A young man named Gilli is robbed of his sword outside of Camelot. What the thieves do not realize (or anyone else, for that matter, except of course Merlin) is that he is in possession of an enchanted ring, inherited from his father. Gilli is determined to win the tournament, which he will with the aid of magic.
As the tournament progresses, Uther and Arthur will face each other in the semi finals. Meanwhile, Gilli’s conscience gets the best of him when he kills one of the thieves in battle, the first time he has ever killed a man.
The stereotype of Merlin the sorcerer from legends is a sage old man who uses his wisdom just as much, if not more, than his magic to help others. Merlin is proving himself just that: the sage boy, guiding others to the ‘right’ path, without, as was the case with this episode, using his magic to manipulate their decisions. Well, almost. this goes awry when Gilli continues to compete for glory’s sake.
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