Oh, Merlin. Sometimes I love the character, sometimes I really dislike him. That’s one of the interesting things about legendary characters – depending on the interpretation, the characters can have completely different personalities and completely different motivations. Arthurian mythology seems to lend to this extremely well, for all of the characters – in some stories, certain characters are Christian, some are evil, some are magical… in other stories, it can be the complete opposite. And so, for this week, I wanted to take a look at a bunch of different stories about Merlin – sometimes a magician, sometimes a wise man, sometimes a pagan priest, and sometimes something else entirely…
- The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper. First book, Over Sea, Under Stone, published 1965. LT
- The Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock. First book, Celtika, published 2001. LT
- That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis. Originally Published 1945. LT
- Merlin Dreams by Peter Dickinson. Originally Published 1988. LT
- The Once and Future King by T.H. White. Originally Published 1958. LT
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Originally Published 1982. LT
- The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart. First book, The Crystal Cave, published 1970. LT
- Kingdom of the Grail by Judith Tarr. Originally Published 2000. LT
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. Originally Published 1889. LT
- The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead. First book, Taliesin, published 1987. LT
Do you like the character Merlin? What books have you read about him?
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