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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Grunhilda feeds Elena a live frog. It's never explained, it's utterly pointless, and it's never mentioned again.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Elena, on account of her general cuteness, being a rare non-evil female character, and a temporary love interest who posed no permanent real threat to any FanPreferredCouple. Ironically, actress Georgia King endured some RealLife DieForOurShip when it became apparent that she was dating Bradley James.


* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Elena has the title of princess even though her father is just a lord.


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* GratuitousPrincess: Elena has the title of princess even though her father is just a lord.

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* DirtyOldWoman: Not a human woman, sure, but Grunhilde certainly qualifies.

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* CuteClumsyGirl: Elena is a quintessential example.

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** Also Morgana's face at the dinner table when Elena plucks out and eats a morsel of food that fell down the front of her dress.


* AllWomenAreLustful: Grunhilda


* HairOfGold: Elena

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* AllWomenAreLustful: Grunhilda


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used InUniverse when Godwyn comments on Grunhilda's disappearance. Since Merlin blew her up, they'll neither he nor Elena will ever see her again, and they'll never know why.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used InUniverse when Godwyn comments on Grunhilda's disappearance. Since Merlin blew her up, they'll neither he nor Elena will ever see her again, and they'll never know why.


Having managed to extract himself, Gaius joins Merlin back in the physician's quarters to tell him that Grunhilde is a pixie. This explains the dust and her attraction toward "distinguished gentlemen". Merlin is disgusted at this, and Gaius is quick to get his mind back on track: that pixies are the servants of the Sidhe and that Elena might be a changeling - a mortal who is unaware that a fairy living inside her. When the time comes, it will possess her entirely, presumably to give the Sidhe power over Camelot's throne.

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Having managed to extract himself, Gaius joins Merlin back in the physician's quarters to tell him that Grunhilde Grunhilda is a pixie. This explains the dust and her attraction toward "distinguished gentlemen". Merlin is disgusted at this, and Gaius is quick to get his mind back on track: that pixies are the servants of the Sidhe and that Elena might be a changeling - a mortal who is unaware that a fairy living inside her. When the time comes, it will possess her entirely, presumably to give the Sidhe power over Camelot's throne.



In front of King Uther, Lord Godwyn and the entire court, Elena is nudged into the room by Grunhilde, and gives Arthur a little wave as she draws near. As Merlin and Gaius finish up their whispered conversation about the difficulties in making the necessary potion, Grunhilde shoves herself between two guards in order to listen to Arthur's proposal speech.

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In front of King Uther, Lord Godwyn and the entire court, Elena is nudged into the room by Grunhilde, Grunhilda, and gives Arthur a little wave as she draws near. As Merlin and Gaius finish up their whispered conversation about the difficulties in making the necessary potion, Grunhilde shoves herself between two guards in order to listen to Arthur's proposal speech.



The following day, a miserable-looking Elena reclines in bed as Grunhilde bustles about the room, excited about the fact that it's her wedding day. On the other hand, Elena has realized that she doesn't love Arthur, and that he neither loves nor understands her either. Grunhilde tries to reassure her, but Elena still seems uncertain.

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The following day, a miserable-looking Elena reclines in bed as Grunhilde Grunhilda bustles about the room, excited about the fact that it's her wedding day. On the other hand, Elena has realized that she doesn't love Arthur, and that he neither loves nor understands her either. Grunhilde Grunhilda tries to reassure her, but Elena still seems uncertain.



Gaius knocks at Elena's door, and invites Grunhilde to join him down in the vaults. It doesn't take much convincing, and Grunhilde agrees to meet with him as Elena stumbles around in the background, trying to get the hang of her new shoes.

Down in the vaults, Gaius is extracting Merlin's word: that he'll come to his rescue if it appears that Grunhilde is overpowering him. Merlin ducks to hide as Grunhilde rushes in, and sneaks behind her as she tries to exchange some tender words with Gaius. She puckers up for a kiss, and Gaius makes a run for it, back out of the vault where Merlin slams the door shut and magically locks it behind them. Grunhilde's long tongue licks Gaius's face and she declares that he'll never know what he's missed out on. Merlin and Gaius make a run for it, and Grunhilde begins using her own magic to break down the cell door.

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Gaius knocks at Elena's door, and invites Grunhilde Grunhilda to join him down in the vaults. It doesn't take much convincing, and Grunhilde agrees to meet with him as Elena stumbles around in the background, trying to get the hang of her new shoes.

Down in the vaults, Gaius is extracting Merlin's word: that he'll come to his rescue if it appears that Grunhilde is overpowering him. Merlin ducks to hide as Grunhilde Grunhilda rushes in, and sneaks behind her as she tries to exchange some tender words with Gaius. She puckers up for a kiss, and Gaius makes a run for it, back out of the vault where Merlin slams the door shut and magically locks it behind them. Grunhilde's long tongue licks Gaius's face and she declares that he'll never know what he's missed out on. Merlin and Gaius make a run for it, and Grunhilde Grunhilda begins using her own magic to break down the cell door.



Grunhilde manages to break the door down and hurries after Gaius and Merlin, catching up with them in the corridor where Merlin blasts her with the Sidhe staff. She goes flying backwards, and Merlin decides to hold her off whilst Gaius administers the potion to Elena.

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Grunhilde Grunhilda manages to break the door down and hurries after Gaius and Merlin, catching up with them in the corridor where Merlin blasts her with the Sidhe staff. She goes flying backwards, and Merlin decides to hold her off whilst Gaius administers the potion to Elena.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used InUniverse when Godwyn comments on Grunhilda's disappearance. Since Merlin blew her up, they'll neither he nor Elena will ever see her again, and they'll never know why.

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* RomanticComedy

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* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Sidhe staff.

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* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Gaius to Merlin after he's tried to seduce Grunhilda.

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* CurseCutShort: Arthur's reaction to Uther's news of his impending marriage to Elena is to mouth: "What the f...?"


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Merlin demonstrates how long Grunhilde's tongue was.



* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Elena has the title of princess even though her father is just a lord.
* TheFairFolk: The Sidhe



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Merlin demonstrates how long Grunhilde's tongue was.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Elena has the title of princess even though her father is just a lord.
* TheFairFolk: The Sidhe

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