Sep 09

For the love of god could someone please get this bird off my head!?!Click for full image

Jen Comments: This photo doesn’t really do justice to just how wrinkled the man is. But hey, it’s Merlin (I think). He can wear a Godawful headdress and stand in the middle of the ocean if he wants to.
Published 1979

Many thanks to Jen!

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.00 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Merlins Godson”

  1. Marcus-E Says:

    My hat is a bird, your argument is invalid?

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Old man. Bird hat. Middle of ocean. Clashing colors. So many questions.

  3. Anrkist Says:

    Who knew Merlin’s godson was Dumbledore? He’s always been a bit flamboyant.

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    Why is he wearing a tablecloth as a toga? He’s Merlin! He can surely magic up some togs.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ah, so the African Swallow CAN carry coconut shells from Africa! Surely Merlin weighs at least as much as those.

  6. Nix Says:

    England is beyond the world’s edge? (I mean, if Arthur is involved it must be in one of the western English kingdoms or what was becoming Cymru, right?)

  7. Carl Says:

    (From boat:) “Oi! Merlin! What ya doin’ out in the middle of the sea?”

    “I don’t know, I can’t think with this bird on my head.”

  8. Pat Says:

    I am intrigued by the coat of arms on the sail. The three lions were adopted in the 12th century and the Prince of Wales’ feathers in the 14th century.

    Nix, please, British not English. The Arthurian romances ranged from Constantinople in the East to Avalon in the West.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:


  10. anon Says:

    Desperately trying to compensate much?
    When the competence is not high enough, get creative!

  11. Nix Says:

    Pat: I was about to say ‘no, Britain was a post-Act-of-Union term’, but, of course Arthur was an *original* Briton, defending against the Saxons. I just tend to automatically use “English” for anything predating 1700. I should have noticed that this guy was a member of the original tribe. If he existed, of course.

    That headdress, though… I’m fairly sure there aren’t any green eagles in Wales, or in Constantinople. Maybe it’s a mutated puffin with coloured feathers instead of beak? (Nobody said Merlin was tasteful, let alone his godson. Can the son of a devil even *have* a godson?)

  12. Jen Says:

    I don’t remember too much about this book, but I believe it actually took place in Key West. Right after Arthur’s death.


    You can see why I couldn’t resist grabbing this one off the bookstore shelf, right?

  13. Pat Says:

    Yes, defending against the English (Angles) and Saxons.

    I assumed the bird was a parrot, “edge of the world” inclines me to believe they were visiting the Americas (Brendan’s Isle?).

  14. izikavazo Says:

    His godson!? That just made my day. Thanks guys.

  15. tutunaku Says:

    Merlin’s getting his head humped by a quetzal

  16. David H Says:

    It takes place in Key West? Then that explains the bird.

    Down in Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett fans call themselves “Parrot Heads.” Guess Merlin (or his godson) were early early members.

  17. Morgan C Says:

    Can ‘Bird Hairdo’ get its own tag?

  18. admin Says:

    Done Morgan 🙂

    You’ll have to go out and find us some over covers with Bird Hairdos though.

  19. Matthew Beard Says:

    Lol… From the writer of “Merlin’s Ring”…

  20. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Does it look kind of colorized to you? As if it were originally a black-and white painting and then the artist put bright, transparent colors over it, keeping them separate so it wouldn’t look as if they were in the same space, reflecting off each other.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ravenclaw takes on Hufflepuff.

  22. Anna T. Says:

    He looks more like he’s standing in the middle of the Sahara, rather than the sea. In that case, that ship is seriously, seriously out of place.

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