Great show but..

I love the show so far, 6 episodes in. Maybe I'm wrong here, but I was under the assumption that Merlin was hundreds/thousands of years older than Arthur and very much an old wizard by the time they met? Granted this show makes for a great story, but am I right here, or what's going on?

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Nov 12, 2008 3:28PM EST

Your half right and half wrong.....
The disney version is that merlin is a great old and wise wizard
But the real story goes that they're about the same age.
Hope that cleared things up a bit

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Nov 12, 2008 8:57PM EST

Awesome, thanks for the clarification, cheers to them for going by the original story then!

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Nov 16, 2008 7:30AM EST

A lot of this story will be wrong. I talked a bit to the producers of Merlin (as well as Colin Morgan and Bradley James) and they said it was a re-write of the story with similarities but also a lot of differences as this is (sort of) a modernized storyline.

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Nov 16, 2008 3:49PM EST

Out of curiosity, what is considered the original story? Is there a book or series of books that started it all? If so, are they public domain yet (I like free stuff)? Does anyone know where to get them (for free IF THEY'RE PUBLIC DOMAIN.. none of that illegal crap)?

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Nov 16, 2008 6:56PM EST

the once and future king. read it

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Nov 16, 2008 6:58PM EST

Its around 1000 pages but is widely considered the best book on Arthur.. it drags in spots but overall its a good read.

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Nov 17, 2008 4:29PM EST

i don't get what sheenasa means by the real story, there is no real story to arthur thats half the point so how could there be a real story to merlin

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Nov 18, 2008 3:26AM EST

There are real stories to Merlin - plural, though.
Merlin (also known as Ambrosius and Taliesin) was a boy seer in Welsh legend. Arthur was a rather late British figure, but he shows up in a lot of older stories that have presumably been edited over time.
Merlin would have been older than Arthur because he was alive when Arthur's father Uther (in some versions of the story anyway) came to power, but not necessarily by more than a handful of years.

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Nov 29, 2008 12:49PM EST

"SIR knight, said the king, leave that quest, and suffer me to have it, and I will follow it another twelvemonth. Ah, fool, said the knight unto Arthur, it is in vain thy desire, for it shall never be achieved but by me, or my next kin. Therewith he started unto the king's horse and mounted into the saddle, and said, Gramercy, this horse is my own. Well, said the king, thou mayst take my horse by force, but an I might prove thee whether thou were better on horseback or I.—Well, said the knight, seek me here when thou wilt, and here nigh this well thou shalt find me, and so passed on his way. Then the king sat in a study, and bade his men fetch his horse as fast as ever they might. Right so came by him Merlin like a child of fourteen year of age, and saluted the king, and asked him why he was so pensive. I may well be pensive, said the king, for I have seen the marvellest sight that ever I saw. That know I well, said Merlin, as well as thyself, and of all thy thoughts, but thou art but a fool to take thought, for it will not amend thee. Also I know what thou art, and who was thy father, and of whom thou wert begotten; King Uther Pendragon was thy father, and begat thee on Igraine. That is false, said King Arthur, how shouldest thou know it, for thou art not so old of years to know my father? Yes, said Merlin, I know it better than ye or any man living. I will not believe thee, said Arthur, and was wroth with the child. So departed Merlin, and came again in the likeness of an old man of fourscore year of age, whereof the king was right glad, for he seemed to be right wise.
Then said the old man, Why are ye so sad? I may well be heavy, said Arthur, for many things. Also here was a child, and told me many things that meseemeth he should not know, for he was not of age to know my father. Yes, said the old man, the child told you truth, and more would he have told you an ye would have suffered him. But ye have done a thing late that God is displeased with you, for ye have lain by your sister, and on her ye have gotten a child that shall destroy you and all the knights of your realm. What are ye, said Arthur, that tell me these tidings? I am Merlin, and I was he in the child's likeness. Ah, said King Arthur, ye are a marvellous man, but I marvel much of thy words that I must die in battle. Marvel not, said Merlin, for it is God's will your body to be punished for your foul deeds; but I may well be sorry, said Merlin, for I shall die a shameful death, to be put in the earth quick, and ye shall die a worshipful death. And as they talked this, came one with the king's horse, and so the king mounted on his horse, and Merlin on another, and so rode unto Carlion. And anon the king asked Ector and Ulfius how he was begotten, and they told him Uther Pendragon was his father and Queen Igraine his mother. Then he said to Merlin, I will that my mother be sent for that I may speak with her; and if she say so herself then will I believe it. In all haste, the queen was sent for, and she came and brought with her Morgan le Fay, her daughter, that was as fair a lady as any might be, and the king welcomed Igraine in the best manner." Le Morte D'Arthurby Sir Thomas Malory(ca. 1405-1471)

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