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Here's Why You Totally Recognize Merlin From Netflix's 'Cursed'

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In the world of wizards and whatnot, there is no name more legendary in the Western canon than Merlin. Originally “Myrddin,” he was first featured in Welsh poetry dating back to the fifth century. The character was a romantic figure, a bard driven…
In the world of wizards and whatnot, there is no name more legendary in the Western canon than Merlin. Originally “Myrddin,” he was first featured in Welsh poetry dating back to the fifth century. The character was a romantic figure, a bard driven mad by witnessing war, who became a “wild man of the woods.” His legend inspired variations on the character over centuries, before finally being incorporated into Arthurian chivalric romance. Netflix’s new fantasy series Cursed, being a twist on the King Arthur legend, couldn’t leave him out — but with a twist. But who plays Merlin in Cursed? After seeing the newest iteration of the character, you’re definitely going to want to know more.
Warning: Spoilers for Cursed Season 1 follow. Though there are nearly two millennia of Merlin takes, there are a few characteristics that remain constant: Merlin is long-lived and possesses the wisdom of ages. He’s also usually a trusted advisor of rulers, called in by Kings to use his abilities to help the kingdom or his sorcerer’s sight for advice.

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