Write a “backwards blog” from the point of view of Merlin. Because Merlin ages in reverse in The Once and Future King, a blog by him would go in reverse, at least from everyone else’s point of view.
Our Merlin is a composite Merlin, built from the many, many different interpretations we have of him. This means that the Merlin of our time is a man of contradictions. He is, in fact, backwards.
One of the greatest kings of myth. Isn’t that just a little odd that a man of contradictions can shape a mighty king?
Merlin not only brings about Arthur’s birth but, now, in modern version teaches or even raises the boy. What does he teach: Politics Military Etiquette (“chivalry”)
What Merlin provides a young Arthur is social experience, good and bad. This is a time of no communication. There is no way of easily passing on the vast stores of social information that a king needs. It requires a more complex mentor to teach a hero the good and bad that he will contend with.
Lancelot: A Knight of Only together are they an Love effective force. Gawain: A Knight of Separate, they are highly Strength dysfunctional men. Percival: A Knight of They are heros but they Nature are not kings. Galahad: A Knight of Holyness
THE KING requires more than heroic deeds or motivations. He has to be more complex. He requires the experience of society, of all sections of society good and bad. Merlin brings the complexity of society. The mix of influences. The experience a young king will need.
What I’m saying is it takes a man who was “born” out of a tomb, raised by his lover, graffitis graves, assists in adultery, casually dresses up as other people, takes children that aren’t his, and may be the Antichrist to represent the Internet and raise a perfect king.And he should be played by Brad Pitt.
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