Merlin Carving in Tintagel…yay or nay?


Arthurians everywhere recognize Tintagel Castle, on the Cornish coast, as the site were the wizard Merlin, at least according to many of the tales, helped Uther Pendragon shape-shift into the likeness of the Duke of Cornwall and thereby gain access to the Duke’s beautiful wife, Ygraine (Ygerna). Nine months later, Arthur was born. (There is also a sea cave beneath the castle known as “Merlin’s Cave”–Tennyson has Merlin bringing the infant Arthur in secret to this cave.)

Earlier this month, English Heritage unveiled a new carving of Merlin on the rocks near the ruins of the Castle, to a very mixed reception. I’ll tell you what I think when I’m there this summer, but until then, here are some of the news reports and reviews:

English Heritage Page

Tintagel Castle’s Facebook Page

The Telegraph’s report on accusations of “Vandalism”

The Cornishman’s Take

Canadian TV News report of the controversy

Is this part of an ongoing process of “Disneyfication” of Arthurian sites?


Categories: Arthur and the Grail.