vortigern gave Ambrosius the tower, which is also the kingdom. Geoffrey retells this story with Merlin as the child born without a father, although he retains the character of Ambrosius.
Illumination of a 15th century manuscript of Historia Regum Britanniae showing king of the Britons Vortigern and Ambros waching the fight between two dragons.
Geoffrey does not include any stories of Merlin acting as a tutor to Arthur, which is how Merlin is most well-known today. A giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. Over the years, Merlin was interspersed through the tales of Arthurian legend.
Merlin falls in love with Niviane. However, Niviane fears Merlin will use his magical powers to take advantage of her. She swears that she will never fall in love with him, unless he teaches her all of the magic he knows.
Merlin and Niviane depart to return to Northumberland, when they are called back to assist King Arthur. As they are returning, they stop to stay in a stone chamber, where two lovers once died and were buried together.
When Merlin falls asleep, Niviane places him under a spell, and traps him within the stone tomb, where he dies. Merlin had never realized that his desire for Niviane, and his willingness to teach her his magical ways, would eventually lead to his untimely death. Today, Merlin is most well-known for being the wizard who tutored and taught the young Arthur, before he grew to become the King of Camelot.
While this legend continues on today, it is interesting to see the many variations of Merlin, from an evil wizard, to a shapeshifter, to one who met his downfall from teaching his powers to the woman he loved.The druids played an integral role in the religion of the Celts.
Many Classical writers mention the druids, but Caesar provides the fullest account of the druids. According to Caesar’s comments, there were essentially two prominent classes of people within Celtic society: the druids and the knights (Cunliffe ). Merlin's adventures include saving Gwen from execution for witchcraft, saving Arthur from becoming a human sacrifice to the Sidhe,rescuing a druid boy named Mordred with Morgana's help, and forging the sword Excalibur.
Towards the end of the series, Merlin plays a vital role as offers his own life in place for Arthur's to the sorceress Nimueh. Magic, or sorcery, is a powerful force in the land of Albion and is limitless in potential.
Embed directly, magic is the ability to affect and change the world around the user. Similar to any power, its morality is reliant on that of the user - just as there are those who use it . Merlin advises her to seek out the Druids for help and advice, and Morgana eventually finds her way to a Druid camp where she is reunited with Mordred.
Merlin later arrives, saying Uther believes she has been kidnapped and is going to execute everyone in Camelot who is under suspicion unless she is returned.
Fiction featuring Merlin.
Shadow Magic, the player takes the role of Merlin, a powerful wizard. In Curses, Merlin is an important figure in the story's history. In Fate/Grand Order, able to consort with the angelic powers because he came from a time when sorcery was not yet a corrupt art.
Geoffrey does not include any stories of Merlin acting as a tutor to Arthur, which is how Merlin is most well-known today. Geoffery’s character of Merlin quickly became popular, particularly in Wales, and from there the tales were adapted, eventually leading to Merlin’s role as Arthur’s tutor.