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Merlin Magician Merlin, the greatest magician of all time.
He lived, if indeed he lived at all, in Wales and southern England during the dawn of Christianity in those lands, long before written historical records were kept. Yet, his name is universally recognized around the world as synonymous with magic, and his popular image is almost as well known as that of Santa Claus. The beginning and ends of all things are all within Merlin’s sight. he keeps the prophecies of the future, he holds the memories of all that has passed. When you hear the name Merlin an immediate image springs into the mind of an old man with a flowing white beard and bushy white eyebrows, dressed in a midnight blue robe and a tall pointed hat covered with stars. He is the prototypical wizard.

Merlin is best known as the teacher and advisor of Arthur Pendragon, king of all the Britons. The legends of these two mythical figures are linked, but there is no certain proof that either man existed. Supposedly on Merlin’s advice the famous Round Table of Arthur’s court was built and he helped select 50 of the knights who were to sit at the table.

The popular myth of Merlin, as we know it today, has come down to us primarily from two sources; one, the historian Geoffrey of Monmouth and the other, a writer, Sir Thomas Malory. Both men collected bits and pieces from earlier sources. Most of Malory’s work was based on the French Arthurian prose cycle, a group of French medieval romances centered around the court of King Arthur. Before Malory, both Merlin and Arthur were better known on the Continent than they were in England. Malory’s work crystallized the Arthurian legend into the form we recognize today. We know Merlin as a mysterious figure whose origin is uncertain.

Tintagel, Cornwall, is said to be the birth place of the legendry King Arthur. Merlin's Cave is in the bay at the base of the ruins of Tintagel Castle. The cave fills with sea water at high tide, but at low tide it can be accessed from the castle entrance. Steep steps go down to the sea. It is very atmospheric, the whole area is steeped with history, myth, magic and folklore. As you sit on the rock by the mouth of the cave you get lost in the ambience of the place. You can imagine Merlin emerging from his cave, his cape and his long white beard flowing in the wind. It is easy to understand why so many wonderful stories have arisen around Tintagel, Tintagel Castle, about Merlin and King Arthur and his Knights of The Round Table.
Merlin's Cave is probably so-called because of the Tennyson's poems, Idylls of the King, in which, Merlin plucks the infant Arthur from the sea:

When Uther in Tintagil passed away
Moaning and wailing for an heir...
the two [Merlin and Bleys}
Dropt to the cove, and watched
the great sea fall,
Wave after wave, each mightier than the last,
Til last, a ninth one, gathering half the deep
And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged
Roaring, and all the wave was in a flame:
And down the wave and in the flame was borne
A naked babe, and rode to Merlin's feet,
Who stoopt and caught the babe, and cried,
'The King!
Here is an heir for Uther!'

The TV series, Merlin, is the fantasy drama based on the legends surrounding, the wizard Merlin and King Arthur. (Arthur Pendragon son of Uther Pendragon).

Coming soon... information on The Legend of King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table


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