The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Merlin Character Analysis

Merlin is one of the most famous wizards in literature, although he plays only a minor part in The Faerie Queene. As with other versions of his character, he plays a role in helping young Arthur on his way to becoming king, and he also plays a role in the story of the knight Britomart, showing her a vision of her eventual husband Arthegall.

Merlin Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Merlin or refer to Merlin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book III: Canto III Quotes

The man whom Heavens have ordaynd to bee
The spouse of Britomart, is Arthegall:
He wonneth in the land of Fayeree

Related Characters: Merlin (speaker), Britomart, Arthegall, Glauce
Page Number: 422
Explanation and Analysis:
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Merlin Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Merlin appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book I: Canto IX
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Arthur talks about how the great wizard Merlin helped tutor him. Merlin told him that he was the heir of a king and... (full context)
Book III: Canto II
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...Britomart herself saw back in Britain, in a magic mirror created by the great wizard Merlin himself. According to the mirror, Arthegall will be her husband. (full context)
Book III: Canto III
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...Britomart, but she remains troubled by her love. She has heard that the great wizard Merlin might be able to show her where her love is located, so they journey to... (full context)
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Merlin is so powerful that he can make the sun and moon obey him. Glauce and... (full context)
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Glauce tells Merlin that the maid with her (Britomart) has an affliction so serious that even leeches can’t... (full context)
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Merlin goes on to tell Arthegall’s future and how he will wage glorious war against the... (full context)
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Merlin continues his story of Arthegall’s descendants, telling of the next 800 years. At last, Merlin... (full context)
Book IV: Canto VI
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...do so, and Britomart is surprised to realize she has seen Arthegall’s face before in Merlin’s mirror. She also drops her weapon. (full context)