Merlin went on to prophecy that Arthur would suffer a terrible case of food poisoning in two weeks’ time, that his best knights would trip and embarrass the court, and that Merlin himself would continue to frighten Arthur at every opportunity.

There was nowhere to run for the greatest King to ever live.

So I’m reading Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory and I’m amazed at how often this sort of thing happens. I’m only a quarter of the way through the book and Merlin’s pulled this kind of thing at least seven times now, how does Arthur never seem to suspect this sort of thing? It seems like not a week goes by without this wizard glamouring himself as some random peasant or even as a child. I mean, when a ten year old comes to your court and starts yammering on about prophecy, how do you not at least suspect Merlin? Is Arthur really that good a leader if he can’t figure out that mystery? Not exactly the most insightful fellow, if you’re missing that.

Come to think of it, the whole first quarter of the book is filled with Merlin prognosticating all sorts of things and most of the time nobody bothers to listen to him, Arthur included. You’ve got a WIZARD on your side, man, maybe you should listen to what he’s got to say? But no, Merlin’s like, “Hey Arthur, don’t go fighting this knight, it’s not a good idea, it’s only gonna lead to problems.” so what does Arthur do? He fights the knight and loses and almost dies! Merlin saves him, and what does Arthur want to do? He wants to GO BACK AND FIGHT THE KNIGHT AGAIN. How is this once and future king? Yikes.

Oh hey, check it out, two comics in a row! I’m sure I’ll have more to say about Le Morte d’Arthur, so be on the lookout!