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April 07, 2013

an ode to arthur pendragon

Bella and Anna are putting on a super awesome Merlin Blog Party!  Which I'm really late posting about, as this is the last day.  Oops.  You can still enter the giveaway, though.  And there's a tag and all sorts of lovely Merlin-ness.  Make sure to go join in!

ArthurArthur Pendragon.  The once and future king. Ruler of Camelot.  Uniter of Albion.  Bringer of justice and equality.  Sits at a big round table, carries a really nice sword, hangs out with a powerful sorcerer with a sense of humour   can't miss him.  
Whatever opinions I had of him from reading any book (mainly T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone and one or two of it's sequels) or watching any movie about him (such as The Sword of the Stone.  You can tell I like The Sword in the Stone, can't you?  Well.  How, I ask you, am I supposed to help it if the book is magnificently hilarious   the jousting match between Pellinore and Grummore, anyone?   and the movie is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Disney movies of all time?  And I'm not confirming the rumour that I spent a considerable part of my childhood asking squirrels if they had seen Arthur or Merlin hanging about anywhere, but I'm not denying it either.), and whether I liked him or not, they way Bradley James portrayed him was perfect.

I didn't like him at first.  But really, who did?  He's just such a dollopheaded prat!  

Or was, anyway.  It wasn't until episode 4, The Poisoned Chalice, that he first compelled me to like him.  I think it was exactly that moment when Gaius told him he'd probably die a gruesome death if he went to get that flowerthingymabob to save the life of that rather impertinent "idiot" (his words, not mine) servant of his and he replied: "Sounds like fun."  
And then I was all "Arthur, just stand right there, 'cause I'm gonna hug you. Ok, go save Merlin now." 

GAH.  And then in The Labyrinth of Gedref, when Arthur drank the wine from both cups to save Merlin.  Idiot, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Because you see, even if he comes across as a is a "spoiled, arrogant brat with the brains of a donkey and the face of a toad" (although, given the streak of mental illness that obviously runs in the family, he does surprisingly well for himself), he is so willing to serve his friends and all of his people, right down to the lowliest peasant. 

He stands up to that idiot father of his (Uther. Gorlog's beard, man! Get thee to a therapist!) when he gets too unbelievably Uther-ish.  

And on top of all his heroic magnificence, he is absolutely hilarious (have you watched his video diaries?  they are the best video diaries ever. not even kidding.) and his turnip head facial expressions make my day. 

And then, of course, his relationship with Merlin.  So good. So very good.  And I have nothing more to say on how much I love it.

...and I'm your lionheartYou're my king...

So here's to you, Arthur Pendragon.  I'm not saying I love you any more than Merlin, 'cause I don't, but you are fantastic.  The sort of fantastic that's always said in Nine's voice.  

I'm Nessíma Tavariel, and I approve of Arthur Pendragon. 


  1. The more I see of Arthur the more I like him. He has his annoying moments still, but I think part of it is he has trouble expressing himself - unlike Merlin who never hesitates to say what is on his mind. (Well, usually.)
    But, in spite of his partness from time to time, I really like him. He cares for his friends and people, even when it is at risk to his own life.

  2. Oh my goodness I can't believe I didn't comment here! your post on Arthur was brilliant! I adore Arthur, he has my undivided love. There are times when he is annoying and stupid, but overall he is a good man who cares for his friends and wants to do the right thing. He and Merlin are brilliant together.
    Where are you on Merlin? have you finished Season 5? :'(

    1. I'm halfway through season 4. I was watching it on youtube, but then it was taken off and now I can't find it anywhere and I am in agony and AHHH. *rips hear out*