Review on an old Character   2 comments

Merlin. The very name brings to mind of an old man, ancient beyond years, wise and mysterious perhaps conjuring some powerful spell. Many writers have done their take on this character and given many versions. In almost all of them he is a powerful wizard and King Arthur’s trusted advisor.

My first introduction to Merlin was through a film that came out about the character. It was okay but it failed to really whet my interest. Then I got the Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead. It retold the story of not only King Arthur but Merlin and delved into his back story and heritage as the son of an Atlantean princess and a druid. The story was well told and actually got me interested in the character for the first time. It was after all much different from the usual versions and at the time I really was a fan of the ancient Celts which Lawhead had in the story.

However, there were some things I did not care for. One was how Merlin uses druidic powers in times of peril and at the same time prays to God. And go figure, Morgan, or Morgian as she’s called in this, uses those same powers as well. And she’s the bad one. Sound a little funny there? And two, he was pretty graphic on a woman’s anatomy. I know Morgan was supposed to be beautiful and seductive but do we really have to hear about things that are supposed to be private? So that was my biggest gripe against the series.

Then I got the Dragons in our Midst series by Bryan Davis. Instead of a wizard, Merlin is portrayed as a prophet who can wield power from God and receives direction from him. It is repeatedly emphasized in the story that he does not do magic and many times when a person calls him a magician he corrects them. Mr. Davis has portrayed Merlin the best, in my opinion, and succeeded in making me really like a character who I have not cared for in years.

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Posted July 26, 2011 by J.M. Christian in Uncategorized

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  1. Hmm. That’s really interesting. My opinion of Merlin has mostly been from the BBC television show, ‘Merlin’. The show doesn’t really follow Arthurian legend. Merlin’s young, and Arthur is young, Uther still king. Merlin keeps saving Camelot, et cetera et cetera. The only thing I don’t like is the whole magic thing. I’ll definitely have to check this Bryan Davis out.

    • I haven’t seen that show but I have heard about it,
      You would like Bryan Davis’ version. I have never cared for Merlin but after reading how he wrote the character, it came to grow on me.

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