MERLIN ALWAYS IN BROCELIANDE
Even if Arthurian legends are multiple, the Armorican tradition places the tomb of Merlin in the forest of Broceliande. Beyond this certainty, the form of his prison varies.
Merlin would be locked in a richly decorated cave, where he would sleep an eternal sleep. A thick fog veils him from passers-by, he is enclosed in a tower of air, or in a stone that turns on itself. But Merlin may be elsewhere, locked in the trunk of the oldest tree in the forest. Unless the entire forest is his prison and he continues to wander there, Vivian at his side. Watchmen of the magical world, invisible or metamorphosed they metamorphose at will: deer and doe, birds, butterflies, entwined trees. They are lovers from all eternity.
REALLY, MERLIN’S TOMB?
So why do these three stones bear the name of Merlin’s Tomb? The cave, you can guess it around the stones, here and there, where the ground sounds hollow. Behind the monument, a hawthorn grows. Now, in the legend, it is under a hawthorn in bloom that Viviane caught Merlin in the trap of the spell that cannot be undone and that he was willing to give her. As for the stones, turning or not, they are there, under our eyes. It does not seem much? But this Enchanter operates without gesticulation, without trickery, without formulas, without song: and that is the sign of a very powerful magician. And it is the same with Merlin as with Broceliande: the most invincible charms are not the most spectacular. But their magic acts imperturbably, everywhere and always.