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.
What's on your mind?
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!
Does anyone know where the Tomb of Ashkanar is in the real world?
I wonder where that was filmed and if that valley really exists in the real world.
In Merlin it is the most beautiful place I have seen. So I hope someone knows where it is.
I just wanted to say that I only began watching Merlin in 2019 on NETFLIX. I never watched the show when it was released. However, I grew up reading everything Merlin or Arthurian. When I began watching the series I was captivated by the numerous elements with graphics, the story line and of course a younger than usually written about, Merlin! Since watching the series now a total of six times, yes I am hooked. My hope someday is that there is some sort of a sequel to that last scene when we see Merlin, an old Merlin, walking by the Lake of Avalon. I truly enjoy watching and re-watching the series. Thank you for all your talents and hard work to bring Merlin to life.
I really can't believe that they are not going to make a series six! *Cries in vain*
We know that Arthur values Merlin's opinions greatly. If Merlin had convinced Arthur to listen to the Disir, what would be the outcome of the situation? Would Mordred have still lived, yet remained loyal to Arthur?
So, we know that Merlin is the most powerfull magic user ever on the "Merlin Universe" or at least has the potential to become the number 1 because we were actually told as much, Merlin was many times stated to be the greatest magic user, and we did see him defeating Nimueh in 1 on 1 magic combat early in the series, we also saw him defeating Morgana 1 on 1 in season 4. So, out of the main characters, who is the most powerfull magic user in Merlin? to me it has to be one of the 3 high priestess (Nimueh Morgause or Morgana), Mordred started looking strong for sure, with kilgarrah teling Merlin that Mordred could be more powerfull than Morgana, but Morgana at the time had just discovered that she could do magic, she had no training or understanding about magic, so she would be weaker than even Gaius at the time, while young Mordred was raised by druids, so him being proficient in magic from a young age its hardly special, not to mention that much later in the series by season 4 Morgana was already comparable to Merlin and she was using potent spells, and Morgana's powers grew imensly from season 4 to season 5, so personally i take Kilgarrah's statement with a grain of salt...and just force pushing people way isnt impressive at all as we've seen every single magic user ever has done it, powerfull or not. So here we go: - Nimueh, from right before the great purge, with her powers at their peak VS Morgause, from before her injuries VS Morgana, from the end of season 5 (which its her at her peak, i think) Who is number 1 2 and 3 from strongest to weakest?
For me Merlin, by not helping Mordred and by condemning Kara for her actions, is not hypocrite. Kara was a murderer and, despite knowing this, Merlin tried to convince Arthur not sentence her to death. Freya was dangerous but she didn't do what she did on purpose and felt regrett for it. It is true that Mordred did what he did for love, but he saw how Kara was beyond saving so his situation is different, because Merlin didn't begin to hate Arthur, Uther or Gaius after Freya's death.
Gwen is sweet, kind, caring, patient and loyal.
Morgana is a miss-understood girl who feels like she doesn't really belong.
who is your favourite out of the two?
what if matt smith got the part instead of colin morgan???!!!???!!!!!!!! It nearly happened!! They were considering giving the part to him but in the end colin won! :D pheeewwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The relationship between merlin and arthur would have been soooo different if colin hadn't played merlin! :Dwhat do you think about it?
i was sobbing by the end!!