History Literature / TheMerlinTrilogy

3rd Jul '16 1:20:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Galapas is this for Merlin, and Merlin is later this, coupled with a bit of [[EccentricMentor Eccentric Mentor]] for Arthur.
12th Oct '15 1:08:46 PM FF32
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The series, as you might guess from the collective title, tells the Myth/ArthurianLegend from Myth/{{Merlin}}'s (and later Mordred's) point of view, from Merlin's early childhood to the Battle of Camlann. It takes a {{Demythtification}} approach (except for Merlin's visions and ability to light fires without a flint, which appear to be real).

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The series, as you might guess from the collective title, tells the Myth/ArthurianLegend Myth/KingArthur from Myth/{{Merlin}}'s (and later Mordred's) point of view, from Merlin's early childhood to the Battle of Camlann. It takes a {{Demythtification}} approach (except for Merlin's visions and ability to light fires without a flint, which appear to be real).
10th Sep '15 12:38:26 PM roxana
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* YouCantFightFate: Invoked in ''The Wicked Day'' by Nimue to Mordred, telling him that despite any effort to the contrary, the will of the gods cannot be changed, and his mere existence will someday bring about Arthur's downfall.

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* YouCantFightFate: Invoked in ''The Wicked Day'' by Nimue to Mordred, telling him that despite any effort to the contrary, the will of the gods cannot be changed, and his mere existence will someday bring about Arthur's downfall. She advises him to try to forget about it and 'Live what life brings, die what death comes.'
24th Jul '15 12:35:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The Merlin and Mordred books retell the Arthurian legend based on many sources, using the version in ''[[HistoriaRegumBritanniae The History of the Kings of Britain]]'' as a loose guide. The Pilgrim novel retells an episode in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' in particular.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The Merlin and Mordred books retell the Arthurian legend based on many sources, using the version in ''[[HistoriaRegumBritanniae ''[[Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae The History of the Kings of Britain]]'' as a loose guide. The Pilgrim novel retells an episode in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' in particular.
18th Apr '15 4:47:01 AM jormis29
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The series, as you might guess from the collective title, tells the [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]] from {{Merlin}}'s (and later Mordred's) point of view, from Merlin's early childhood to the Battle of Camlann. It takes a {{Demythtification}} approach (except for Merlin's visions and ability to light fires without a flint, which appear to be real).

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The series, as you might guess from the collective title, tells the [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]] Myth/ArthurianLegend from {{Merlin}}'s Myth/{{Merlin}}'s (and later Mordred's) point of view, from Merlin's early childhood to the Battle of Camlann. It takes a {{Demythtification}} approach (except for Merlin's visions and ability to light fires without a flint, which appear to be real).
21st Dec '14 10:45:07 PM fusilcontrafusil
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* WorthyOpponent: Cerdic, king of the West Saxons, to Arthur.
16th Mar '14 5:26:09 PM Aiguille
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* RenaissanceMan: Merlin, full stop. Educated in multiple languages, medicine, music, engineering, and politics, it's no wonder that the masses, in this country on the brink of [[DarkAges the early Middle Ages,]] [[DeMythification confuse this for powerful sorcery]] (although he does have the Sight).

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* RenaissanceMan: Merlin, full stop. Educated in multiple languages, medicine, music, engineering, and politics, it's no wonder that the masses, in this country on the brink of [[DarkAges [[DarkAgeEurope the early Middle Ages,]] [[DeMythification confuse this for powerful sorcery]] (although he does have the Sight).
12th Jan '14 9:28:33 PM PaulA
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* [[ExCalibur Excalibur:]] Named Caliburn in this series, it is the sword of Maximus that he used during his reign, brought back from Rome by his men after his death. The common legend in this story is that it was forged by the legendary smith Weland, before fading away with the rest of the old gods. Much of ''The Hollow Hills'' revolves around Merlin attempting to locate it to secure Arthur's accession, and Arthur's drawing it in the sight of all men.

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* [[ExCalibur Excalibur:]] {{Excalibur}}: Named Caliburn in this series, it is the sword of Maximus that he used during his reign, brought back from Rome by his men after his death. The common legend in this story is that it was forged by the legendary smith Weland, before fading away with the rest of the old gods. Much of ''The Hollow Hills'' revolves around Merlin attempting to locate it to secure Arthur's accession, and Arthur's drawing it in the sight of all men.



* [[spoiler:FauxDeath: Merlin, poisoned years earlier by Morgause, suffers a particularly severe bout of the illness it left him and falls into a long coma which everyone mistakes for death; Arthur has his beloved mentor entombed in his cave at Bryn Myrddin ("Merlin's Hill"). Except of course, he's not actually dead, and has now been buried alive. If Stilicho had not shown up, though, he no doubt would have.]]
* [[FollowTheWhiteRabbit Follow the White Deer:]] One day, a young Arthur spots a [[TheMarvelousDeer white deer]] while on the hunt. Following it leads him to the nearby lake where Merlin is, who tells him the animal fled to the island in the middle of the lake, Caer Bannog, which, popular superstition says, is home to a dwarf king of the Otherworld. Arthur follows it, feeling some touch of destiny in the air, and discovers [[ExCalibur Caliburn]] where Merlin placed it for him years earlier.

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* [[spoiler:FauxDeath: Merlin, FauxDeath: [[spoiler:Merlin, poisoned years earlier by Morgause, suffers a particularly severe bout of the illness it left him and falls into a long coma which everyone mistakes for death; Arthur has his beloved mentor entombed in his cave at Bryn Myrddin ("Merlin's Hill"). Except of course, he's not actually dead, and has now been buried alive. If Stilicho had not shown up, though, he no doubt would have.]]
* [[FollowTheWhiteRabbit Follow the White Deer:]] FollowTheWhiteRabbit: One day, a young Arthur spots a [[TheMarvelousDeer white deer]] while on the hunt. Following it leads him to the nearby lake where Merlin is, who tells him the animal fled to the island in the middle of the lake, Caer Bannog, which, popular superstition says, is home to a dwarf king of the Otherworld. Arthur follows it, feeling some touch of destiny in the air, and discovers [[ExCalibur [[{{Excalibur}} Caliburn]] where Merlin placed it for him years earlier.



* SuccessionCrisis: One looms over King Uther's succession in ''The Hollow Hills,'' as far as the rest of the country is concerned: though he grows older and worse in health, he does not declare an heir or bring forth the rumored hidden prince, leaving the kingdom's succession in question as ambitious petty kings like Lot make plans for power. Even after Arthur is finally presented, it is not until he lifts [[ExCalibur Caliburn]] that the succession is firmly resolved.

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* SuccessionCrisis: One looms over King Uther's succession in ''The Hollow Hills,'' as far as the rest of the country is concerned: though he grows older and worse in health, he does not declare an heir or bring forth the rumored hidden prince, leaving the kingdom's succession in question as ambitious petty kings like Lot make plans for power. Even after Arthur is finally presented, it is not until he lifts [[ExCalibur [[{{Excalibur}} Caliburn]] that the succession is firmly resolved.
30th Jun '13 9:20:44 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The Merlin and Mordred books retell the Arthurian legend based on many sources, using the version in ''TheHistoryOfTheKingsOfBritain'' as a loose guide. The Pilgrim novel retells an episode in ''LeMorteDarthur'' in particular.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The Merlin and Mordred books retell the Arthurian legend based on many sources, using the version in ''TheHistoryOfTheKingsOfBritain'' ''[[HistoriaRegumBritanniae The History of the Kings of Britain]]'' as a loose guide. The Pilgrim novel retells an episode in ''LeMorteDarthur'' ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' in particular.
30th Jun '13 9:17:52 AM fusilcontrafusil
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The series, as you might guess from the collective title, tells the Arthurian legend from Merlin's (and later Mordred's) point of view, from Merlin's early childhood to the Battle of Camlann. It takes a {{Demythtification}} approach (except for Merlin's visions and ability to light fires without a flint, which appear to be real).

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The series, as you might guess from the collective title, tells the [[KingArthur Arthurian legend legend]] from Merlin's {{Merlin}}'s (and later Mordred's) point of view, from Merlin's early childhood to the Battle of Camlann. It takes a {{Demythtification}} approach (except for Merlin's visions and ability to light fires without a flint, which appear to be real).



* CompositeCharacter: Lancelot is combined with the older character Bedivere, known as Bedwyr in the series.



* TheHighQueen: Ygraine. Even before she is made the actual Queen, her bearing and her attitude are decidedly regal (King's daughter that she is). For instance, despite her passionate desire for Uther, she prevents herself from acting upon it while still married to the Duke of Cornwall, knowing that it could plunge Britain back into the darkness of war from which it had just emerged. It is this level headed sense and composure, in fact, that make her the only woman Merlin feels he can talk to [[ValuesDissonance as he would another man,]] rationally and without choosing words.

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* TheHighQueen: Ygraine. Even before she is made the actual Queen, her bearing and her attitude are decidedly regal (King's daughter that she is). For instance, despite her passionate desire for Uther, she prevents herself from acting upon it while still married to the Duke of Cornwall, knowing that it could plunge Britain back into the darkness of war from which it had just emerged. It is this level headed sense and composure, in fact, that make her the only woman Merlin feels he can talk to [[ValuesDissonance as he would another man,]] rationally and without choosing words.]]
* HistoricalFantasy: Though it's close to being just HistoricalFiction because of the {{Demythtification}} angle.


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* PragmaticAdaptation: The Merlin and Mordred books retell the Arthurian legend based on many sources, using the version in ''TheHistoryOfTheKingsOfBritain'' as a loose guide. The Pilgrim novel retells an episode in ''LeMorteDarthur'' in particular.
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