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4th Feb '16 5:57:00 PM PaulA
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''The Once and Future King'' is a retelling by T. H. White of the story of KingArthur. It is considered one of the best retellings of Arthurian legend. It was originally published as separate books from 1938 to 1941 and collected in one volume in 1958. The 1958 version contains:

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''The Once and Future King'' is a retelling by T. H. White of the story of KingArthur.Myth/KingArthur. It is considered one of the best retellings of Arthurian legend. It was originally published as separate books from 1938 to 1941 and collected in one volume in 1958. The 1958 version contains:
4th Feb '16 11:16:11 AM eroock
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* CallOfTheWildBlueYonder: In the first part Arthur expresses to Merlin a wish to fly, so Merlin turns him into a bird of prey (a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin_(bird) merlin]], naturally), and puts him in with the castle's hunting falcons.
4th Feb '16 11:15:36 AM eroock
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'''''The Once and Future King''''' is a retelling by T. H. White of the story of KingArthur. It is considered one of the best retellings of Arthurian legend. It was originally published as separate books from 1938 to 1941 and collected in one volume in 1958. The 1958 version contains:

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'''''The ''The Once and Future King''''' King'' is a retelling by T. H. White of the story of KingArthur. It is considered one of the best retellings of Arthurian legend. It was originally published as separate books from 1938 to 1941 and collected in one volume in 1958. The 1958 version contains:
24th Jan '16 1:45:46 AM PaulA
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* KidHeroAllGrownUp: The first book begins with Arthur's childhood in the first book, and the second and third books tell of the rest of his life.
23rd Jan '16 2:48:06 PM DrGaellon
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* KidHeroAllGrownUp: The first book begins with Author's childhood in the first book, and the second and third books tell of the rest of his life.

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* KidHeroAllGrownUp: The first book begins with Author's Arthur's childhood in the first book, and the second and third books tell of the rest of his life.
18th Apr '15 2:50:15 AM jormis29
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# ''The Sword in the Stone'', covering Arthur's childhood, the lessons he was taught by {{Merl|in}}yn (in which he transforms him into animals in order to give him a different perspective on the world), how he was discovered and crowned King of England.

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# ''The Sword in the Stone'', covering Arthur's childhood, the lessons he was taught by {{Merl|in}}yn Myth/{{Merl|in}}yn (in which he transforms him into animals in order to give him a different perspective on the world), how he was discovered and crowned King of England.
1st Feb '15 6:20:03 PM PaulA
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''The Sword in the Stone'' was loosely adapted into a [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Disney film of the same name]]. The musical ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' is based on ''The Ill-Made Knight'' and ''The Candle in the Wind''. Recently BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a six part adaptation including elements from ''The Book of Merlyn'' featuring Creator/DavidWarner as Merlyn adapated by Brian Sibley (who also dramatised ''The Lord of the Rings'' for BBC Radio back in the 1980's). [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04krx67 More information can be found here.]].

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''The Sword in the Stone'' was loosely adapted into a [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Disney film of the same name]]. The musical ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' is based on ''The Ill-Made Knight'' and ''The Candle in the Wind''. Recently In 2014, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a six part six-part adaptation including elements from ''The Book of Merlyn'' featuring Creator/DavidWarner as Merlyn adapated Merlyn'', adapted by Brian Sibley (who also dramatised ''The Lord of the Rings'' for BBC Radio back in the 1980's). [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04krx67 More information can be found here.]].
1980s) and featuring Creator/DavidWarner as Merlyn.
1st Feb '15 1:33:00 PM ProfessorGrimm
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''The Sword in the Stone'' was loosely adapted into a [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Disney film of the same name]]. The musical ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' is based on ''The Ill-Made Knight'' and ''The Candle in the Wind''. From November to December 2014, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a six part adaptation including elements from ''The Book of Merlyn'' featuring Creator/DavidWarner as Merlyn. [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04krx67 You can listen to it here]].

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''The Sword in the Stone'' was loosely adapted into a [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone Disney film of the same name]]. The musical ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' is based on ''The Ill-Made Knight'' and ''The Candle in the Wind''. From November to December 2014, Recently BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a six part adaptation including elements from ''The Book of Merlyn'' featuring Creator/DavidWarner as Merlyn.Merlyn adapated by Brian Sibley (who also dramatised ''The Lord of the Rings'' for BBC Radio back in the 1980's). [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04krx67 You More information can listen to it here]].
be found here.]].
4th Dec '14 9:01:37 PM PaulA
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* BiggerBad: Morgause is only seen in the second book, but it's her actions that only fuel between the Orkney Clan and the Pendragons



* BiggerBad: Morgause is only seen in the second book, but it's her actions that only fuel between the Orkney Clan and the Pendragons



* HappilyMarried: Igraine and Cornwall. Until Uther comes along and decides that he [[ItMustBeMine would like to have Igraine for his wife, instead]].



* FamedInStory: Arthur wanted the story told, at the end, to keep the memory of the ideals alive.



* FamedInStory: Arthur wanted the story told, at the end, to keep the memory of the ideals alive.


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* HappilyMarried: Igraine and Cornwall. Until Uther comes along and decides that he [[ItMustBeMine would like to have Igraine for his wife, instead]].
4th Dec '14 8:54:19 PM PaulA
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* AbusiveParent: Morgause is a '''horrible''' mother to her children: she abuses them both physically and emotionally, leaving all of her children very very screwed up.

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* AbusiveParent: AbusiveParents: Morgause is a '''horrible''' ''horrible'' mother to her children: she abuses them both physically and emotionally, leaving all of her children very very screwed up.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with Lancelot.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with Lancelot. He's generally depicted as handsome in Arthurian legends and almost all adaptations, including the author's source material, but in the book he's emphatically described as having an ugly, "ape-like" face.



%% * BawdySong

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%% * BawdySongBawdySong: One is mentioned in passing about a king and a fair maiden; in the first verse, which is given in the text, the king sees the maiden's ankle as she steps over a puddle, and in subsequent verses, which are left to the reader's imagination, he gets to see more.



* BiTheWay / IfItsYouItsOkay: Lancelot was in love with Arthur, though one might argue what "in love" specifically means. His jealousy and hostility towards Guinevere actually plays a part in them ending up together.

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* BiTheWay / IfItsYouItsOkay: BiTheWay[=/=]IfItsYouItsOkay: Lancelot was in love with Arthur, though one might argue what "in love" specifically means. His jealousy and hostility towards Guinevere actually plays a part in them ending up together.



* BrokenAce: being Lancelot is suffering.

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* BrokenAce: being Lancelot becomes so obsessed with becoming the greatest knight in the world that he gives his entire childhood in the pursuit of this dream. Throughout the book, he is suffering.shown to be extremely uncomfortable in his own mind, and is quite self-loathing.



%% * TheCatfish: In ''The Sword in the Stone''
* CerebusSyndrome / DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Sword and the Stone'' is pretty light-hearted, and not much different than the Disney film in terms of atmosphere. The story darkens from the second book onwards- we first get a [[spoiler:description of how Morgause boils a cat alive just for the lulz]]. White also intended the books to be poetic, comedic, dramatic and tragic in order.
* ClassicalMythology: Several personages from Greco-Roman mythology, such as Neptune, Hecate, and Minerva, make appearances in ''The Sword in the Stone'' (not to mention Castor and Pollux blowing Merlyn to Bermuda).

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%% * TheCatfish: In ''The Sword in the Stone''
Stone'', the big old fish lurking in the moat of Sir Ector's castle.
* CerebusSyndrome / DarkerAndEdgier: CerebusSyndrome[=/=]DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Sword and the Stone'' is pretty light-hearted, and not much different than the Disney film in terms of atmosphere. The story darkens from the second book onwards- we first get a [[spoiler:description of how Morgause boils a cat alive just for the lulz]]. White also intended the books to be poetic, comedic, dramatic and tragic in order.
* ClassicalMythology: Several personages from Greco-Roman mythology, such as Neptune, Hecate, and Minerva, make appearances in ''The Sword in the Stone'' (not to mention Castor and Pollux blowing Merlyn to Bermuda).
order.



%% * DorkKnight: Lancelot, arguably.



%% * EvilAlbino: Mordred.



* FeudingFamilies: The Orkney Clan and the Pendragons, due to what happened between Uther and Igraine. Mainly one-sided as the only Pendraon left is Arthur and he wants nothing more than to make peace with the Orkney Clan and be friends.

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* FeudingFamilies: The Orkney Clan and the Pendragons, due to what happened between Uther and Igraine. Mainly one-sided as the only Pendraon Pendragon left is Arthur and he wants nothing more than to make peace with the Orkney Clan and be friends.



* FoodChains: ''See'' LevelAte.

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* FoodChains: ''See'' LevelAte.Subverted in Arthur's and Kay's faerie sojourn, where they're not in the least tempted by any of the food they encounter because it's awful.
-->It was horrible beyond belief--sweet, sickly, and pungent--so that they did not feel the least wish to swallow a particle of it. The real temptation was to run away.



%% * GoodIsNotNice: Sir Galahad

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%% * GoodIsNotNice: Sir GalahadGalahad is detested by most of the knights he comes into contact with, because he is far too good to be merely polite.



* JustSoStory: The badger's dissertation in ''The Sword in the Stone''.

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* JustSoStory: The badger's dissertation in ''The Sword in the Stone''.Stone'' is a just-so story about how the animals got their various wings, claws, fins, etc.



* LevelAte: In ''The Sword in the Stone'', Arthur and Kay enter a faerie castle made of food.
** NauseaFuel: Said food turns out to be lakes of butter, walls of cheese, and the Fairy queen is found on a bed of ''lard''.

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* LevelAte: In ''The Sword in the Stone'', Arthur and Kay enter a faerie castle made of food.
** NauseaFuel:
food. Said food turns out to be lakes of butter, walls of cheese, and the Fairy queen is found on a bed of ''lard''.



* MisterMuffykins: Morgause's dogs
* MommyIssues: All of the Orkney boys. [[FreudWasRight Especially Agravaine.]]

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* MisterMuffykins: Morgause's dogs
* MommyIssues: All
Mordred's mother, Queen Morgause, has a succession of the Orkney boys. [[FreudWasRight Especially Agravaine.]]these little lapdogs. Mordred grows up hating them, but as an increasingly unstable adult starts keeping his own.



%% * OnlyTheChosenMayWield:
%% * PatrickStewartSpeech

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%% * OnlyTheChosenMayWield:
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OnlyTheChosenMayWield: The eponymous sword of ''The Sword in the Stone'', which can only be freed from the stone by he who is "rightwise king born of all England".
* PatrickStewartSpeechPatrickStewartSpeech: ''The Book of Merlyn'' contains a lengthy HannibalLecture on humanity's flaws, which seems like a massive downer. However, it does follow it up with a brief PatrickStewartSpeech on what the speaker considers to be humanity's saving grace: the love it has for its pets.



* PublicDomainCharacter: Apart from the obvious, Arthur meets RobinHood (who says his name is really Robin ''Wood'', but it's clearly the same person the legends are about) in ''The Sword in the Stone''.
%% * RedRightHand: Mordred

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Apart from the obvious, Arthur meets RobinHood (who says his name is really Robin ''Wood'', but it's clearly the same person the legends are about) in ''The Sword in the Stone''.
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Stone''. Several personages from Greco-Roman mythology, such as Neptune, Hecate, and Minerva, also make appearances in ''The Sword in the Stone'' (not to mention Castor and Pollux blowing Merlyn to Bermuda).
* RedRightHand: MordredThe description of Mordred's appearance makes it clear he's not to be trusted:
-->He was a thin wisp of a fellow, so fair-haired that he was almost an albino: and his bright eyes were so blue, so palely azure in their faded depths, that you could not see into them. He was clean-shaven. It seemed that there was no part of him which you could catch hold of, neither his hair, nor his eyes, nor his whiskers. Even the colour had been washed out of him, it seemed, so as to leave no handle. [...] He walked with an upright carriage, both ingratiating and defiant -- but one shoulder was higher than the other. He had been born slightly crooked -- a clumsy delivery by the midwife -- like Theatre/RichardIII.



%% * TearfulSmile

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%% * TearfulSmileTearfulSmile: After Lancelot and Guinevere quarrel and make up:
-->The Queen dried her tears and then looked at him, smiling like a spring shower.



%% * WhiteHairBlackHeart: Mordred

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%% * WhiteHairBlackHeart: MordredMordred is "so fair haired that he was almost an albino." He is, at first, merely self-pitying and creepy in the give-the-poor-kid-a-break way, but ultimately turns evil.
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