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Merlin or Gandalf the Grey


Jun 19 2008, 8:23pm

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Thanks for the inspiration Dagonet. I chose Gandalf the grey because he seems the closest to how I picture Merlin in the book, and how he's commonly depicted in the various films ect... Which wizard wins, no swords, just magic.

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Jun 19 2008, 9:54pm

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Why, because his grumpier...or was that Gandalf the white?

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Jun 19 2008, 10:11pm

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It seems to me like that'd depend on who's portrayal of Merlin you use. Going with common ideas of Merlin, I'm thinking it would be a really awesome battle... what I'd give to watch something like that... anywho, ugh tough choice. I pick Merlin for sake that I'm reading about a female Merlin in a book. She seems weak, but like I said going by common ideas Merlin was a man, and very strong in magic, and ect. ect. ect. Really when you come to really trying to figure it out I think they'd both pretty much end up in a tie.Tongue

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Jun 20 2008, 6:36pm

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Merlin's magic seemed more limited, for starters, although I guess it depends on which version of Merlin you look at. (The Merlin I like best -- from Mary Stewart's Arthurian novels "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills" -- is more of a scholar/physician/psychic than a high-voltage wizard.) Also, I can't see Gandalf ever letting himself be entrapped and stripped of his powers by someone like Nimue.

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Jun 21 2008, 2:15am

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Merlin would win, unless a greater power intervenes, because he wouldn't hesitate to fight dirty, and Gandalf always plays it straight.

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Jun 27 2008, 7:19pm

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Both have long beards, both have pointy hats, both have staffs . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

but Gandalf has pipeweed. Gandalf wins! Wink


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Jul 4 2008, 1:33pm

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I prefer Gandalf because I consider him as somebody more closer of the people.

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Jul 4 2008, 8:29pm

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Gandalf is a divine creature by definition, and one could not say the same thing about Merlin.

Gandalf, presumably, is much more powerful than he lets show...

But Gandalf is, in the end just another iteration of the illustrous Merlin.

I call it a tie.

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Jul 15 2008, 6:35am

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I'm fairly sure one hearty bellow of "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" would send that old pansy Merlin fleeing in the other direction.

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Jun 29 2013, 5:38pm

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