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For questions about Merlin, a mythological medieval British mage who assisted King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot, among others.

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What specific shapes does Merlin (or myrddin) assume in the various arthurian legends/stories?

Although many summaries mention that Merlin's shapeshifting was a prominent part of several arthurian stories or myths, the only specific mention of which shapes he assumes is that of a bird (in ...
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What does Elis Gruffydd mean by "the tenor of his songs"? What does this mean about Myrddin's father?

I was reading The Story of Myrddin Wyllt (which appears to be another name for Merlin and the Five Dreams of Gwenddydd), written by Elis Gruffydd. It concerns Myrddin Wyllt, who is identified with ...
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In Vita Merlini, what did Merlin attribute his power of prophecy to?

In Vita Merlini, Merlin goes quite mad for a while, speaking of Britain in the past and remarking on nature and religion. He makes grand prophecies of what will happen in the future - he is, after all,...
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How old was Merlin when he died?

There are many different accounts of the life of Merlin, one of the noted magical figures in the tales of King Arthur. Some accounts do not cover the end of his life, while others state that he died ...
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