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Merlin (Marvel)(01 - Myraddin of Ruta)
Real Name: Myraddin of Ruta
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Allegedly born as Myraddin of Ruta on a fragment of Atlantis called Ruta which did not sink until thousands of years after the Great Cataclysm, he came to Britain to establish worship activities. Famed as the court wizard of Camelot, his impressive acts include bartering his copy of the Ironbound Book of Skelos for the Starstone to make the Ebony Blade, create magical gemstones (later sought by Dazzler), imprisoning Chthon in Wundagore, and banishing Tyrannus to Subterranea. Merlin animated a suit of armor as the Black Knight before Sir Percy of Scandia became the original human Black Knight. At some point, Merlin left with the Black Knight to oppose Morgan Le Fay.

Then, a mutant Nordheimr Vanir with a Bloodstone fragment impersonated Merlin. The mutant Vanir summoned a young adept named Modred to serve as his apprentic, but Modred, hearing of the madness of the mutant Vanir, went for the Darkhold for power, only to be overcome by it and placed in suspended animation. Merlin defeated the mutant (with the help of Sersi), placing him in suspended animation, while contacting the Pope to gain help in dealing with the Darkhold. Merlin later imprisoned Morgan Le Fay in her castle. Merlin appears to have been imprisoned in a cave by another enemy, only able to appear by astral projection to the original Black Knight when he died. Merlin's subsequent activities remain unclear.


First Appearance: Black Knight (1955) #1

Other Identities:
Merlyn (Marvel)

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Black Knight (2009)
Black Knight (2010)
Black Knight (2016)
Dazzler (1981)
Doctor Strange (2015)
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme (2016)
Indestructible Hulk (2013)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man: Legacy of Doom (2008)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
Marvel Preview (1975)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel Universe Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Comic Reader (2011)
Mystic Arcana: Black Knight (2007)
New Excalibur (2006)
Spider-Man Battles the Myth Monster (1991)
Strange Tales (1951)
The Avengers (1963)
The Eternals (1976)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Young Allies Comics (1941)

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