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Merlin parody by Aeonna Merlin parody by Aeonna
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Merlin is a TV-series, produced by the BBC, about Merlin from the Arthurian legend. The writers have taken fresh approach to the source material, the set-up is this:

Youthful sorcerer Merlin is newly arrived at Camelot, a castle lorded by king Uther. Uther hates magic and has made it his life's mission to eradicate everyone who practices it. With so much blood on his hands, Uther's Camelot is the natural target of attacks from the few, vengeful magicians who have survived. Merlin is told by a dragon that it is his destiny to protect future king Arthur, so Merlin must defend Camelot from magical attacks, while at the same time keeping his own powers a secret from everyone. A heavy burden indeed, especially since the unwittingly protected Arthur is such a prat.

The core cast is very likeable, and because the writers have changed so many details one can experience a thrill of expectation each time a familiar character presents him-/herself by name, knowing what their main role is but without exactly how events will play out, just that in the end, somehow, everything is going to end in tears.

Comment to anachronisms
The Arthurian legend is traditionally set in the 9th century, sometimes the 12th. The BBC series is hard to pinpoint in time: the clothes appear, in part, to be mediaeval but Camelot looks as though it was built in the 15th century or later. For this Arthurian legend to make sense it would have to be set in the 16th century as they have both potatoes, tomatoes (from America) and glass mirrors (not invented until the 16th century). The telephone catalogues are my own addition. I'm sure I would let even that pass.

Merlin is the intellectual property of the hallowed BBC.
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TomatoMollusk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, I know. I noticed they had tomatoes and was confused. Although, I don't think they were going for accuracy, since they changed a whole bunch in the actual story, like that Arthur lived with Uther his whole life, Guinivere is a serving girl rather than a lord's daughter, and Morgana being there. Morgause was supposed to have slept with Arthur as well, I think, and that was how Mordred was born. And then there's the big one that Merlin's younger than Arthur rather than his tutor. :P Although, I think I like the story better this way. Maybe it's in another dimension, where this all works. I don't think witchcraft was exactly banned, yet, at that time, either. The witch hunts mainly surrounded Constantine adopting Christianity in the fourth century, but it didn't really spread into England or peak until the sixteenth. But Uther's reasons also weren't because of religion. Oh, well. When the show was first described to me, I thought it would be about Arthur as a prince in a kingdom where magic his banned by his father, but then he gets Merlin as a tutor, who he sees as a young man, but everyone else sees as an old man to disguise himself to teach Arthur about his destiny. I wish that was the case instead, actually, but beggars bleed from their ears because who gives a s**t about what they want or however the saying goes~
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, accuracy was definitely not their main concern, I know, and I loved the show. I am just poking fun ;)

Your story synopsis is quite interesting. It would have changed quite a lot. 
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DobbyHasNoMaster Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What i thought was odd was the fact that it had a castle. Castles were brought over by the french when William I conquered England 1066. Before that the only architecture was monasteries and palaces styled from Ancient Rome. Love your drawing it made me laugh.
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, that too! They picked a fairly new castle as well. I have to confess I like the way the castle looks though Blush 
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CarolineLorraine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Mdr hhhhh xDDDDDDDD 
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FantasticalMe Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
LOL
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Superhobbit Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
:rofl:
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Nefertirix Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Tomatoes and black people were the first thing what caught my eye. That would have been interesting in the 9th century. :D However I still enjoy it since it's a tv series not a history lesson. ;) Same thing was with Hercules and Xena though... And with many other films and tv shows. Anyway: your drawing is funny! I LOLed at that one!
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Glad you liked it :)
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AristaLuna Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I have this problem with my roommates. They refuse to even try and enjoy the show because of the inaccuracies. It's frustrating.
Love the comic! (we should definitely throw carebears at Merlin!)
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you!
I hope your roommates will change their minds.
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Celtic-Woman Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
This just about sums up my relationship with this show. The historical inconsistency bothers me but I just can't stop watching!
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's dragging on so that I'm starting to feel a sense of shame from watching it - but it is charming, isn't it?
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walk2strawberryswing Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
OMG! LOL! HIS FACE WITH THE TELEPHONE CATALOGUES! :rofl:
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Faito-chan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
X'D You just made my day XD I'm laughing so hard, it's hard to breathe X'D
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misanthropyinc Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaa, this made me lol so hard XD
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LOL!!... Sorry. What is the name of the ep where Arthur finds out merlons secret?
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Aeonna Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I haven't seen that one! It must be in the most recent series.
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOl there isn't an episode like that.. yet. It there will be one it will be in season 5 which is still in production;)
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rachel-13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist
hhhhhaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaa.
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TheDragonGirl101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
oh god... anything but CAREBEARS!!!
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's only a matter of time...
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NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So funny :).

The legends are actually set in the sixth centuary. There are so many versions (Lancelot did not exist in the earilist ones; Morded was the son of Morgause and King Lot; Morgan Le Fay was not evil and either Arthur's full or half-sister, and was even one of the fay who take Arthur to Avalon; Merlin had a sister...so many!) but most are in the sixth centuary.
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
The version I heard had Morgan Le Fay as Arthur's half sister AND the mother of their common child, Mordred. I'm hoping that's a mix up of several other versions that are slightly less crazy each by their own.
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NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that is a retcon, from what I have heard. I like that there are so many versions, as you can pick your favourite :). Also, the legends are originally Welsh, and Excalibur used to be called 'Caliburn'. Yeah, I read alot of legend stuff...Robin Hood, Beuwulf, King Arthur, etc.
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samantha994 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Please allow me to correct: Excalibur was originally called Caledfwlch, then named Caliburn by Monmouth (latin influence) and Malory called it Excalibur ("Cut steel"). (I have a paper on this, so I couldn't help myself but to correct you.)
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NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I know originally it was Caledwlch. Caliban and Excalibur are two different words in most, though. It is ok.
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samantha994 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Perhaps people are still confused with the whole sword in stone and sword from lake thing... Which I find a shame, but is beautifully adapted in 1981(this may be wrong^^; ) Excalibur =)
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NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, my mum's boyfriend recomented I see that too. I can't find anywhere online/in the shops to watch it, though. Well, it is a cenuaries-old legend. We are bond to get things mixed up somewhere down the line :).
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samantha994 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I saw the DVD on amazone.uk
But I got the real thing from a teacher of mine to do the project: she's a movieholic=p
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Did you see the BBC version of young Robin Hood? It seems to be in the same style as Merlin (but not quite as good).
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NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it was great until season 2, and the chickification of Maid Marian. At least "Merlin" is more historically acurate, though it still is an Anachronism Stew, though I enjoy "Merlin" very much :).
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amydemon Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
omg that is so my family
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Which one are you? I'm the pony tail girl.
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amydemon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
m probably the little kid that's so enthralled with it that she doesn't even know the others are talking haha
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
: D
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amydemon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yep
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Lunawerewolfy Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL!!!!!!!
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Emeoo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student Artist
THAT’S WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT?! i was going to see it, but now that i know how it has nothing to do with merlin at all, but instead another pathetic attempt at recreating history’s stories... aw well, nice comic though, funny.
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Emeoo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Student Artist
THAT’S WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT?! i was going to see it, but now that i know how it has nothing to do with merlin at all, but instead another pathetic attempt at recreating history’s stories... aw well, nice comic though, funny.
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
It is a family-friendly re-telling of the Arthur saga, but don't let that put you off - it isn't all cozy and fluffy, because amid all the happy endings and friendship, as a watcher, you KNOW that everything is doing to go awry in the most horrible, horrible way.
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Emeoo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Artist
k
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youngsasuke Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
XD Epic.
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Ayahne Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student
lol
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AKAICHOUFATALFRAME Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
lol
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PurpleHex666 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
LOL. I love it!
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Shadowdragon5000 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD That's what I thought
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ski-hi-flier Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
oh, gosh. this is hilarious. and so true. ^.^
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks ^^
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TheWidowNextDoor Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
So funny!
Wow, I never really noticed all of the inaccruacies in the show before...:D
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