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Merlin

Merlin doesn’t actually come into the Arthur story until the 12th Century–about 700 years after any actual, historical Arthur would have lived. Geoffrey of Monmouth made him up out of two other Welsh characters. One was a bard and mad prophet named Myrddin Wyllt. The other consists of parts of the story of Emrys Wledig. (Yeah, I don’t know how the Welsh pronounce that last one, either.) Although Emrys Wledig is associated with Ambrosius Aurelianus, who was supposed to be a great warrior, which Merlin isn’t, really. Ambrosius, when he’s mentioned in Arthur stories, usually gets named as Arthur’s uncle. Though Mary Stewart made Ambrosius Merlin’s father in her Arthurian series, starting with THE CRYSTAL CAVE. (I have those books, come to think of it. I may just have to re-read them. I’m confident my story will be completely different from hers.)

This late introduction to the Arthur story is something I am definitely going to ignore–especially since my story idea started with Merlin. Although definitely not Geoffrey’s Merlin. Mine isn’t going to be a wizard (though he will be magical), but he’s also not going to be either a bard or a prophet.

Merlin will be the main protagonist, at least behind the scenes. Arthur–and various other characters–will do most of the heavy lifting, though.

I’m seriously thinking of starting Merlin’s first chapter soon.

 

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