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One of the most fascinating figures in the Welsh mythology and the Arthurian legend is Merlin, the great wizard, prophet and adviser to several kings, including King Arthur. In this page, we will take a closer look at the role that Merlin played, as well as tried to piece together of what had happened to him in his final hours. Merlin is one of the most fascinating figures in the Welsh literature and the Arthurian legend. Merlin wore many hats: he was a wizard or sorcerer, a prophet, a bard, an adviser and a tutor. He appeared as a young boy with no father.
He appeared as an old, wise man, freely giving his wisdom to four successive British kings. He was dotting old fool, who couldn’t control his lust over beautiful women, who hold him in fear and contempt. According to the Welsh historian, Nennius, Merlin appeared as a young boy, but under the name of Emrys or as Ambrosius in Latin, with the British king, Vortigern. History of the Kings of Britain”, c. Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote that he was a son of a nun and grandson of the King of Demetia in southern Wales. As to his father, he was either a devil or an incubus.
Merlin is a paradox, he was the son of the devil, yet he was the servant of God. Merlin had being identified to the Welsh fictional bard named Myrddin of the late 6th century, in the Welsh poem called Afallenau and several other poems, preserved in the manuscript known as the Black Book of Carmarthen, c. These rather old Welsh poems appeared rather obscure and gibberish. Geoffrey of Monmouth composed a similar tale of Merlin’s madness, written in Latin, known as Vita Merlin or the “Life of Merlin”, in 1150. In this version, he was known as Merlin Calidonius. Here, he has a sister and a wife, but there’s no mention of his parents. It is the only text that mentioned Merlin having a wife.
Many scholars were puzzled over his birth, his magical power, his prophetic gifts and his mysterious yet often conflicting fate. These two contradictory works had led many scholars to believe that there are two different people with the same name, Merlin. It should be understood that the early known work on Merlin has nothing to do with King Arthur or his knights. So before you read about Merlin, the friend and adviser of Arthur, we need to look where he had come from. Brut was written by Layamon, c. Merlin was written by Robert de Boron, c. Vulgate Merlin or Prose Merlin was adaptation of Boron’s Merlin, c.
Suite de Merlin was part of Post Vulgate Cycle, c. Le Morte d’Arthur was written by Thomas Malory, 1469. Merlin was rumored to have been the son of a demon or an incubus and a mortal woman who was a nun. Merlin was probably born in the town of Carmarthen. Because of his link with a demon and God, Merlin had great wisdom and powers from the two opposing forces. Prose Merlin or the Vulgate Merlin, because it was part of the Vulgate Cycle.
Merlin’s birth and how he had gained his powers of foresight and magic. Though, a princess, she became a nun. After King Vortigern lost his battle and much of his territory lost to the Saxons, he fled into Wales, where he decided to build a fortress. Everyday he had part of the wall built, but it would collapse the next day. The elders led by Magan, advised the king to find a boy without a father, kill the boy, and use the boy’s blood mixed with mortar, so the building would not crumbled again.