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Myth Buster – Merlin

Updated on March 10, 2011

King Arthur, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, the other Knights of the Round Table and Merlin all lived on the Isle of Avalon, (Camelot), or so the story goes. Since the grave sites of King Arthur and Guinevere were found, meaning that they were not a myth, but real people, does that mean that Sir Lancelot and Merlin were real, as well? It could.

Gerald of Wales, Medieval historian, wrote of the discovery of the graves of King Arthur and Guinevere in his "Liber de Principis instructione" c.1193. I wrote about this discovery in my April 2008 issue of Paranormal Musings Newsletter, (Vol. 8), but what about Merlin? If he was truly a person and not a myth, where did he come from and where did he go?

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth's, Historia Regum Britanniae, ("History of the Kings of Britain", 1137) Merlin was born in the 10th century of a mortal woman, (his mother was reportedly the daughter of the King of Demetia--Dyved, kingdom in southern Wales), and sired by an incubus, the non-human wellspring from whom he inherits his supernatural powers and abilities. So, what’s an incubus? The definition of an incubus is purportedly a demon in male form that lies upon sleepers, especially women, in order to have sexual intercourse with them.

Is it possible that Merlin’s father, the incubus, was really an alien being who mated with a human woman and this is where Merlin obtained the knowledge to perform “magic?” As you all know, I am of the belief that ANYTHING is possible. There have been so many different poems and stories about Merlin that no one can be sure who he really was—only that he was. Whether a hermit or a profit, there have been too many accounts of Merlin for him to be merely a figment of someone’s imagination.

From the earliest accounts in 1137 until the 1998 Mini-series, Merlin has been an intricate part of literature by numerous authors. Some believe that the story of Merlin was based on the life of Ambrosius Aurelius, a historical figure who united the Britons in the mid-to-late fifth century. If this is the case, Merlin could well have been the adviser to King Author.


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      Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      I watch it as well... only we get it on SyFy here, unless it's a different program. It's on Friday nights at 10 p.m. during the summer. I believe in Merlin too! :o)

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I absolutely love the Arthurian tale or the legend of King Arthur and Camelot. I believe that Merlin was actually a real sorcerer! There is obviously magic in this world, good and bad! I watch BBC Merlin and really love it!