FANDOM


Line 3: Line 3:
 
|image = [[Image:Merlin301_1215.jpg|250px]]
 
|image = [[Image:Merlin301_1215.jpg|250px]]
 
|origin = Unknown
 
|origin = Unknown
|appearances = ''[[The Tears of Uther Pendragon]]''}}The '''mandrake''' is a magical plant used frequently in [[spells]] and rituals. The root was also thought to scream when it was dug up from the ground, killing everyone who heard its cries. In the [[Merlin (TV Series)|show]], the mandrake is a big and grey root, similar to a straw voodoo doll.[[ Morgause]], with the help of her half-sister [[Morgana]], used it to enchant [[Uther Pendragon]] and make him lose his mind. [[Morgause]] prepared a [[Potions|potion]] in a big cauldron, a thick, dense, black liquid similar to dark mud, and threw a handkerchief, which had the tears of Uther on it with the root itself in it that sank in the potion. While doing this, the mandrake emitted a piercing scream that only those with magic could hear. For those without [[magic]], [[File:Merlin03x01.jpg|thumb|left|Morgause hands Morgana the mandrake root.]][[Morgause]] explained, the root would pierce the very recesses of the soul, twisting the unconscious into the very image of fear and dread. She then pronounced a [[Spells|spell]] ("'''Mid þæm wundorcræft þæs ealdan æwe ic þe hate nime Utheres wopdropan ond þa gemengan mid his blod. Sy he under wittig ond deofol seocnes his heorte afylþ'''") and took the root from the cauldron. Morgana placed it under Uther's bed, and the liquid started to drip from the mandrake.
+
|appearances = ''[[The Tears of Uther Pendragon]]''}}The '''mandrake''' is a magical plant used frequently in [[spells]] and rituals. The root was also thought to scream when it was dug up from the ground, killing everyone who heard its cries. In the [[Merlin (TV Series)|show]], the mandrake is a big and grey root, similar to a straw voodoo doll.
  +
  +
==Use on Uther==
  +
  +
[[Morgause]], with the help of her half-sister [[Morgana]], used it to enchant [[Uther Pendragon]] and make him lose his mind. [[Morgause]] prepared a [[Potions|potion]] in a big cauldron, a thick, dense, black liquid similar to dark mud, and threw a handkerchief, which had the tears of Uther on it with the root itself in it that sank in the potion. While doing this, the mandrake emitted a piercing scream that only those with magic could hear. For those without [[magic]], [[File:Merlin03x01.jpg|thumb|left|Morgause hands Morgana the mandrake root.]][[Morgause]] explained, the root would pierce the very recesses of the soul, twisting the unconscious into the very image of fear and dread. She then pronounced a [[Spells|spell]] ("'''Mid þæm wundorcræft þæs ealdan æwe ic þe hate nime Utheres wopdropan ond þa gemengan mid his blod. Sy he under wittig ond deofol seocnes his heorte afylþ'''") and took the root from the cauldron. Morgana placed it under Uther's bed, and the liquid started to drip from the mandrake.
  +
   
 
The spell caused Uther to hallucinate, seeing people who had died because of his choices and actions before [[File:Merlin301_1315.jpg|thumb|The root under Uther's bed.]]and during the[[ Great Purge]]. These included his wife [[Igraine De Bois|Ygraine]] frightened and bleeding, begging Uther not to harm her and an unknown drowned [[Ghost Boy|boy]], who was revealed by [[Gaius]] to be one of the many children Uther had killed simply because of the magic they had inherited from their parents. The spell gave the impression to the people of [[Camelot]] that their King was losing his mind.
 
The spell caused Uther to hallucinate, seeing people who had died because of his choices and actions before [[File:Merlin301_1315.jpg|thumb|The root under Uther's bed.]]and during the[[ Great Purge]]. These included his wife [[Igraine De Bois|Ygraine]] frightened and bleeding, begging Uther not to harm her and an unknown drowned [[Ghost Boy|boy]], who was revealed by [[Gaius]] to be one of the many children Uther had killed simply because of the magic they had inherited from their parents. The spell gave the impression to the people of [[Camelot]] that their King was losing his mind.
  +
   
 
Every night [[Morgana]] had to return to Morgause's cave and cover again the mandrake root with the potion. One night she was seen by a [[guard]] who thought she was bleeding, and she was forced to kill him.
 
Every night [[Morgana]] had to return to Morgause's cave and cover again the mandrake root with the potion. One night she was seen by a [[guard]] who thought she was bleeding, and she was forced to kill him.
   
[[File:Merlin302_0286.jpg|thumb|left|Morgana worsens the enchantment. ]]Morgana also worsened Uther's sickness by wrapping the mandrake up with a string and pulling it twice: this caused the root to scream, like if it was in pain, and so Uther had another vision of Ygraine with many drowned boys, begging the King not to harm them.
+
[[File:Merlin302_0286.jpg|thumb|left|Morgana worsens the enchantment. ]]
  +
Morgana also worsened Uther's sickness by wrapping the mandrake up with a string and pulling it twice: this caused the root to scream, like if it was in pain, and so Uther had another vision of Ygraine with many drowned boys, begging the King not to harm them.
   
 
The root was in the end destroyed by [[Merlin]], who threw it into some flames. Without the root, Morgause's enchantment no longer held and Uther recovered (''[[The Tears of Uther Pendragon]]'').
 
The root was in the end destroyed by [[Merlin]], who threw it into some flames. Without the root, Morgause's enchantment no longer held and Uther recovered (''[[The Tears of Uther Pendragon]]'').
Line 16: Line 17:
 
*Although never confirmed or explained, it is possible that when a mandrake's effects on a person are worsened, it can partially reduce a person's consciousness and focus the victim more on their visions than their surroundings. In fact, when [[Uther]]'s sickness was worsened, he was so lost in visions that he was unaware that [[Morgana]] was standing in front of him even when he was awake.
 
*Although never confirmed or explained, it is possible that when a mandrake's effects on a person are worsened, it can partially reduce a person's consciousness and focus the victim more on their visions than their surroundings. In fact, when [[Uther]]'s sickness was worsened, he was so lost in visions that he was unaware that [[Morgana]] was standing in front of him even when he was awake.
 
*According to [[Katie McGrath]] (''[[Morgana]]''), in the audio commentary of Series 3 Episode 1 ''([[The Tears of Uther Pendragon|The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part One]])'', she and [[Emilia Fox]] (''[[Morgause]]'') were so fond of the Mandrake root they nicknamed it 'Manny'.
 
*According to [[Katie McGrath]] (''[[Morgana]]''), in the audio commentary of Series 3 Episode 1 ''([[The Tears of Uther Pendragon|The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part One]])'', she and [[Emilia Fox]] (''[[Morgause]]'') were so fond of the Mandrake root they nicknamed it 'Manny'.
*The Mandrake Root will most likely return in [[The Dark Tower]] to drive [[Gwen]] into insanity, as it has been seen in the trailer.
 
 
[[Category:Magic]]
 
[[Category:Magic]]
 
[[Category:Objects]]
 
[[Category:Objects]]

Revision as of 17:15, November 10, 2012

The mandrake is a magical plant used frequently in spells and rituals. The root was also thought to scream when it was dug up from the ground, killing everyone who heard its cries. In the show, the mandrake is a big and grey root, similar to a straw voodoo doll.

Use on Uther

Morgause, with the help of her half-sister Morgana, used it to enchant Uther Pendragon and make him lose his mind. Morgause prepared a potion in a big cauldron, a thick, dense, black liquid similar to dark mud, and threw a handkerchief, which had the tears of Uther on it with the root itself in it that sank in the potion. While doing this, the mandrake emitted a piercing scream that only those with magic could hear. For those without magic,
Merlin03x01

Morgause hands Morgana the mandrake root.

Morgause explained, the root would pierce the very recesses of the soul, twisting the unconscious into the very image of fear and dread. She then pronounced a spell ("Mid þæm wundorcræft þæs ealdan æwe ic þe hate nime Utheres wopdropan ond þa gemengan mid his blod. Sy he under wittig ond deofol seocnes his heorte afylþ") and took the root from the cauldron. Morgana placed it under Uther's bed, and the liquid started to drip from the mandrake.


The spell caused Uther to hallucinate, seeing people who had died because of his choices and actions before
Merlin301 1315

The root under Uther's bed.

and during the Great Purge. These included his wife Ygraine frightened and bleeding, begging Uther not to harm her and an unknown drowned boy, who was revealed by Gaius to be one of the many children Uther had killed simply because of the magic they had inherited from their parents. The spell gave the impression to the people of Camelot that their King was losing his mind.


Every night Morgana had to return to Morgause's cave and cover again the mandrake root with the potion. One night she was seen by a guard who thought she was bleeding, and she was forced to kill him.

Merlin302 0286

Morgana worsens the enchantment.

Morgana also worsened Uther's sickness by wrapping the mandrake up with a string and pulling it twice: this caused the root to scream, like if it was in pain, and so Uther had another vision of Ygraine with many drowned boys, begging the King not to harm them.

The root was in the end destroyed by Merlin, who threw it into some flames. Without the root, Morgause's enchantment no longer held and Uther recovered (The Tears of Uther Pendragon).

Trivia

  • Although never confirmed or explained, it is possible that when a mandrake's effects on a person are worsened, it can partially reduce a person's consciousness and focus the victim more on their visions than their surroundings. In fact, when Uther's sickness was worsened, he was so lost in visions that he was unaware that Morgana was standing in front of him even when he was awake.
  • According to Katie McGrath (Morgana), in the audio commentary of Series 3 Episode 1 (The Tears of Uther Pendragon: Part One), she and Emilia Fox (Morgause) were so fond of the Mandrake root they nicknamed it 'Manny'.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.