The Merlin Page
Merlin and Vivien by H. J. Ford
The Merlin character has been treated very differently by the multitude of authors
dealing with Arthurian legend. This is particularly
true in regard to the manner in which his powers are manifest. Many authors
describe him as an enchanter with magical powers.
Others describe him as a prophet, or in some cases, simply wise. There are several
aspects of Merlin that are almost constant throughout Arthurian legend, however. Merlin is always a mysterious
figure, who rarely explains his reasons for the amazing feats that he performs. In addition, almost without exception, Merlin is associated with
the establishment of King Arthur's kingdom and his early reign. Merlin's origins
are most likely in Welsh legend.