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I blogged this on tumblr and I figured that it would make sense to post this here :)

It’s always a suprise when people say that Arwen are overrated. They may be the مقبول couple of Merlin, but this is not because they are the main couple of the دکھائیں [even though they are]. It’s what surrounds them- their chemistry, their story-line, their tension on screen. Arwen are beautiful…they are legendary…they are epic.

Where I started shipping them on Merlin proves that my love for them is not because they are a main couple: I began shipping Arwen when they were not even a couple. When they basically had zero potential- when in fact ArMor and Merwen had مزید potential. It was season 1, episode 3. And trust me, no legends gave me any influence. I was not well-versed in the legends when I started watching Merlin. I had read a book aimed at younger children when I was ten and there was no trace of the LGA love triangle. I knew something about a Lancelot/Guinevere/Arthur triangle- I had vague recognition that I had heard of it mentioned before. So why in the world would I ship a couple that is not a couple? I watched the episode twice, actually, because my دل beat wildly when Arthur stood up for Gwen. Where he کہا something like… I don’t believe that there is evil in this girl’s heart. I usually don’t feel such passion for a pairing that is completely crack right at that moment- well to me, at least. But I did and what’s the harm in shipping them. So there began my journey with the two who would eventually become my OTP.

Why Arthur/Gwen and not Gwen/Lancelot: After watching “The Mark of Nimueh”, my interest in what this LGA love trio was about grew. So immediately after I switched the TV off, I began to go into in depth research about the different legends. I learned about Gwenhyfar and of Guinevere. I wanted to kick my computer screen when I was reading about Guinevere’s betrayal. I hated Arthur/Guinevere and I hate Lancelot/Guinevere even مزید so. The legend about Gwenhyfar that I read made me happy and I realized that there may be some hope for these two, after all. So then Lancelot came along and I was so ready to hate him. Quite the opposite happened- I fell in love with him- who he is and what he stands for. Of course I resented his interaction with Gwen. But all in all, after watching three seasons and watching the development of Arwen, I know that they are meant to be and not Lancelot/Gwen. There are many reasons portrayed on screen. Firstly, Lancelot and Gwen happened out of the blue. As far as I’m concerned, they liked each other in season 1 episode 5, but where were the romanctic feelings present. I think Gwen cared for him and I think Lance had a crush on Gwen. But where were the romantic feelings? One episode can’t do all the work. Then came season 2, episode 4 and I was on some whirl-wind journey with these two and I was left confused. Huh? Where were the romantic feelings for their relationship to suddenly become so intense. Yes, I understand that the two of them were in a life یا death situation. But it seemed like they had been together and in Lancelot and Guinevere they were old flames. In fact, L & G seemed مزید of an Arwen episode to me. Arthur admits his feelings for Gwen to Merlin. Arthur sees Lance & Gwen and realizes their “feelings” for each other. And his look was devastating…I cried. Lance and Gwen seemed like a crush in season 1. A very sweet crush. All of a sudden things are much مزید grown-up and romantic in L&G and that seemed odd to me. I could see that Lancelot was completely in love with Gwen. And it was so sudden for him to feel so intensely about her- when did his crush change to love? And then they kissed which also seemed so sudden- wait…they have such strong romantic feelings? There was no build-up with Lance and Gwen. Whereas Arthur and Gwen had build-up. Gwen disliked Arthur. And in “The Moment of Truth” she plucked up the courage to stand up to him. And he appreciated her words. And she کہا that they all had faith in him. And then the hand-shake…they had reached an understanding. Then there was “Le Morte d’Arthur”- the season 1 finale- where Gwen plucked up the courage to sit سے طرف کی a mortally wounded Arthur’s bed-side and hold his hand and say that he will grow to be the man that she sees inside of him. It was tentative- not with romantic feeling yet- but there was clearly an underlying message which the writers wanted to sing out. And Arthur’s teasing of what she کہا when he was well again. He was trying to coax her out of his shy shell and to open up a bit more. Of course, the season 2 premiere comes along and they obviously are developing feelings for each other. What was hinted in the season 1 finale has become true in “The Curse of Cornelius Sigan”. And then their first kiss in “The Once and Future Queen”. I always compare this kiss to the victory kiss in “The Coming of Arthur Part II”. Their first kiss was tentative, impulsive…and they were both frightened. Of course the victory kiss was passionate, happy, and they were clearly in love and comfortable with each other. They had feelings for each other in TOFQ, but they were not in love. I personally believe that Arthur and Gwen could be called in love from “Changeling” [season 3, ep. 6] onwards. That’s the thing about these two- they had a real build-up. They are quite obviously the couple that is meant to be.

What Arwen does incredibly well is the fact that they can overcome their major handicap. Arthur and Guinevere of many legends [started سے طرف کی the French ones] are one of the most hate couples ever. I hate them. So many people hate them. Heck, any pairing that can be thought of can arguably be better than these two. Supposedly Arthur “fell in love” with Guinevere from first sight. Yeah…Totally buying that. Because they are certainly NOT in love from what I’ve read. If you’re in love with someone, آپ so don’t run away and elope with another man. Guinevere was truly a messed up women- she ruins everyone’s opinions on women. Who knows whom she loved and whom she did not. Arthur, on the other hand, was also in love with Morgan. Several legends portray Mordred as her child in fact, though several others say it was Morgause. But that’s not the point. The fact of the matter is that Arthur/Guinevere were perhaps the least likeable pair of the legend. So how come Arwen are liked so much. The fact of the matter is, that it first comes down to their individual characters. Gwen is strong, sweet, kind-hearted, passionate, and real. Here she is- one of the most hated woman in the legends- and she is so lovable. Because right away آپ know that she is not that girl. She is at first unsure about her relationship with Arthur- especially when he has to dismiss it…knowing his father would never understand. And that’s why her kiss with Lancelot does not make her a terrible person. She believed that her relationship with the Prince would go nowhere. And she was frightened when she was being kept hostage سے طرف کی Hengist. Sure, in my opinion, I believe there was no real build-up for Lance and Gwen’s relationship to be so intense in that once episode, but nonetheless they DID kiss. I’m not going to deny that it did not happen, even if I think that their relationship was out of the blue. BUT still Gwen should not be کہا to have “cheated on Arthur.” HE dismissed THEIR relationship. And in Lancelot’s return in season 3, Gwen showed no feelings for Lance. She appreciated him and she likes him as a friend. But she was secure in her relationship with Arthur and Arthur was also very secure in their relationship. They are now in love, whereas in L&G they just had feelings for each other. سے طرف کی proving each other worthy and loyal to one another, they have won me over. Their story-line took them on a magnificent journey where they found and accepted their love for each other. And no one can get in the way of this love.

Their scenes are breathtaking. And of course Angel and Bradley deserve a huge round of applause for that. It’s first their looks. That’s always there. Whenever their gazes meet several things happen. First, heat and tension run riot and it bounces off the screen. I can feel it as I’m watching. Second, their looks ALWAYS tell us what words cannot. Take Arthur’s glance at Gwen in “The Tears of Uther Pendragon PArt II” when things are getting very stressful for him. He looks over to her and they share a small smile of reassurance and of faith. He nods to her. Then watch when he turns to look at her in “Changeling” during his and Elena’s wedding ceremony. That look کہا مزید than anything. Arthur’s absolute love and sadness and how she reciprocates those feelings- all piled into that look that passed through them. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Their scenes in general are always based in emotion and driven with love and passion. The تخت room scene in “Queen of Hearts” is a perfect representative of a terrribly emotional moment which is driven سے طرف کی their love. It seems everything is lost when Gwen is being dragged out سے طرف کی the guards- her death sentence hanging over the room. And their kiss was filled with sadness. And she is pulled out. But then Arthur says the one line, that I personally think, changed the entire scene. I will always love you. Suddenly this scene is not about sorrow…sadness…and loss. It’s about the strength of love and how it can conquer everything. That line speaks not of the past, but of the future. Their love is everlasting- eternal. They can never be pulled apart no matter what happens.

Arthur and Gwen have proved to be a couple whose love will last centuries. The thing about Arthur and Gwen is that they don’t love too quickly as Arthur/Guinevere can sometimes be portrayed as doing. In many legends, Arthur is portrayed as being attracted to Guinevere سے طرف کی her beauty. They can’t see past this facade of perfection and in many ways their relationship is therefore very rooted in appearance. Arthur and Gwen, on the other hand, have a love that sees way past appearance. They are a much مزید wiser love- two people who make each other. Who can argue for what they believe in and stand up to the other. Gwen loves Arthur for who he is and what he stands for. Arthur loves Gwen because he sees the pure light in her and her undying strength. Their love is based on what they see in each other and how they can improve one another. They compliment each other. And that factor will allow their own love to last forever. They are each other’s soul…they are eternal in their love.

Arthur and Gwen are truly the Once and Future King & Queen. There is no doubt about it that these two have proved to be worthy of this title. They are the real Arthur and Guinevere because they are truly in love with one another. They are beautiful, they are legendary, and epic. But they are also a very relatable relationship- they had build-up which eventually called for their admittance of their feelings which eventually turned into their great love for one another. And I do not speak as an Arthur/Guinevere fan, for as I کہا before- I hate them in many legends. Arwen made me realize that a legend is a legend. Arwen are not Arthur/Guinevere that so many know of- they are their own. And that’s why they are my OTP and the مقبول couple of Merlin.
Song 5: link

From wandering in the forest,
I have come into a clearing
Where I trust all men.
I am a lion who enters quietly
The cage of his own heart.

    Arthur is pacing. He is anxious. Restless. Distracted.
    “Are آپ all right, Arthur?” Merlin asks. “You’re stalking your room like a caged animal.”
    Arthur stops and looks at Merlin. “Am I all right? Of course I’m all right! I’m the happiest man in the world tonight, آپ know that!”
    “Then why are آپ pacing?”...
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posted by kbrand5333
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There is a lot of Spanish in this one. The translations are at the end, in the same order in which they appear in the body of the text. I had to use a lot of Internet help for the Spanish (I only had 2 years in high school, which was forever ago), so if there are any fluent یا native Spanish-speakers out there, I WELCOME corrections! -k.

The court of Queen Elizabeth I, 1565

Another rose. That’s five now, Lady Guinevere, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, thinks as she picks up the deep red rose and its accompanying note.

She closes the door to her chambers and places the rose...
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    Gwen turns on the shower. It is an amazing shower, with several showerheads all pointing different directions. She’s never seen anything like it, and smiles in anticipation as she reaches her hand in to feel the temperature before stepping in.
    There’s nothing worse than stepping into a spray of cold water, she thinks, wiggling her fingers under the water.
    Humming quietly to herself, she waits a few مزید سیکنڈ to make sure the temperature is stabilized, and is just about to step in when she feels a pair...
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The graveside funeral service is gloomy, befitting the mood of those who attend it. It was a windy morning, threatening to pour, with dark clouds gathering ahead. But thankfully the rain does not fall at all throughout the funeral. The priest chants Psalm 23 as the attendees sit quietly, listening to the priest. Gwen sits اگلے to her brother Elyan and his friend Percival. Morgana sits on the other side of Gwen while Gaius sits اگلے to Morgana. Gwen didn’t watch the service; neither did she listen to anything recited سے طرف کی the priest. Her thoughts were still on the...
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posted by MISAforever
1. The Great Dragon makes two separate appearances, but Aithusa is not in either…
2. “Everything I cherished between us, everything we had – it’s gone. That’ll never change”
3. Agravaine learns the hard way
4. “I came back because you’re the only friend I have and I couldn’t برداشت, ریچھ to lose you…”
5. Merlin tells Arthur a very important bedtime story
6. “You and آپ alone can restore *** ****’s *****”
7. Old Emrys plays a small, but vital role in the final battle
8. “I’m not long for this world…”
9. Merlin has fresh blood on his hands
10. Arthur is very...
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posted by kbrand5333
Hang on to your knickers, girls. I need to get me one of those "Parental Advisory" stickers.

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    “She was kidding, right?” he asks once he is able to speak again.
    “Not entirely sure, to be honest. If she’s intending to drink…” she leaves it hanging.
    “Your door does have a lock, doesn’t it?”
    She kisses him. “Yes.”
    “Good.” He kisses her, then grabs her hand and pulls her up from the couch. He looks down at her and says, “I’d carry آپ off again,...
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    Arthur sends Gwen a text message Sunday evening. No calls today. Still alive.
    Monday comes and goes. He calls her around lunchtime to hear her voice. She can tell he is squirreled away someplace private to avoid the inevitable teasing he surely would receive should the other guys hear him. He asks after her day, telling her that since it is raining, he’s been spending his دن playing video games. He tells her that he misses her. He attempted to make an egg سینڈوچ for himself that morning and he almost got it. His egg got all stuck...
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    Gwen gets to her door and steels herself for the third degree. She opens the door to find Morgana perched on the sofa like a queen. She looks Gwen square in the eye and says, “Slut.”
    Gwen blushes, laughing at her friend’s teasing. “Oh, it’s much worse than that,” she says and flops down on the chair, head leaning back.
    Morgana’s eyes widen and she says, “Oh. My. God. You’re in love with him!”
    Gwen rolls her head to the side to look at Morgana, saying, “Is it that obvious?”...
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I just saw it with my ذریعہ interruptions and am about to watch again, But we need to talk about our feelings and impressions. But OH! The منظر پیش for اگلے week! What are we thinking about it???? Come here to talk after the episode.

I don't know how I feel about Merlin in this episode, how was Arthur to you; I think he was feeling the loss of Guinevere, am I right? The bracelet wasn't discovered! I cannot believe it; we were sure it would be. I don't quite know what to think at this point and once again, need to hear input from others on this.

I am especially all in a emotional state about the منظر پیش for 4x11.
posted by kbrand5333
Heads up: مزید steaminess ensues.

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    Arthur crawls forward, kissing her, so that she has no choice but to lie back against the pillows. This time he is pulling at his own شرٹ, قمیض and unbuckling his own بیلٹ, پٹی as he prowls forward. He once again yanks the شرٹ, قمیض over his head and tosses it in the general direction of a clothes hamper he keeps in a corner. Then he descends back down to her, kissing deeply, as if it has been months since they’d been together instead of merely hours. He is determined to take his time this time, and he slows his pace. She seems to notice...
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Part 4: link

    After dinner, in which Arthur makes sure to leave a hefty tip for the mortified waitress, they walk. He reaches out and takes her hand, sliding his hand down her arm as he does so. She shivers.
    “Are آپ cold?” he asks, remembering her earlier words. I wish I had a جیکٹ to give her.
    “No, that’s not why I shivered,” she smiles up at him.
    They are quiet for several minutes. It is a comfortable silence, and they approach a park. They sit on a bench near a pond and watch the ducks....
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posted by kbrand5333
It's going to get steamy up in here, y'all. You've been warned.

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    Arthur takes another شاور that afternoon. He is anxious about seeing her again and has spent most of the afternoon working out, just to pass the time. The time that seems to be mocking me with its slowness. He walks out the door at four thirty-five, knowing exactly how much time he needs to get to the library. He drove past on his way ہوم from the gym, even though it was completely out of the way.
    He walks through the doors at exactly four forty-five. She is behind the...
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    It is just before dawn in Camelot. A dark figure is coursing stealthily through the streets, keeping to the shadows, avoiding any guards on patrol. The figure stops outside the door of a house and slips silently inside.
    The cloaked figure approaches the بستر and produces a trumpet-shaped پھول of red and سونا and holds it aloft. Morgana gazes at the flower. A whispered incantation, a flash of her eyes, and she tips the flower, pouring a fine سونا dust that settles on Guinevere’s sleeping eyelids. It shimmers for just a moment before it disappears....
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~How to cook~

Arthur had just returned from patrol with the knights. Sir Leon was talking to him but he was barely listening to him, because he was starving to death. But as much as he wanted something to eat the مزید he was starving to see Guinevere. When he came to her house he saw that she hadn’t come back from work yet. He sighed and decided to wait for her return. Maybe there was something to eat in her house.

Gwen came back from her work in the قلعہ and almost got a دل attack as she entered her ہوم and saw the prince standing in the room.

“Arthur!” she could only...
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Gwen sits alone in the garden, watching the birds chirping away happily on a branch. It seems like a robin from far, but she is never good with birds, so she can only guess. But whatever the birds are, she isn’t interested in knowing them. In fact, she isn’t interested in anything at all. She’s been sitting down here since she finished her rounds with Mithian. Mithian has left to tend to her husband and had asked Gwen to tag along and meet Arthur. But Guinevere lied again, saying she wants to have a look at the garden instead. Mithian, despite feeling suspicious, fell for her words...
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