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Merlin was an all-powerful wizard of medieval times, having close ties with King Arthur.

History[]

Merlin once gifted Sir Justin with an enchanted sword, armor, and flying steed named Winged Victory.

After Jason Blood betrayed Arthur for his love, Morgaine Le Fay by opening the gates of Camelot, Merlin cursed Jason with a bond to the demon, Etrigan. Merlin, before his death, also hid the Philosopher's Stone in an ark (a stone crypt of sorts).

Appearances[]

The New Batman Adventures[]

  • "The Demon Within" (Mentioned Only)

Justice League[]

  • "A Knight of Shadows, Part I"
  • "A Knight of Shadows, Part II" (Hallucination)

Justice League Unlimited[]

  • "The Balance" (Mentioned Only)
  • "Patriot Act" (Mentioned Only)

Merlin (Welsh: Myrddin, Cornish: Marzhin, Breton: Merzhin) is a mythical figure prominently featured in the legend of King Arthur and best known as a magician, with several other main roles. The familiar depiction of Merlin, based on an amalgamation of historic and legendary figures, was introduced by the 12th-century British pseudo-historical author Geoffrey of Monmouth and then built on by the French poet[citation needed] Robert de Boron and their prose successors in the 13th century.

Geoffrey seems to have combined earlier Welsh tales of Myrddin and Ambrosius, two legendary Briton prophets with no connection to Arthur, to form the composite figure that he called Merlinus Ambrosius. His rendering of the character became immediately popular, especially in Wales. Later chronicle and romance writers in France and elsewhere expanded the account to produce a fuller, more multifaceted image, creating one of the most important figures in the imagination and literature of the Middle Ages.

Merlin's traditional biography casts him as an often-mad cambion, born of a mortal woman and an incubus, from whom he inherits his supernatural powers and abilities. His most notable abilities commonly include prophecy and shapeshifting. Merlin matures to an ascendant sagehood and engineers the birth of Arthur through magic and intrigue. Later stories have Merlin as an advisor and mentor to the young king until his disappearance from the tale, leaving behind a series of prophecies foretelling the events yet to come. A popular version from the French prose cycles tells of Merlin being bewitched and forever sealed up or killed by his student, the Lady of the Lake after falling in love with her. Other texts variously describe his retirement or death.

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