The Cailleach’s wording here is very intentional. Your prince, not the prince. Make of it what you will.
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New here and love love Merlin
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merlin is what a magical creature.
In the 11th episode of season 1, Arthur brings back a unicorn horn which has magic, and Uther who is known to hates everything in existence that has the littlest thing to do with magic loves the unicorn horn so much. uhm... what.
I was wondering if there is an episode where they mention what kind of money they use in the Merlin universe? I'm rather curious, did they use the modern pound and penny measurement? Or, did they go for something more historically accurate? Or, did they go for a simple, bronze, sliver and gold coin system for a slightly more fantasy feel?
I am so confused as to how much time goes by between seasons 1-5! They state that one year passes between 2 and 3, 3 and 4 and that 3 years pass between seasons 4 and 5 but if that is all then how did Mordrid grow up so fast? He looks about 7 the first time we see him. Then about 20 as and adult. At least to me that's how old he looks. And the rest of the cast doesn't age at all except maybe Morgana. She starts looking pretty bad.
I looked at the "timeline" they give on this wiki but it's not helpful at all. Anyone have any ideas?
I was reading about Gwaine and his backstory and I was wondering if there were any reasons in particular that could have resulted in him leaving home. Even if his mother wasn't the best and he didn't get along with his sister it doesn't seem like Gwaine to just leave his family like that. So I was thinking, what if, after his father died and his mother's plea for help was turned away, she married another noble man. If she had found love again and all her attention was on her new husband and she possibly had a child(or two) with this person, it could have resulted in Gwaine running away?. It makes sense to me, and if he didn't get along with his stepfather and felt unwanted it'd be very Gwaine like to just leave it all behind him. I also like to think that he got along with one of his half(or possibly step) siblings and left them to take care of his mother if something happened, so then he wouldn't have as much guilt.
It's interesting how they kept talking about how magic isn't evil, and yet every single episode magic was used to hurt or kill people.
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I couldn't stop replaying this convo between King U and Prince A in S3E6. It was so funny!! Poor Arthur, so oblivious. :D
(Uther) 'I hear that she's something of a beauty.'
'Oh yes. Bootiful, charmin', witty, strategic.'
'I have always thought so... we have always thought so. That is, Lord Godwyn and myself. That is, he finds you strategic, not Princess Elena.'
'He finds me strategic?'
'And beautiful?!! Father, what are you trying to say?' [Everything Arthur's said up to this point has been a question!]
'Lord Godwyn is a serious ally. The ~strength~ of such a match cannot be underestimated.'
'Pleaaase tell me you mean a jousting match.'
'I mean a l o v e match.'
'L o v e ?!!'
'Not l o v e . L o v e has nothing to do with it, but the other bit. You know, a permanent union.'
'I knew you would understand! :D'
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I know it sounds stupid at first, but it is something that I was thinking about while rewatching some episodes of Merlin. We are told from the beginning that Arthur is supposed to be the once and future king, a fair and just ruler that will bring peace and magic to the land, unite the lands of Albion and merge the old and the new religion. Arthur dies at the end of the series, and while he does Merlin says to Kilgharrah that they “accomplished nothing of what was foretold”; Arthur never does anything other than knight some commoners and marry a servant. Between season 4 and 5 there are 3 years of peace, but it was never stated anywhere that Albion was united, and the persecution of the druids may have been stopped, but magic users were still being persecuted, and we never even saw the old and the new religion coming together.
So Arthur never does any of it, but Gwen does, and in my opinion she is the true once and future king. This theory may seem a stretch, but hear me out. 1. We know that prophecies are tricky, the majority of people that talk about destiny seem to know what they are talking about, but we find out pretty soon that that is not the case. All the visions of Morgana in season one seem to show horrible things, it always looks like Arthur is going to die, but in the end he never does. And when Merlin looks into the crystal of Neahtid he sees some scenes that make him think that Morgana is going to kill Uther, when in reality she just was going to see her sister. So it‘s totally possible that the seers in the past misjudged the prophecies, seeing Arthur as the king, and not considering the queen at his side. 2. It is told that it‘s Gwen‘s destiny to become queen, but why? Who told Merlin? Why is it so important for her to become queen? The druids never talk about her, neither does Kilgarrah. But it is clearly stated that for some reason she is supposed to become queen, almost necessary. Also one of the episodes in which Gwen is kind of the main focus, is called „once and future queen“. I initially thought it was just a cool name for the episode, but what if it‘s not just that? Also Morgana specifically dreamt of Gwen becoming queen, not of her marrying Arthur, and that was a prophecy, not a simple vision. 3. Arthur is supposed to be this great and just king, but it does not seem that way at all, sometimes he seems just like his father, just a little less vengeful. While Gwen guides him in the right direction, is clearly more intelligent than him (since se finds out about Merlin‘s and Morgana‘s magic without anyones help), is a very good queen even before she becomes it (like when she stood up to the council and Agravaine), she is just and compassionate (she never condemned magic users, and let Sefa go even after she found out that she was a traitor), is a good tactician and and inspiring ruler. Everyone accepts her as the queen even if she is a commoner, that means that they must respect her a lot, and not just because she married the king. 4. Arthur never does anything remarkable, but Gwen does: she lifts the ban of magic, she brings peace to the land (so I assume that she united the kingdoms), she changes Arthur for the better and talks him out from being a total idiot that blindly follows his father‘s ideas. 5. Emrys and the once and future king are supposed to be two sides of the same coin, but honestly Merlin and Gwen are quite similar: they both come from nothing but at the end of the series they are probably the two most powerful people in the land; they often behave in a very similar way with Arthur, telling him that he is a great man, better than his father, inspiring him to be good; they are both really kind and selfless, extremely courageous and they bond immediately, like they become friends even before Arthur and Merlin do, they just are a great duo and seem to be the only two people in camelot that know what is going on; they both don’t get the recognition they deserve, Arthur seems to be the one that gets all the praise in the end, while Gwen and Merlin are in his shadow fulfilling the prophecy.
Or maybe Arthur and Gwen are the once and future king together, like without Arthur Gwen would have never become queen, and without Gwen, what the prophecy told would never have happened.
What do you think? Is gwen the once and future monarch, or is is this theory kind of stupid? Let me know what you think (also sorry for my bad English, it’s not my first language <3)
Hi everyone! There is a great book I recently read called Merlin's Daughters and I wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy!