The popular image of Merlin today differs greatly from the original depiction of the magical, mystical character.
A mystical hero and a historical mystery. A wizard and a scientist. A prophet and a politician. A fighter of evil and the antichrist. Merlin transformed and reinvented himself for generations, constantly shape-shifting and adapting to answer the societal needs of the age. He transcended Welsh and Celtic folklore, entered Arthurian legend, and cast his spell on artists, poets, kings and queens for centuries. If you think Merlin's just a kindly old man with a pointed hat, long white beard and a wand, it's time for another look.
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