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Arthurian Legend plays a major part of literature, and a major role in these legends is the ominous Merlin. The original legends were constantly changing to create the image we see today of not only Merlin but many of the characters in the legend. In the 21st century, many movies and TV shows portray Merlin as a powerful wizard whose sole purpose is to mentor and protect King Arthur, so he can one day rule Camelot. However, Merlin’s story is much more complex: Merlin “embodie[s] ancient Christian and pagan magical traditions, recreated for a medieval court and shaped to fit a new moral framework” (Lawrence-Mathers). The Merlin recognized today is credited to Geoffrey and many other great writers who developed Geoffrey’s initial ideas.