Agents

Merlin

  • Subject:magicians
magician in Arthurian legend; primarily a creation of Geoffrey of Monmouth, who appears to have based his character on the prophet Myrddin as well as Ambrosius Aurelianus.


See also: Ambrosius AurelianusAmbrosius Aurelianus
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King ArthurKing Arthur
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MyrddinMyrddin
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Sources

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Eson, Lawrence E., “Merlin’s last cry: ritual burial and rebirth of the poet in Celtic and Norse tradition”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 55 (2006): 181–200.
Padel, O. J., “Geoffrey of Monmouth and the development of the Merlin legend”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 51 (Summer, 2006): 37–65.
Jarman, A. O. H., “The Merlin legend and the Welsh tradition of prophecy”, in: Bromwich, Rachel, A. O. H. Jarman, and Brynley F. Roberts (eds.), The Arthur of the Welsh. The Arthurian legend in medieval Welsh literature, Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages 1, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1991. 117–145.
Constantine, Mary-Ann, “Neither flesh nor fowl: Merlin as bird-man in Breton folk tradition”, Arthurian Literature 21 (2004): 95–114.