History Literature / TheMerlinTrilogy

6th Dec '16 9:51:56 PM MercutioDreams
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* FamousAncestor: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus_Maximus Magnus Maximus]], or Macsen Wledig to the British (pronounced Mak-sen Wahl-uh-dig), the ancestor of Merlin, Arthur and their kin from a century before and progenitor of their royal line. According to local legend, he was a Roman emperor who one day had a dream of a mysterious island to the west, where he saw a castle full of riches and a beautiful maiden. Upon waking, he immediately decided to find this land, and eventually found his way to Britain, where everything was just as he had dreamed it, including the maiden Elen, who he made his Empress, and he remained there as ruler. When Rome installed a new emperor in his absence, he raised an army of Britons and marched on Rome and conquered it, and ruled there forever after, while his heirs would continue to rule back in Britain. The factual account, according to Merlin, is that [[spoiler: Maximus was a Roman commander in Britain who helped defend it from Saxon invaders, ushering in a time of peace. He was beloved by the islandís people, and even declared Emperor by his troops. He would have remained there, but his old generalís murder drove him to march on Rome, where he was defeated, and later executed. With Maximus dead, the brief peace in Britain was over, and there was no one to protect it from the invaders when they returned. It is to bring about a new time of peace and security in the person of Arthur that Merlin spends his life working for.]]

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* FamousAncestor: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus_Maximus Magnus Maximus]], or Macsen Wledig to the British (pronounced Mak-sen Wahl-uh-dig), Oo-leh-dig), the ancestor of Merlin, Arthur and their kin from a century before and progenitor of their royal line. According to local legend, he was a Roman emperor who one day had a dream of a mysterious island to the west, where he saw a castle full of riches and a beautiful maiden. Upon waking, he immediately decided to find this land, and eventually found his way to Britain, where everything was just as he had dreamed it, including the maiden Elen, who he made his Empress, and he remained there as ruler. When Rome installed a new emperor in his absence, he raised an army of Britons and marched on Rome and conquered it, and ruled there forever after, while his heirs would continue to rule back in Britain. The factual account, according to Merlin, is that [[spoiler: Maximus was a Roman commander in Britain who helped defend it from Saxon invaders, ushering in a time of peace. He was beloved by the islandís people, and even declared Emperor by his troops. He would have remained there, but his old generalís murder drove him to march on Rome, where he was defeated, and later executed. With Maximus dead, the brief peace in Britain was over, and there was no one to protect it from the invaders when they returned. It is to bring about a new time of peace and security in the person of Arthur that Merlin spends his life working for.]]
28th Oct '16 3:26:33 PM dlchen145
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* WarriorPoet: Bedwyr is simultaneously described as having "a poet's eyes," and also, in ''The Wicked Day,'' as "veteran of a thousand combats." [[BadAss It shows.]]

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* WarriorPoet: Bedwyr is simultaneously described as having "a poet's eyes," and also, in ''The Wicked Day,'' as "veteran of a thousand combats." [[BadAss It shows.]]
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.
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