Merlin: will it go out with a bang?
However, she began to cheer up a bit when he asked her what she wanted to go with it. She told him that she wanted strawberries, and after a moment's hesitation he gave it a shot, but wound up conjuring her a rose instead. Though not the strawberries she'd asked for, Freya was clearly delighted with the gift and accepted it tenderly, asking him why he was so good to her. When Merlin replied that he liked her, that he could be himself around her and that they didn't have to hide anything from one another, Freya tried once more to tell him about her curse. Deep down, however, Freya knew that her curse made any chance of a life together an impossibility, and became more and more convinced that Merlin would be better off without her.
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Though she maintained her outward agreement to Merlin's plan, she resolved to leave Camelot on her own. She left the tunnels while he was out gathering the last of their supplies and hid until nightfall, at which time she attempted to leave the city under cover of darkness. It wasn't long, however, before she found herself cornered by a patrol led by Arthur and Halig.
Knowing that her curse would soon be upon her, Freya begged them to let her go, but it was too late. The clocks began to chime midnight, and she was forced to enter her Bastet form. Unable to control herself, Freya killed Halig and attacked Arthur and his men, the former of whom managed to fight her off, badly injuring her in the process.
Howling in pain, Freya retreated to the main square with the knights close behind. It was at this point that Merlin arrived, having discovered her disappearance and come running when he heard the warning bells. He stared at the scene in horror, at one point locking eyes with Freya, who gazed at him sadly as the knights moved in for the kill.
Desperate to save her, Merlin used his magic to send a stone gargoyle toppling from a wall.
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It distracted the knights long enough for Freya to escape, and Merlin quickly ran after her The Lady of the Lake. Merlin mourns Freya at the Lake of Avalon. Knowing that her wound was too serious to heal, Freya asked Merlin to leave her. Instead, he dressed her in the gown he'd stolen for her from Morgana's wardrobe and carried her to the Lake of Avalon , which he knew would remind her of the childhood home she'd spoken of so fondly. Pleased that he'd remembered, Freya seemed to be at peace with her fate. Though he hadn't been able to heal her, she assured Merlin that he'd already saved her, that he'd made her feel loved, and with her last breath promised him that one day she would repay his kindness.
She died seconds later in Merlin's arms. Heartbroken, Merlin placed her body in a boat lined with ferns and pushed it out onto the lake. When it was some distance away, he used his magic to set it aflame, giving her a Viking funeral. He watched the boat burn for a moment, and then returned to Camelot The Lady of the Lake. A little over a year later, when Merlin accompanied Arthur on his quest to recover the Fisher King's trident, the Fisher King gave him a glass vial containing water from the Lake of Avalon.
He warned him that Albion's time of need was near and that Merlin alone could save her, but that he would need help, and that the water would provide that help The Eye of the Phoenix. When Morgause and Morgana conquered Camelot with their immortal army , Merlin took the vial with him when he, Arthur, and their allies went into hiding. He experimented with the water using his magic and various spells, but to no avail. Whatever help the water could provide remained a mystery, and he eventually dozed off with the vial still in hand.
Sometime later, Merlin was startled awake by the sound of Gwaine getting up in the night, and in his surprise the vial slipped from his fingers and shattered on the cave floor. Horrified, Merlin watched helplessly as the water began to trickle away. Much to his surprise, however, breaking the glass had freed Albion's last hope rather than destroyed it. The water took on an ethereal glow and formed a small puddle in a crevice of rock. An image then formed in the water, and Merlin watched in shock and delight as it was revealed to be Freya.
As Merlin struggled to comprehend this turn of events, Freya told him that she'd missed him, and gently deflected his questions by saying that they didn't have long. She explained that the Cup of Life had not only made Morgana's army immortal but transformed them into the living dead, and there was only one thing that could slay that which was already dead: the sword Excalibur , which Merlin had hidden at the bottom of the Lake of Avalon. She urged him to come to the lake, where she would give him the sword herself. Freya hands Excalibur to Merlin.
The next day, Merlin asked the dragon Kilgharrah to take him to the Lake of Avalon. He took a small boat out to the middle of the lake, anxiously scanning the waves for any sign of Freya. After a moment the sword Excalibur emerged from the water, held in Freya's hand, and Merlin smiled The Coming of Arthur. Roughly four years later, after Arthur died while en route to the Lake of Avalon, Merlin returned Excalibur to Freya's care. Somber and grieved, he cast the sword into the lake and watched as Freya caught it in her hand and drew it back under the water The Diamond of the Day.
Merlin gives Freya a red rose. She was guarded and somewhat defensive at first, and didn't understand why Merlin would help her when he didn't even know her. She later told him that she couldn't always trust people. She also seemed rather skittish and fearful, flinching away from Merlin both when he offered her his jacket and when he woke her by placing a hand on her shoulder.
As they got to know each other, however, Freya began to exhibit a more soft-spoken and sweet personality. She appeared to enjoy Merlin's attempts to make her smile and was deeply grateful for all the things he was doing for her. It was because of this belief that she attempted to escape Camelot on her own, a move which ultimately cost her her life. She was also very loyal, and later returned from the dead in order to keep a promise she'd made to Merlin. Freya was deeply traumatized by her curse both physically and emotionally and hated herself for what it made her do, at one point referring to herself as a monster.
Her intense self loathing was one of the reasons that she fell so quickly for Merlin, who not only didn't fear her, but understood her feelings about being different and frequently told her how special she was.
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Freya was deeply grateful to him for this; one of the last things she said to him before her death was that he'd already saved her, just by making her feel loved. As a Bastet, Freya was a murderous monster that slaughtered at least five people during her time in Camelot, including the bounty hunter Halig. Though usually unable to control herself while in its form, it is worth noting that she did not attack Merlin when he approached her, though whether this was because her love for him allowed her to resist the curse or because she had already killed that night is unknown.
As a Druid , it is highly likely that Freya had the ability to use magic, though it is unknown how powerful she was. It's possible that she used magic to defend herself from the man who attacked her, and - as she stated once that she hadn't meant to kill him - that she had been unable or hadn't known how to control her powers.
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In revenge for the death of her son, the mother of the man Freya killed placed a curse on her. The curse forced her to transform into a Bastet every night at the stroke of midnight, and while in its form she was subject to an uncontrollable desire to kill. Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. Characters Character List. Although he modestly disclaims it, Gawain has the reputation of being a great knight and courtly lover.
He prides himself on his observance of the five points of chivalry in every aspect of his life. Gawain is a pinnacle of humility, piety, integrity, loyalty, and honesty. His only flaw proves to be that he loves his own life so much that he will lie in order to protect himself. Gawain leaves the Green Chapel penitent and changed.
He is an ambiguous figure: he says that he comes in friendship, not wanting to fight, but the friendly game he proposes is quite deadly. He attaches great importance to verbal contracts, expecting Sir Gawain to go to great lengths to hold up his end of their bargain. At the same time, he seems to symbolize the natural world, in that he is killed and reborn as part of a cycle.
The poem associates Bertilak with the natural world—his beard resembles a beaver, his face a fire—but also with the courtly behavior of an aristocratic host.
Boisterous, powerful, brave, and generous, Lord Bertilak provides an interesting foil to King Arthur.