After Merlin killed Nimueh, the Cup of Life fell from her possession to Iseldir's for an unknown reason. He now leads a group of Druids inside Cenred's kingdom, near to the border of Camelot, his group Druids looked for survivors among the fallen patrol from Camelot after they were slaughtered on Cenred's orders. Sir Leon was the only one they could save. Iseldir used The Cup of to life restore Sir Leon back to health.
Uther Pendragon sent Arthur on a quest to take the Cup from the Druids and have it stored in the Vaults of Camelot. Once Arthur found the Druids, Iseldir handed him the Cup but warned him of its powers. As Arthur left, Iseldir telepathically contacted Merlin, referring to him by his Druid name, Emrys, informing him that he was now the Cup's caretaker (The Coming of Arthur). It is unknown if the cup returned to his hands after Morgana's dethroning.
In the druid Camp where Julius Borden broke in, he seemed to live there, upon finding him, he led the druids after him, when Borden grabbed another druid, he told him that the Traskelion was not worth someone's life, only for Borden to reply, "why not, I have wasted 20 years of my life on it."
As they camp during the night, Merlin hears a voice inside his head calling to him and it leads him to the Druids. The Iseldir tell Merlin that Borden has stolen the keys parts from them and that the way to the tomb is at a place which appears to be a dead end. They also warn him that the key is also a trap, as is the tomb itself (Aithusa).