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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.
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