Bella and Anna are putting on a super awesome Merlin Blog Party! Which I'm really late posting about, as this is the last day. Oops. You can still enter the giveaway, though. And there's a tag and all sorts of lovely Merlin-ness. Make sure to go join in!
Arthur Pendragon. The once and future king. Ruler of Camelot. Uniter of Albion. Bringer of justice and equality. Sits at a big round table, carries a really nice sword, hangs out with a powerful sorcerer with a sense of humourcan't miss him.
Whatever opinions I had of him from reading any book (mainly T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone and one or two of it's sequels) or watching any movie about him (such as The Sword of the Stone. You can tell I like The Sword in the Stone, can't you? Well. How, I ask you, am I supposed to help it if the book is magnificently hilariousthe jousting match between Pellinore and Grummore, anyone?and the movie is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Disney movies of all time? And I'm not confirming the rumour that I spent a considerable part of my childhood asking squirrels if they had seen Arthur or Merlin hanging about anywhere, but I'm not denying it either.), and whether I liked him or not, they way Bradley James portrayed him was perfect.
I didn't like him at first. But really, who did? He's just such a dollopheaded prat!
Or was, anyway. It wasn't until episode 4, The Poisoned Chalice, that he first compelled me to like him. I think it was exactly that moment when Gaius told him he'd probably die a gruesome death if he went to get that flowerthingymabob to save the life of that rather impertinent "idiot" (his words, not mine) servant of his and he replied: "Sounds like fun."
And then I was all "Arthur, just stand right there, 'cause I'm gonna hug you. Ok, go save Merlin now."
GAH. And then in The Labyrinth of Gedref, when Arthur drank the wine from both cups to save Merlin. Idiot, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Because you see, even if he comes across as a is a "spoiled, arrogant brat with the brains of a donkey and the face of a toad" (although, given the streak of mental illness that obviously runs in the family, he does surprisingly well for himself), he is so willing to serve his friends and all of his people, right down to the lowliest peasant.
He stands up to that idiot father of his (Uther. Gorlog's beard, man! Get thee to a therapist!) when he gets too unbelievably Uther-ish.
And on top of all his heroic magnificence, he is absolutely hilarious (have you watched his video diaries? they are the best video diaries ever. not even kidding.) and his turnip head facial expressions make my day.
And then, of course, his relationship with Merlin. So good. So very good. And I have nothing more to say on how much I love it.
So here's to you, Arthur Pendragon. I'm not saying I love you any more than Merlin, 'cause I don't, but you are fantastic. The sort of fantastic that's always said in Nine's voice.
I'm Nessíma Tavariel, and I approve of Arthur Pendragon.