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|aka = The [[Bastet]] <br>The Lady of The Lake <br>The Druid Girl
 
|aka = The [[Bastet]] <br>The Lady of The Lake <br>The Druid Girl
|race = Spirit<br>Human (formerly)
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|race = Spirit (currently)<br>Human (formerly)
 
|gender = Female
 
|gender = Female
|family = Unknown
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|family = Unknown
|affiliation = [[Druids]]<br>[[Merlin]]<br>[[Arthur Pendragon]]
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|affiliation = [[Druids]]<br>[[Merlin]]<br>[[Camelot]]
 
|enemies = [[Halig]] †<br>[[Uther Pendragon]] †
 
|enemies = [[Halig]] †<br>[[Uther Pendragon]] †
 
|portrayer = [[Laura Donnelly]]
 
|portrayer = [[Laura Donnelly]]
|appearances = ''[[The Lady of the Lake]]''<br>''[[The Coming of Arthur|The Coming of Arthur: Part Two]]''<br>''[[The Diamond of the Day|The Diamond of the Day: Part One]]'' (appears in crystal)<br>''[[The Diamond of the Day|The Diamond of the Day: Part Two]]''}}
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|appearances = ''[[The Lady of the Lake]]''<br>''[[The Coming of Arthur]]''<br>''[[The Diamond of the Day]]'' (cameo)}}
   
{{Template:Quote|I don't think you realise how special you are.| [[Merlin]] to Freya|The Lady of the Lake}}
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{{Template:Quote|You really don't realize how special you are, do you?| [[Merlin]] to Freya|The Lady of the Lake}}
   
'''Freya''' was a [[druid]] girl who fell in love with [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]], who hid her from the bounty hunter, [[Halig]], and swore to repay his kindness to him whilst on her deathbed. After her death at the [[Lake of Avalon]], she became the Lady of the Lake.
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'''Freya''' was a [[Druid]] girl who fell in love with [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]], who she met when he helped her to escape from the bounty hunter [[Halig]]. She later died on the shores of the [[Lake of Avalon]], after which she became the Lady of the Lake.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Early Life===
 
===Early Life===
Freya told Merlin she had lived in a beautiful place with mountains, trees, and a lake until her family died. One day, a man attacked Freya and she killed him in self defense. When the man's mother (who was a sorceress) found out, she cursed Freya to become a [[bastet|Bastet]], a magical monster resembling a large panther with bat-like wings, on the stroke of midnight with an insatiable desire to kill she would be unable to control. This eventually led to Freya being cast out of Druid society, despite the Druid's belief to never turn away those in need.
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Little is known about Freya's early life. She once told [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] that she had grown up in a beautiful place next to a lake surrounded by mountains and wild flowers. She lived there until her family died under unspecified circumstances.
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At some point in her life Freya accidentally killed a man in self defense. When the man's mother (a sorceress) learned what she'd done, she cursed Freya to kill forevermore. The curse forced Freya to transform into a [[bastet|Bastet]] every night at midnight, and while in its form she was subject to an uncontrollable desire to kill. The consequences of her curse eventually caused the [[druid|Druids]] to cast her out of their camp, despite the fact that it went against everything they believed in to turn away anyone in need of care.
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It is unknown if Freya was born a Druid, or if she entered the lifestyle sometime after the death of her family (''[[The Lady of the Lake]]'').
   
 
===Meeting Merlin===
 
===Meeting Merlin===
[[File:Freya_meets_Merlin.png|thumb|left|150px]]Under unspecified circumstances, Freya was captured in a cage by the bounty hunter Halig and taken to [[Camelot]] - only to be freed from her cage by Merlin, who had ignored [[Gaius]]' warnings not to get involved.
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{{Quote|I'm Merlin, by the way."<br>"I'm Freya.|Merlin and Freya|The Lady of the Lake}}
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[[File:Freya_meets_Merlin.png|thumb|left|205x205px|[[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] first sees Freya.]]Sometime after she was cast out of the [[Druid|Druid's]] camp, Freya was captured by the bounty hunter [[Halig]] and taken to [[Camelot]]. Halig intended to turn her over to [[Uther Pendragon|Uther]] for money, as the king was known to offer a handsome reward for anyone with magic.
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Before he could do so, however, Freya's plight was discovered by the young warlock [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]]. He used his magic to free her from her chains and the cage Halig had imprisoned her in, after which he took her to the catacombs beneath the city, where he knew she would be safe. Though somewhat suspicious of Merlin at first (as she didn't understand why he had helped her), Freya accepted his explanation that it could have just as easily been him in that cage and seemed to warm to him a bit as a result, accepting his jacket when he offered it and telling him her name.
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Merlin spent the next two days smuggling food and candles to Freya, who had to remain hidden in the tunnels. They grew steadily closer during this time, bonding over their statuses as outcasts and outsiders and sharing anecdotes about their childhood homes. Though more reserved than Merlin, who was thrilled to have someone he could be himself around, Freya soon came to trust him and gradually opened up about her past and her problems, at one point even mentioning her feelings of being cursed. In response, Merlin - who assumed she was talking about her magic - tried to help her see that magic could be a gift by making candle flames dance in the air for her, which made Freya smile.
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But even as her friendship with Merlin deepened, Freya still had her secrets. Her curse continued to plague her, forcing her to leave the tunnels and kill two peasants. She was visibly sad when Merlin visited her the next day, and barely registered the wheel of bread he'd brought for her to eat. However, she began to cheer up a bit when he asked her what she wanted to go with it. She told him that she wanted strawberries, and after a moment's hesitation he gave it a shot, but wound up conjuring her a rose instead. Though not the strawberries she'd asked for, Freya was clearly delighted with the gift and accepted it tenderly, asking him why he was so good to her. When Merlin replied that he liked her, that he could be himself around her and that they didn't have to hide anything from one another, Freya tried once more to tell him about her curse.
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[[File:2012-06-15_0901.png|thumb|200px|[[Merlin]] and Freya's first kiss.]]Before she could do so, however, the moment was interrupted by the arrival of Halig, who suspected Merlin of harboring her and had followed him to the tunnels in search of her. Though they ultimately managed to avoid detection, Freya was deeply distressed by the incident, as she couldn't bear to wind up back in a cage. Merlin reassured her by repeating his earlier promise to look after her no matter what, and was surprised that she didn't seem to realize how special she was. Touched, Freya was similarly surprised (and grateful) to realize that he wasn't afraid of her. Oblivious of her curse and still under the impression that she was referring to her magic, Merlin told her that being different was nothing to be scared of, and the two shared a kiss (''[[The Lady of the Lake]]'').
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=== Escape From Camelot ===
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{{Quote|Then we'll go somewhere no one knows us. Somewhere far away. You haven't given me your answer."<br>"I want that more than anything.|Merlin and Freya|The Lady of the Lake}}
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[[File:Merlin_hiding_with_Freya.png|thumb|left|210px|[[Merlin]] and Freya in the catacombs.]]Shortly after their close call with [[Halig]], [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] began devising a plan to get Freya out of [[Camelot]]. He decided that he would find some new clothes for her, and thus disguised she could leave the city without notice. His plans saddened Freya, who had enjoyed their time together and would miss him. When she told him so, however, Merlin surprised her by announcing that he was going with her. Freya initially objected to the idea, as she felt that he had a good life in Camelot and couldn't ask him to sacrifice it for her, but soon appeared to warm to the idea and happily agreed to Merlin's plan.
   
Hiding Freya in the underground catacombs, Merlin brought her food and told her about his magic. The two were drawn together due to Merlin's relief at having someone who understood him and Freya's gratitude at meeting someone who did not consider her a monster. This bond eventually blossomed into love.[[File:Merlin_Freya.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Merlin]] and Freya holding hands]]Unfortunately, Freya's curse resulted in the deaths of at least four people when she transformed into her Bastet form during her two nights in Camelot, prompting an increased hunt for her.
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Deep down, however, Freya knew that her curse made any chance of a life together an impossibility, and became more and more convinced that Merlin would be better off without her. Though she maintained her outward agreement to Merlin's plan, she resolved to leave Camelot on her own. She left the tunnels while he was out gathering the last of their supplies and hid until nightfall, at which time she attempted to leave the city under cover of darkness. It wasn't long, however, before she found herself cornered by a patrol led by [[Arthur]] and Halig. Knowing that her curse would soon be upon her, Freya begged them to let her go, but it was too late. The clocks began to chime midnight, and she was forced to enter her [[bastet|Bastet]] form.
   
Merlin had planned to leave Camelot with Freya so that she would be safe from those hunting her; he said they would go somewhere with mountains, flowers, and a lake, a place similar to her old home. Merlin brought her one of [[Morgana]]'s dresses to try and hide her identity as they left the city, lying to [[Gwen]] that he was dealing with moths in Morgana's dresses, when she caught him taking dresses out of Morgana's wardrobe (''[[The Lady of the Lake]])''.
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Unable to control herself, Freya killed Halig and attacked Arthur and his men, the former of whom managed to fight her off, badly injuring her in the process. Howling in pain, Freya retreated to the main square with the knights close behind. It was at this point that Merlin arrived, having discovered her disappearance and come running when he heard the warning bells. He stared at the scene in horror, at one point locking eyes with Freya, who gazed at him sadly as the knights moved in for the kill. Desperate to save her, Merlin used his magic to send a stone gargoyle toppling from a wall. It distracted the knights long enough for Freya to escape, and Merlin quickly ran after her (''[[The Lady of the Lake]])''.
   
 
===Death===
 
===Death===
Although Freya said she would go with Merlin, she attempted to escape on her own, not wanting Merlin to abandon his life for her. However, before she could leave the city, she was stopped by Halig, [[Arthur]], and a group of knights just before her transformation. After she transformed she killed Halig, but Arthur was able to fatally wound Bastet-Freya and corner her in the courtyard.[[File:Merlin209_1923.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[Merlin]] mourns Freya at the [[Lake of Avalon]]]]
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{{Quote|There must be something I can do, some way to save you."<br>"You've already saved me. You made me feel loved.|Merlin and Freya|The Lady of the Lake}}
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[[File:Merlin209_1923.jpg|thumb|212x212px|[[Merlin]] mourns Freya at the [[Lake of Avalon]].]][[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] followed Freya back to their hiding place in the catacombs. Though still in her [[bastet|Bastet]] form, she made no move to attack him, instead appearing gentle and calm. When the effects of the curse began to wear off, Freya retreated deeper into the tunnels, where she regained her human form, naked, badly injured, and crying. As Merlin covered her with his jacket, she tearfully explained what had happened to her, how she had once killed a man in self defense and been cursed by his mother in retaliation, forcing her to kill forevermore.
   
Bastet-Freya escaped after Merlin created a distraction, retreating down to the catacombs where Merlin found her. Although Bastet-Freya appeared calmer around Merlin, not even attempting to attack him, the wound Freya had sustained proved to be fatal. Freya returned to her human form, though she survived only long enough for Merlin to dress her in Morgana's stolen gown and take her to the nearby lake.
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Knowing that her wound was too serious to heal, Freya asked Merlin to leave her. Instead, he dressed her in the gown he'd stolen for her from [[Morgana|Morgana's]] wardrobe and carried her to the [[Lake of Avalon]], which he knew would remind her of the childhood home she'd spoken of so fondly. Pleased that he'd remembered, Freya seemed to be at peace with her fate. Though he hadn't been able to heal her, she assured Merlin that he'd already saved her, that he'd made her feel loved, and with her last breath promised him that one day she would repay his kindness. She died seconds later in Merlin's arms.
   
As she died, she thanked Merlin for making her feel loved, promising to repay him one day. Merlin gave her a Viking funeral, placing her body in a little boat and pushing it out into the lake, before he set the boat aflame (''[[The Lady of the Lake]]'').
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Heartbroken, Merlin placed her body in a boat lined with ferns and pushed it out onto the lake. When it was some distance away, he used his magic to set it aflame, giving her a Viking funeral. He watched the boat burn for a moment, and then returned to [[Camelot]] (''[[The Lady of the Lake]]'').
   
===Brief Resurrection===
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===The Lady of the Lake===
When Merlin met [[The Fisher King|the Fisher King]], the king gave him a gift, [[Avalon Vial|water from the Lake of Avalon]], the same lake Freya was laid to rest in. The Fisher King spoke prophetically that "Albion's time of need is near and in that dark hour you must be strong for you alone can save her", but Merlin would require the help for this task. The Fisher King then handed him the bottle of water (''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]'').
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{{Quote|I swore that one day I would repay you. Now is the moment.|Freya to Merlin|The Coming of Arthur}}
[[File:Imagesfw.jpeg|thumb|Freya sees [[Merlin]] again]]
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[[File:2012-06-15 0825-0.png|left|thumb|225x225px|<span>Freya appears to </span>[[Merlin]] <span>in the water.</span>]]
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A little over a year later, when [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] accompanied [[Arthur]] on his quest to recover the [[The Fisher King|Fisher King's]] trident, the Fisher King gave him a [[Avalon Vial|glass vial]] containing water from the [[Lake of Avalon]]. He warned him that [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Albion Albion's] time of need was near and that Merlin alone could save her, but that he would need help, and that the water would provide that help (''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]'').
   
After Morgana and [[Morgause]] took over Camelot, Merlin attempted to use his magic on the water to no avail. Merlin fell asleep holding the bottle of water. When [[Gwaine]] got up to "answer the call of nature", Merlin accidentally dropped the bottle, breaking the glass. Merlin was horrified when the bottle broke and watched helplessly as the water spilled and flowed away thinking he had just lost Albion's last hope. He was quickly shown that smashing the glass had actually allowed him to use the water instead of wasting it. The water glowed magically and formed a puddle in a rock crevice. Freya's image materialized as the water settled, smiling at Merlin. Merlin was shocked and delighted at the sight of his beloved Freya. 
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When [[Morgause]] and [[Morgana]] conquered [[Camelot]] with their [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Immortal_Army immortal army], Merlin took the vial with him when he, Arthur, and their allies went into hiding. He experimented with the water using his magic and various spells, but to no avail. Whatever help the water could provide remained a mystery, and he eventually dozed off with the vial still in hand.
[[File:Merlin313_0987.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Freya handing [[Merlin]] the Great [[Sword]] of [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]]]]
 
   
Freya tenderly told him she missed him, but time was short and she could not explain how she had become the Lady of the Lake. She informed him only [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]] could destroy Morgause's immortal army and told him she would hand him the sword to repay him for everything he had done for her.
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Sometime later, Merlin was startled awake by the sound of [[Gwaine]] getting up in the night, and in his surprise the vial slipped from his fingers and shattered on the cave floor. Horrified, Merlin watched helplessly as the water began to trickle away. Much to his surprise, however, breaking the glass had freed Albion's last hope rather than destroyed it. The water took on an ethereal glow and formed a small puddle in a crevice of rock. An image then formed in the water, and Merlin watched in shock and delight as it was revealed to be Freya.
   
When Merlin traveled to the Lake of Avalon, Freya gave him the sword though only her arm emerged from the lake (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
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As Merlin struggled to comprehend this turn of events, Freya told him that she'd missed him, and gently deflected his questions by saying that they didn't have long. She explained that the [[Cup of Life]] had not only made Morgana's army immortal but transformed them into the living dead, and there was only one thing that could slay that which was already dead: the sword [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]], which Merlin had hidden at the bottom of the Lake of Avalon. She urged him to come to the lake, where she would give him the sword herself.
[[File:Freya_is_back.PNG|thumb|right|170px|Freya catches Excalibur]]
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[[File:Merlin313_0987.jpg|thumb|210x210px|Freya hands [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]] to [[Merlin]].]]
   
===Taking Back Excalibur===
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The next day, Merlin asked the dragon [[Kilgharrah]] to take him to the Lake of Avalon. He took a small boat out to the middle of the lake, anxiously scanning the waves for any sign of Freya. After a moment the sword Excalibur emerged from the water, held in Freya's hand, and Merlin smiled (''[[The Coming of Arthur]]'').
   
After Arthur's death, Merlin throws Excalibur back into the Lake of Avalon and Freya's arm reaches out of the water, catching the sword and taking the sword back under the water while Merlin stands on the shore watching (''[[The Diamond of the Day]]'').
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Roughly four years later, after Arthur died while en route to the Lake of Avalon, Merlin returned Excalibur to Freya's care. Somber and grieved, he cast the sword into the lake and watched as Freya caught it in her hand and drew it back under the water (''[[The Diamond of the Day]]'').
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There is also the idea that it was Arthur who caught the sword because the arm looks male and muscular.
   
 
==Personality==
 
==Personality==
Before meeting Merlin, Freya was traumatized by her curse, both physically and mentally, and hated herself for being a [[Bastet]]. She even called herself a monster at one point but did not know how to tell Merlin about her curse. She desperately wanted to be an ordinary person with an ordinary life. Freya said before she met Merlin she'd always had to look over her shoulder to make sure she was not about to be ambushed. (This trait most likely originated from when she was attacked by a sorceress' son.)
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{{Quote|Did you think I wasn't coming? But I promised you I would."<br>"I scare most people away.|Merlin and Freya|The Lady of the Lake}}
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[[File:2012-06-15 0859-0.png|thumb|235x235px|[[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] gives Freya a red rose.|left]]
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At the time that [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] met her, Freya was a sad and nervous girl who had spent most of her life on the run. She was guarded and somewhat defensive at first, and didn't understand why Merlin would help her when he didn't even know her. She later told him that she couldn't always trust people. She also seemed rather skittish and fearful, flinching away from Merlin both when he offered her his jacket and when he woke her by placing a hand on her shoulder.
   
Freya was a nervous and shy girl, and when she first met Merlin she was worried he was going to try and hurt her, even though he'd freed her from Halig's cage, not understanding why he would want to help her for no reason.
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As they got to know each other, however, Freya began to exhibit a more soft-spoken and sweet personality. She appeared to enjoy Merlin's attempts to make her smile and was deeply grateful for all the things he was doing for her. She proved to be quite selfless, willingly giving up her dream of a life with Merlin because she believed he would have a better life in [[Camelot]] than he would forever on the run with her. It was because of this belief that she attempted to escape Camelot on her own, a move which ultimately cost her her life. She was also very loyal, and later returned from the dead in order to keep a promise she'd made to Merlin.
   
However, despite her fragile exterior, Freya was stronger than she appeared and was surprisingly independent as she was able to defend herself from the man who attacked her and survive on her own after her family died, though it is unknown how much time had passed since then. She quickly grew to trust Merlin greatly and fell in love with him. Merlin fell in love with her in return.
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Freya was deeply traumatized by her curse (both physically and emotionally) and hated herself for what it made her do, at one point referring to herself as a monster. Though she had no control over what she did as a [[Bastet]], she was deeply ashamed of her actions while in its form and clearly mourned the people she killed. Her intense self loathing was one of the reasons that she fell so quickly for Merlin, who not only didn't fear her, but understood her feelings about being different and frequently told her how special she was. Freya was deeply grateful to him for this; one of the last things she said to him before her death was that he'd already saved her, just by making her feel loved.
   
Though she hadn't been close to anyone since she was cursed, Freya was very loyal to people she cared about and even returned from the dead to fulfill a promise she made to Merlin. She was also selfless and did not want Merlin to give up his life in Camelot for her sake, believing he could have a better life in Camelot. Therefore she tried to escape on her own but was cornered by Arthur, Halig and Arthur's knights before transforming into the Bastet. Freya was grateful to Merlin for loving her and promised to repay him someday even though she was dying when she made the promise.
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As a Bastet, Freya was a murderous monster that slaughtered at least five people during her time in Camelot, including the bounty hunter [[Halig]]. Though usually unable to control herself while in its form, it is worth noting that she did not attack Merlin when he approached her, though whether this was because her love for him allowed her to resist the curse or because she had already killed that night is unknown.
 
As the Bastet, Freya was a bloodthirsty killing machine that slaughtered at least five people during her time in Camelot including Halig. Though Freya was usually unable to stop herself from killing in her beast form, she did not attack Merlin when he stroked her, proving the strength of their bond was stronger than the strength of her curse.
 
   
 
==Abilities==
 
==Abilities==
[[File:Bastet.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Freya in the [[Bastet]] form]]
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{{Quote|These wounds could only have been inflicted by a beast of considerable size.|Gaius, examining Freya's victims|The Lady of the Lake}}
Because she was a Druid, it is highly likely Freya had the ability to use magic (though she never answered Merlin when he asked if she was born a Druid, leaving it largely up for speculation as to how long she was in that lifesyle before her curse), but it is unknown how powerful she was. She possibly could have used magic to kill the man who attacked her, since she stated she didn't mean to kill him and she may have been unable to control her powers. Before her death, Freya was forced to transform into a Bastet every night because of her curse and she was only able to control herself when she was around Merlin.
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[[File:Bastet.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Freya in her [[Bastet]] form.]]
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As a [[Druid]], it is highly likely that Freya had the ability to use magic, though it is unknown how powerful she was. It's possible that she used magic to defend herself from the man who attacked her, and - as she stated once that she hadn't meant to kill him - that she had been unable (or hadn't known how) to control her powers.
   
It is of interest to note that she, unlike many other Druids in the series, never once speaks telepathically to Merlin. Being a Druid, however, it is likely that, though she ''didn't'', she still had the ''ability ''to, as even seemingly unpowerful Druids (such as Kara, who is never seen using magic to defend herself, even urging Mordred to use'' his ''magic to defend them against Arthur) and magic-users who were not of Druid birth (such as Morgana and Merlin) can freely communicate in this way.   
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In revenge for the death of her son, the mother of the man Freya killed placed a curse on her. The curse forced her to transform into a [[Bastet]] every night at the stroke of midnight, and while in its form she was subject to an uncontrollable desire to kill. Freya appeared to be quite strong in this form, capable of inflicting lethal wounds with her teeth and claws, and also had the ability to fly.
   
Freya also somehow returned from the dead as the Lady of the Lake, though how she managed this is never explored in the series. However, her magical abilities probably had something to do with it, along with the magical properties of the [[Avalon|Lake of Avalon]].
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Interestingly, Freya was one of only a few Druids in the series who never used telepathy, (though it should be noted that her refusal to answer [[Merlin (character)|Merlin's]] question about whether she was born a Druid leaves it largely up to speculation as to how long she was in that lifestyle before they cast her out). However, the fact that she was never shown using telepathy does not mean that she didn't have the ability to, as even seemingly untalented Druids (such as [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Kara Kara], who repeatedly urged [[Mordred]] to use ''his'' magic to defend them instead of using her own) and magic users who were not of Druid birth (such as Merlin and [[Morgana]]) were able to freely communicate in this way.
   
It is unknown if she can be considered immortal because of her ability to still exist as the Lady of the Lake.
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At some point after her death Freya became the Lady of the Lake, which granted her the ability to return from the dead in spirit form. Though how she accomplished this was never explored in the series, it is possible that it had something to do with the magical properties of the [[Avalon|Lake of Avalon]], which served as a gateway to the world of [[Avalon]], the land of eternal youth. Whether Freya can be considered immortal because of her ability to exist in spirit form is unknown.
   
 
==Name==
 
==Name==
*Freya is a female name of Scandinavian origin. The meaning of the name is "noblewoman" or "Lady".
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*Freya is a female name of Scandinavian origin meaning "noblewoman" or "lady".
*Freya originated from the Norse viking goddess of beauty, then death.
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**It likely originated from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyja Freyja], the Norse goddess of love, war, and death.
*Other spellings of the name Freya include Freyah, Freyja, Fraya, Fray, Fraja, Frayah, Frehah, Freia, Freiah, Freyra, and Freyrah.
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**Other spellings include Freja, Freyah, Freyja, Fraya, Fray, Fraja, Frayah, Frehah, Freia, Freiah, Freyra, and Freyrah.
*Given the Nordic ancestry of her name, Freya or her family might have come from the Danelaw (East Anglia) that was under Viking occupation.
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*Given the Nordic ancestry of her name, Freya (or her family) might have come from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelaw Danelaw] ([https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Anglia East Anglia]), which originated from Viking expansion.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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==In The Legend==
 
==In The Legend==
[[File:Pyle240-1-.jpg|thumb]]Freya's name is never mentioned in the Merlin legend, but she is based on the Lady of the Lake.
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[[File:Pyle240-1-.jpg|thumb]]Freya is most likely based on the character of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_the_Lake Lady of the Lake] in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur Arthurian Legend]. (Though in most stories the Lady of the Lake is given the name Viviane, Nimueh, or some variation thereof, in the series the name [[Nimueh]] was used for another (villainous) sorceress who briefly caught [[Merlin (character)|Merlin's]] eye, and the Lady of the Lake was instead given the name of a goddess from Norse mythology.)
   
Like Freya, the Lady of the Lake is Merlin's lover, and provided him with a sword for Arthur in his time of need. (According to most tellings this love was one sided [Merlin in love with her] in fact in more than one tale she actually falls in love with, and marries, a knight of the round table)
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Like Freya, the Lady of the Lake was [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin Merlin's] lover and provided a sword for [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur Arthur] in his time of need. (However, in most tellings the romance between her and Merlin was a one-sided affair wherein Merlin was in love with her. In more than one tale she actually falls in love with and marries a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_the_Round_Table Knight of the Round Table].) Also, in some legends the Lady of the Lake dies and later returns from the dead to help [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camelot Camelot], though in these tellings she dies after she is beheaded by a Knight of the Round Table she blamed for her brother's death rather than because she was cursed.
   
In some legends, the Lady of the Lake dies (as Freya does) yet seemingly comes back from the dead to help Camelot; however, the cause of her death is that a knight of the round table who got into a disagreement with her cut her head off with a sword, not because she was cursed.
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The Lady of the Lake plays many other roles in Arthurian Legend, including trapping Merlin in the Crystal Cave. (In the series, however, it is [[Morgana]] who does this, and the only connection Freya has to the scene is that her arm is shown in a flashback scene within one of the crystals.) Also, at the end of most Arthurian legends, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedivere Sir Bedivere] (after betraying him three times) throws Arthur's sword back into the lake, where it is snatched up by the hand of the Lady of the Lake and brought back under the water. In the series, it is Merlin who returns the sword to the lake after Arthur's death, and Freya catches it in her hand and draws it back under the water.
 
In most of the legends, the Lady of the Lake is [[Nimueh]] (most often spelt Nimue or Nymue), another druid who caught Merlin's attentions in the TV Series.
 
 
Another thing the Lady of the Lake is well-known for in most of the legends is trapping Merlin in the Crystal Cave; in the series, however, it is Morgana who does this. The only connection Freya has to this scene/moment in the series is her arm being in a flashback seen within one of the crystals.
 
 
At the end of most Arthurian legends/stories, Sir Bedivere throws Arthur's sword back into the water (after betraying him three times first), where it is snatched up by the hand of the lady of the lake and brought back under the water. In the series, Merlin fills in for the role of Bedivere, with a dying Arthur in his last moments, and throws the sword in; Freya's hand is seen coming up and taking it back down into the lake.
 
   
 
==Norse Mythology==
 
==Norse Mythology==
'''Freya''', traditionally spelled Freyja, was the Norse goddess of love, fertility, sexual desire, war, and death.
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[[File:08400-1-.jpg|thumb|left|170px]]'''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyja Freya]''' (traditionally spelt Freyja) was the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, sexual desire, gold, sorcery, war, and death. She was the daughter of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Njörðr Njord], the twin sister of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyr Freyr], and the mother of Hnoss and Gersemi by her husband [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Óðr Od]. Because her husband was frequently absent, Freya cried tears of red gold for him and searched for him under assumed names. Like the rest of her family, Freya was a member of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanir Vanir] tribe of deities. She was also the owner of the necklace [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%ADsingamen Brisingamen] and rode in a chariot pulled by two cats.
 
[[File:08400-1-.jpg|thumb|left|100px]]Freya was called upon to comfort those who were dying, to ease their transition into Valhalla (the "Otherworld"), serving as a guide and companion on the journey to Valhalla for many Viking heroes who had died nobly. Freya and the Valkyries held dominion over all the dead. When Freya and the Valkyries rode forth on their missions, their armour caused the eerily beautiful flickering light that we know as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.<ref>[http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/goddess-freya.htm goddessgift.com — The Goddess Freya]</ref>
 
 
She is perhaps most well-known for her famous necklace, the Brisingamen, and for riding about in a chariot pulled by cats.
 
   
Freya is the wife of Od, the daughter of Njord, twin sister of Freyr and mother of Hnoss and Gersemi.
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Freya (along with the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valkyrie Valkyrie]) held dominion over all the dead. They collected the souls of heroes killed in battle, giving them comfort and serving as a guide and companion to them on their journey. The Valkyries would take one half of the dead to [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valhalla Valhalla], which was ruled by the god [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin Odin], while the other half would dwell with Freya in the heavenly field [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fólkvangr Folkvangr]. When Freya and the Valkryie rode forth on their mission, their armour was said to create the beautiful flickering light known as the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora Aurora Borealis], or Northern Lights.<ref>[http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/goddess-freya.htm goddessgift.com — The Goddess Freya]</ref>
   
 
Many songs today praise her. Example: <ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH0eW5Dc4Nc popular song on youtube (Freya by Kellianna)]</ref>
 
Many songs today praise her. Example: <ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH0eW5Dc4Nc popular song on youtube (Freya by Kellianna)]</ref>
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*Freya is also known as "The Lady of the Lake", although she has never been mentioned by this name.
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*Though Freya is clearly based on the Lady of the Lake, she was never referred to by this name in the series.
*Before the premiere of series 5, when the first low quality trailer was uploaded to Youtube, a number of fans mistook a short clip of Mithian for Freya, causing a rumour that she would be returning within the first few episodes of series 5. This was proven untrue when a clearer shot of the clip was released, revealing that it was Mithian, not Freya. Only Freya's arm appears at the end of series 5.
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*Freya is one of only a few [[Druid]]s in the series who has never referred to [[Merlin (character)|Merlin]] as Emrys, or spoken to him telepathically.
*Freya is not the only character in the series to sport a name from Norse mythology instead of Arthurian legend, Odin being another. Yet she is the only ''major ''character from Arthurian Legend (aka The Lady of the Lake) whose name has been changed to that of a Norse god/goddess for the series.
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*[[Lancelot (character)|Lancelot]], [[Elyan]], and even [[Arthur]] were all given funerals very similar to the one Freya was given at the end of [[The Lady of the Lake|2x09]].
*Because of the fact that the actress chosen to play Queen Mab (Kelly Wenham) in series 5 bears a slight resemblance to Laura Donnelly (Freya), and Mab was the sister of the Lady of the Lake in the 1998 mini-series ''Merlin'', some fans speculated that Queen Mab would be Freya's sister on the show, even though Freya's family are all said to have died. However, Queen Mab is a small fairy-like creature and has no proven connection to Freya whatsoever, their characters being completely separate. Also, in costume, she looks nothing like Laura Donnelly.
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*Some fans have claimed that when Merlin puts Freya into the boat at the end of [[The Lady of the Lake|2x09]], which he then uses magic to push out onto the lake and set on fire, it appears that she is still breathing. It is unknown if this was a production error or if it had something to do with how she returned in [[The Coming of Arthur|3x13]].
*Some fans have claimed that at the end of ''The Lady of the Lake'', when Merlin puts Freya in the boat which he uses magic to push out into the lake (then sets on fire), it appears that she is still breathing. It is unknown, currently, if this is a blooper/mistake or if it has something to do with how she returned in ''The Coming of Arthur part 2''.
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*Freya is not the only character in the series to be given a name from Norse mythology instead of Arthurian Legend ([https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Odin Odin] was another), but she is the only ''major'' character from Arthurian Legend (as the Lady of the Lake) whose name was changed to that of a Norse god/goddess.
*Freya was a fan favourite along with Alvarr and Mordred to return in Series 5. The only one of the mentioned characters to return was Mordred.
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*Freya was a fan favorite (along with [[Mordred]] and [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Alvarr Alvarr]) to return in [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Series_5 series 5]. However, the only one of these three to return was Mordred.
*Elyan, Lancelot, and even Arthur have had funeral scenes ''very'' similar to Freya's at the end of'' The Lake of the Lake''.
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*Before the premiere of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Series_5 series 5], when the first low quality trailer was uploaded to Youtube, a number of fans mistook a short clip of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Mithian Mithian] for Freya. This resulted in a rumour that she would be returning within the first few episodes of series 5, which was ultimately proven false when a clearer shot of the clip was released, revealing that it was Mithian, not Freya.
*The name Freyja (Freya) means "Lady".
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*Because the actress chosen to play [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Mab Queen Mab] ([https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Kelly_Wenham Kelly Wenham]) in [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Series_5 series 5] bears a slight resemblance to [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Laura_Donnelly Laura Donnelly] (Freya's actress), and because Mab was the sister of the Lady of the Lake in the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin_(miniseries) 1998 miniseries ''Merlin''], some fans speculated that Queen Mab would be Freya's sister, despite the fact that Freya's family were all said to have died. However, Queen Mab turned out to be a small fairy-like creature and has no proven connection to Freya whatsoever. (Also, in costume, she looks nothing like Laura Donnelly.)
*Freya's role in ''The Lady of the Lake ''seems to be indirectly referenced in ''The Drawing of the Dark'', when Mordred asks Merlin if he wouldn't "do the same for the woman he loved". However, it is never even remotely suggested/implied that Mordred actually knows anything about Freya.  
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*Freya's role in [[The Lady of the Lake|2x09]] seems to be indirectly referenced in [[The Drawing of the Dark|5x11]], when Mordred asks Merlin if he "wouldn't do the same, for the woman he loved." However, it is never remotely implied that Mordred actually knows anything about Freya.
*Freya is one of the few Druids on the show who does not refer to Merlin as Emrys, or speak to him telepathically.
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*Because only Freya's arm appears at the end of [https://merlin.fandom.com/wiki/Series_5 series 5] (and this was her character's sole appearance in the last two series), some fans speculated that it was Arthur's hand, not Freya's, who caught [[Excalibur (Sword)|Excalibur]] when Merlin returned it to the lake. However, there is no supporting basis for this in either the context of the show or in the legend, and the writers have reportedly confirmed that it is indeed Freya who catches the sword.
*Because only Freya's arm reappears at the end of the series, and this was her character's sole appearance in the last two series, some fans speculated that it was ''Arthur's ''hand, not the Lady of the Lake's. However, there is no supporting basis for this either in the context of the show, or in the legend, and the writers of the show have reportedly confirmed it is indeed Freya who takes the sword back under the lake. The confusing factor is that they supposedly used a male diver's hand for the scene. However, Arthur is presumably asleep in death until the time for him to return as the Once and Future King arrives and it thus cannot be him.
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**The confusion was likely due to them supposedly using a male diver's hand for the scene.
*Interestingly, Colin Morgan (Merlin's actor) portrays the Duke of Blackwood in the 2016 fantasy film ''The Huntsman: Winter's War'', in which his love interest is also named Freya.
 
   
 
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You really don't realize how special you are, do you?
Merlin to Freya[src]

Freya was a Druid girl who fell in love with Merlin, who she met when he helped her to escape from the bounty hunter Halig. She later died on the shores of the Lake of Avalon, after which she became the Lady of the Lake.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Little is known about Freya's early life. She once told Merlin that she had grown up in a beautiful place next to a lake surrounded by mountains and wild flowers. She lived there until her family died under unspecified circumstances.

At some point in her life Freya accidentally killed a man in self defense. When the man's mother (a sorceress) learned what she'd done, she cursed Freya to kill forevermore. The curse forced Freya to transform into a Bastet every night at midnight, and while in its form she was subject to an uncontrollable desire to kill. The consequences of her curse eventually caused the Druids to cast her out of their camp, despite the fact that it went against everything they believed in to turn away anyone in need of care.

It is unknown if Freya was born a Druid, or if she entered the lifestyle sometime after the death of her family (The Lady of the Lake).

Meeting MerlinEdit

I'm Merlin, by the way."
"I'm Freya.
Merlin and Freya[src]
Freya meets Merlin

Merlin first sees Freya.

Sometime after she was cast out of the Druid's camp, Freya was captured by the bounty hunter Halig and taken to Camelot. Halig intended to turn her over to Uther for money, as the king was known to offer a handsome reward for anyone with magic.

Before he could do so, however, Freya's plight was discovered by the young warlock Merlin. He used his magic to free her from her chains and the cage Halig had imprisoned her in, after which he took her to the catacombs beneath the city, where he knew she would be safe. Though somewhat suspicious of Merlin at first (as she didn't understand why he had helped her), Freya accepted his explanation that it could have just as easily been him in that cage and seemed to warm to him a bit as a result, accepting his jacket when he offered it and telling him her name.

Merlin spent the next two days smuggling food and candles to Freya, who had to remain hidden in the tunnels. They grew steadily closer during this time, bonding over their statuses as outcasts and outsiders and sharing anecdotes about their childhood homes. Though more reserved than Merlin, who was thrilled to have someone he could be himself around, Freya soon came to trust him and gradually opened up about her past and her problems, at one point even mentioning her feelings of being cursed. In response, Merlin - who assumed she was talking about her magic - tried to help her see that magic could be a gift by making candle flames dance in the air for her, which made Freya smile.

But even as her friendship with Merlin deepened, Freya still had her secrets. Her curse continued to plague her, forcing her to leave the tunnels and kill two peasants. She was visibly sad when Merlin visited her the next day, and barely registered the wheel of bread he'd brought for her to eat. However, she began to cheer up a bit when he asked her what she wanted to go with it. She told him that she wanted strawberries, and after a moment's hesitation he gave it a shot, but wound up conjuring her a rose instead. Though not the strawberries she'd asked for, Freya was clearly delighted with the gift and accepted it tenderly, asking him why he was so good to her. When Merlin replied that he liked her, that he could be himself around her and that they didn't have to hide anything from one another, Freya tried once more to tell him about her curse.

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Merlin and Freya's first kiss.

Before she could do so, however, the moment was interrupted by the arrival of Halig, who suspected Merlin of harboring her and had followed him to the tunnels in search of her. Though they ultimately managed to avoid detection, Freya was deeply distressed by the incident, as she couldn't bear to wind up back in a cage. Merlin reassured her by repeating his earlier promise to look after her no matter what, and was surprised that she didn't seem to realize how special she was. Touched, Freya was similarly surprised (and grateful) to realize that he wasn't afraid of her. Oblivious of her curse and still under the impression that she was referring to her magic, Merlin told her that being different was nothing to be scared of, and the two shared a kiss (The Lady of the Lake).

Escape From Camelot Edit

Then we'll go somewhere no one knows us. Somewhere far away. You haven't given me your answer."
"I want that more than anything.
Merlin and Freya[src]
Merlin hiding with Freya

Merlin and Freya in the catacombs.

Shortly after their close call with Halig, Merlin began devising a plan to get Freya out of Camelot. He decided that he would find some new clothes for her, and thus disguised she could leave the city without notice. His plans saddened Freya, who had enjoyed their time together and would miss him. When she told him so, however, Merlin surprised her by announcing that he was going with her. Freya initially objected to the idea, as she felt that he had a good life in Camelot and couldn't ask him to sacrifice it for her, but soon appeared to warm to the idea and happily agreed to Merlin's plan.

Deep down, however, Freya knew that her curse made any chance of a life together an impossibility, and became more and more convinced that Merlin would be better off without her. Though she maintained her outward agreement to Merlin's plan, she resolved to leave Camelot on her own. She left the tunnels while he was out gathering the last of their supplies and hid until nightfall, at which time she attempted to leave the city under cover of darkness. It wasn't long, however, before she found herself cornered by a patrol led by Arthur and Halig. Knowing that her curse would soon be upon her, Freya begged them to let her go, but it was too late. The clocks began to chime midnight, and she was forced to enter her Bastet form.

Unable to control herself, Freya killed Halig and attacked Arthur and his men, the former of whom managed to fight her off, badly injuring her in the process. Howling in pain, Freya retreated to the main square with the knights close behind. It was at this point that Merlin arrived, having discovered her disappearance and come running when he heard the warning bells. He stared at the scene in horror, at one point locking eyes with Freya, who gazed at him sadly as the knights moved in for the kill. Desperate to save her, Merlin used his magic to send a stone gargoyle toppling from a wall. It distracted the knights long enough for Freya to escape, and Merlin quickly ran after her (The Lady of the Lake).

DeathEdit

There must be something I can do, some way to save you."
"You've already saved me. You made me feel loved.
Merlin and Freya[src]
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Merlin mourns Freya at the Lake of Avalon.

Merlin followed Freya back to their hiding place in the catacombs. Though still in her Bastet form, she made no move to attack him, instead appearing gentle and calm. When the effects of the curse began to wear off, Freya retreated deeper into the tunnels, where she regained her human form, naked, badly injured, and crying. As Merlin covered her with his jacket, she tearfully explained what had happened to her, how she had once killed a man in self defense and been cursed by his mother in retaliation, forcing her to kill forevermore.

Knowing that her wound was too serious to heal, Freya asked Merlin to leave her. Instead, he dressed her in the gown he'd stolen for her from Morgana's wardrobe and carried her to the Lake of Avalon, which he knew would remind her of the childhood home she'd spoken of so fondly. Pleased that he'd remembered, Freya seemed to be at peace with her fate. Though he hadn't been able to heal her, she assured Merlin that he'd already saved her, that he'd made her feel loved, and with her last breath promised him that one day she would repay his kindness. She died seconds later in Merlin's arms.

Heartbroken, Merlin placed her body in a boat lined with ferns and pushed it out onto the lake. When it was some distance away, he used his magic to set it aflame, giving her a Viking funeral. He watched the boat burn for a moment, and then returned to Camelot (The Lady of the Lake).

The Lady of the LakeEdit

I swore that one day I would repay you. Now is the moment.
Freya to Merlin[src]
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Freya appears to Merlin in the water.

A little over a year later, when Merlin accompanied Arthur on his quest to recover the Fisher King's trident, the Fisher King gave him a glass vial containing water from the Lake of Avalon. He warned him that Albion's time of need was near and that Merlin alone could save her, but that he would need help, and that the water would provide that help (The Eye of the Phoenix).

When Morgause and Morgana conquered Camelot with their immortal army, Merlin took the vial with him when he, Arthur, and their allies went into hiding. He experimented with the water using his magic and various spells, but to no avail. Whatever help the water could provide remained a mystery, and he eventually dozed off with the vial still in hand.

Sometime later, Merlin was startled awake by the sound of Gwaine getting up in the night, and in his surprise the vial slipped from his fingers and shattered on the cave floor. Horrified, Merlin watched helplessly as the water began to trickle away. Much to his surprise, however, breaking the glass had freed Albion's last hope rather than destroyed it. The water took on an ethereal glow and formed a small puddle in a crevice of rock. An image then formed in the water, and Merlin watched in shock and delight as it was revealed to be Freya.

As Merlin struggled to comprehend this turn of events, Freya told him that she'd missed him, and gently deflected his questions by saying that they didn't have long. She explained that the Cup of Life had not only made Morgana's army immortal but transformed them into the living dead, and there was only one thing that could slay that which was already dead: the sword Excalibur, which Merlin had hidden at the bottom of the Lake of Avalon. She urged him to come to the lake, where she would give him the sword herself.

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Freya hands Excalibur to Merlin.

The next day, Merlin asked the dragon Kilgharrah to take him to the Lake of Avalon. He took a small boat out to the middle of the lake, anxiously scanning the waves for any sign of Freya. After a moment the sword Excalibur emerged from the water, held in Freya's hand, and Merlin smiled (The Coming of Arthur).

Roughly four years later, after Arthur died while en route to the Lake of Avalon, Merlin returned Excalibur to Freya's care. Somber and grieved, he cast the sword into the lake and watched as Freya caught it in her hand and drew it back under the water (The Diamond of the Day). There is also the idea that it was Arthur who caught the sword because the arm looks male and muscular.

PersonalityEdit

Did you think I wasn't coming? But I promised you I would."
"I scare most people away.
Merlin and Freya[src]
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Merlin gives Freya a red rose.

At the time that Merlin met her, Freya was a sad and nervous girl who had spent most of her life on the run. She was guarded and somewhat defensive at first, and didn't understand why Merlin would help her when he didn't even know her. She later told him that she couldn't always trust people. She also seemed rather skittish and fearful, flinching away from Merlin both when he offered her his jacket and when he woke her by placing a hand on her shoulder.

As they got to know each other, however, Freya began to exhibit a more soft-spoken and sweet personality. She appeared to enjoy Merlin's attempts to make her smile and was deeply grateful for all the things he was doing for her. She proved to be quite selfless, willingly giving up her dream of a life with Merlin because she believed he would have a better life in Camelot than he would forever on the run with her. It was because of this belief that she attempted to escape Camelot on her own, a move which ultimately cost her her life. She was also very loyal, and later returned from the dead in order to keep a promise she'd made to Merlin.

Freya was deeply traumatized by her curse (both physically and emotionally) and hated herself for what it made her do, at one point referring to herself as a monster. Though she had no control over what she did as a Bastet, she was deeply ashamed of her actions while in its form and clearly mourned the people she killed. Her intense self loathing was one of the reasons that she fell so quickly for Merlin, who not only didn't fear her, but understood her feelings about being different and frequently told her how special she was. Freya was deeply grateful to him for this; one of the last things she said to him before her death was that he'd already saved her, just by making her feel loved.

As a Bastet, Freya was a murderous monster that slaughtered at least five people during her time in Camelot, including the bounty hunter Halig. Though usually unable to control herself while in its form, it is worth noting that she did not attack Merlin when he approached her, though whether this was because her love for him allowed her to resist the curse or because she had already killed that night is unknown.

AbilitiesEdit

These wounds could only have been inflicted by a beast of considerable size.
Gaius, examining Freya's victims[src]
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Freya in her Bastet form.

As a Druid, it is highly likely that Freya had the ability to use magic, though it is unknown how powerful she was. It's possible that she used magic to defend herself from the man who attacked her, and - as she stated once that she hadn't meant to kill him - that she had been unable (or hadn't known how) to control her powers.

In revenge for the death of her son, the mother of the man Freya killed placed a curse on her. The curse forced her to transform into a Bastet every night at the stroke of midnight, and while in its form she was subject to an uncontrollable desire to kill. Freya appeared to be quite strong in this form, capable of inflicting lethal wounds with her teeth and claws, and also had the ability to fly.

Interestingly, Freya was one of only a few Druids in the series who never used telepathy, (though it should be noted that her refusal to answer Merlin's question about whether she was born a Druid leaves it largely up to speculation as to how long she was in that lifestyle before they cast her out). However, the fact that she was never shown using telepathy does not mean that she didn't have the ability to, as even seemingly untalented Druids (such as Kara, who repeatedly urged Mordred to use his magic to defend them instead of using her own) and magic users who were not of Druid birth (such as Merlin and Morgana) were able to freely communicate in this way.

At some point after her death Freya became the Lady of the Lake, which granted her the ability to return from the dead in spirit form. Though how she accomplished this was never explored in the series, it is possible that it had something to do with the magical properties of the Lake of Avalon, which served as a gateway to the world of Avalon, the land of eternal youth. Whether Freya can be considered immortal because of her ability to exist in spirit form is unknown.

NameEdit

  • Freya is a female name of Scandinavian origin meaning "noblewoman" or "lady".
    • It likely originated from Freyja, the Norse goddess of love, war, and death.
    • Other spellings include Freja, Freyah, Freyja, Fraya, Fray, Fraja, Frayah, Frehah, Freia, Freiah, Freyra, and Freyrah.
  • Given the Nordic ancestry of her name, Freya (or her family) might have come from Danelaw (East Anglia), which originated from Viking expansion.

AppearancesEdit

Series 2
The Lady of the Lake
Series 3
The Eye of the Phoenix (Mentioned indirectly)
The Coming of Arthur: Part Two (Appears as a ghost or spirit)
Series 5
The Drawing of the Dark (Mentioned indirectly)
The Diamond of the Day: Part One[1] (Appears in crystals) (cameo)
The Diamond of the Day: Part Two (cameo)

In The LegendEdit

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Freya is most likely based on the character of the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian Legend. (Though in most stories the Lady of the Lake is given the name Viviane, Nimueh, or some variation thereof, in the series the name Nimueh was used for another (villainous) sorceress who briefly caught Merlin's eye, and the Lady of the Lake was instead given the name of a goddess from Norse mythology.)

Like Freya, the Lady of the Lake was Merlin's lover and provided a sword for Arthur in his time of need. (However, in most tellings the romance between her and Merlin was a one-sided affair wherein Merlin was in love with her. In more than one tale she actually falls in love with and marries a Knight of the Round Table.) Also, in some legends the Lady of the Lake dies and later returns from the dead to help Camelot, though in these tellings she dies after she is beheaded by a Knight of the Round Table she blamed for her brother's death rather than because she was cursed.

The Lady of the Lake plays many other roles in Arthurian Legend, including trapping Merlin in the Crystal Cave. (In the series, however, it is Morgana who does this, and the only connection Freya has to the scene is that her arm is shown in a flashback scene within one of the crystals.) Also, at the end of most Arthurian legends, Sir Bedivere (after betraying him three times) throws Arthur's sword back into the lake, where it is snatched up by the hand of the Lady of the Lake and brought back under the water. In the series, it is Merlin who returns the sword to the lake after Arthur's death, and Freya catches it in her hand and draws it back under the water.

Norse MythologyEdit

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Freya (traditionally spelt Freyja) was the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, sexual desire, gold, sorcery, war, and death. She was the daughter of Njord, the twin sister of Freyr, and the mother of Hnoss and Gersemi by her husband Od. Because her husband was frequently absent, Freya cried tears of red gold for him and searched for him under assumed names. Like the rest of her family, Freya was a member of the Vanir tribe of deities. She was also the owner of the necklace Brisingamen and rode in a chariot pulled by two cats.

Freya (along with the Valkyrie) held dominion over all the dead. They collected the souls of heroes killed in battle, giving them comfort and serving as a guide and companion to them on their journey. The Valkyries would take one half of the dead to Valhalla, which was ruled by the god Odin, while the other half would dwell with Freya in the heavenly field Folkvangr. When Freya and the Valkryie rode forth on their mission, their armour was said to create the beautiful flickering light known as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.[2]

Many songs today praise her. Example: [3]

TriviaEdit

  • Though Freya is clearly based on the Lady of the Lake, she was never referred to by this name in the series.
  • Freya is one of only a few Druids in the series who has never referred to Merlin as Emrys, or spoken to him telepathically.
  • Lancelot, Elyan, and even Arthur were all given funerals very similar to the one Freya was given at the end of 2x09.
  • Some fans have claimed that when Merlin puts Freya into the boat at the end of 2x09, which he then uses magic to push out onto the lake and set on fire, it appears that she is still breathing. It is unknown if this was a production error or if it had something to do with how she returned in 3x13.
  • Freya is not the only character in the series to be given a name from Norse mythology instead of Arthurian Legend (Odin was another), but she is the only major character from Arthurian Legend (as the Lady of the Lake) whose name was changed to that of a Norse god/goddess.
  • Freya was a fan favorite (along with Mordred and Alvarr) to return in series 5. However, the only one of these three to return was Mordred.
  • Before the premiere of series 5, when the first low quality trailer was uploaded to Youtube, a number of fans mistook a short clip of Mithian for Freya. This resulted in a rumour that she would be returning within the first few episodes of series 5, which was ultimately proven false when a clearer shot of the clip was released, revealing that it was Mithian, not Freya.
  • Because the actress chosen to play Queen Mab (Kelly Wenham) in series 5 bears a slight resemblance to Laura Donnelly (Freya's actress), and because Mab was the sister of the Lady of the Lake in the 1998 miniseries Merlin, some fans speculated that Queen Mab would be Freya's sister, despite the fact that Freya's family were all said to have died. However, Queen Mab turned out to be a small fairy-like creature and has no proven connection to Freya whatsoever. (Also, in costume, she looks nothing like Laura Donnelly.)
  • Freya's role in 2x09 seems to be indirectly referenced in 5x11, when Mordred asks Merlin if he "wouldn't do the same, for the woman he loved." However, it is never remotely implied that Mordred actually knows anything about Freya.
  • Because only Freya's arm appears at the end of series 5 (and this was her character's sole appearance in the last two series), some fans speculated that it was Arthur's hand, not Freya's, who caught Excalibur when Merlin returned it to the lake. However, there is no supporting basis for this in either the context of the show or in the legend, and the writers have reportedly confirmed that it is indeed Freya who catches the sword.
    • The confusion was likely due to them supposedly using a male diver's hand for the scene.

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References Edit

  1. Freya_flashback.png
  2. goddessgift.com — The Goddess Freya
  3. popular song on youtube (Freya by Kellianna)
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