Merlin: Shaman, Prophet, Magician
MERLIN remains the most famous and familiar image of the magician that we possess. Best known as the adviser of the young Kin Arthur, he was also a famous seer, whose books of prophecies have been reprinted countless times since the Middle Ages. he continues to appear in modern times, in film-most recently in the blockbuster King Arthur -TV, and fiction, and is still the subject of study today, as an exponent of shamanism and ancient wisdom.
Arthurian expert John Matthews examines the many guises of Merlin-as seer, prophet, lover and magician, and as an inspiration to people from all walks of life. Here we see the possible historic origin of Merlin as a Celtic leader, the later literary forms of his growing legend in the myths of King Arthur, and his more recent manifestations in visionary works, as the prototype of characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the star Wars films, Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.