|I Love Sci-Fi/Fantasy Because...|
I can't recall ever reading or watching a depiction of Merlin that didn't fascinate or entertain me on some level. This wizard has surfaced in tales and shows I'd never have expected. Even Stargate!
Everything about him is rooted in mystery. The source of his allegiances. The nature of his beliefs. His origins. He's been rumored to be ageless, an alien, aging backwards, and the list goes ever on. And no one seems to agree on how much power he really possessed.
I have to stop and wonder how much of a role the legend of Merlin played in J. R. R. Tolkien's mind when he created Gandalf.
But whether wizard, magician or merely a mysterious mortal, Merlin is one reason why I love science fiction and fantasy.