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Merlin is a popular character when it comes to the stories of King Arthurand other stories dealing with the Arthurian age In most of the storieswritten about him they refer to him as the magician kingmaker and prophetWe also know him as the one that takes care of Arthur from birth who sethim on the throne who established him there in the early days of his reignas king While most books agree that he knew King Arthur and watched overhim from birth what was he really was he a magician with a beard in a tallpointed hat and long cloak with a magic wand that performed magic or was hea prophet that could for see the future as portrayed in the Crystal Cave In the Crystal Cave Merlin is portrayed as a prophet that can see intothe future with the help of the pattern of crystals in the cave that hediscovered Here he is not portrayed as a magician but rather it shows ushis technical abilities like when he moved Hele Stone of Stonehenge withthe machine he built rather then raising the whole stone or causing it tofly through the air or float across the sea He is then portrayed as thekingmaker when at the end he is given Arthur to raise and teach so hewould be ready to take over the thrown when he got older Merlin may also be known as a lover Last Enchantment when while underArthurs rule Merlin retires to the wilderness and there is attacked y asubtle poison given to him by Morgause he is later nursed back to health bya young girl named Ninian After that Ninian becomes Merlins pupil untilin the end when his powers begin to fade and she takes over the role ofguardian of Arthurs realm Merlins more passionate side is also showedin a book written by James Branch Cabell In the book titled SomethingAbout Eve Merlin is summoned along with King Solomon and Odysseus to
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