Merlin, Magic, and Mythology


Better than Disney World
May 20, 2016

A few years back, there was a BBC television series called “Merlin” that I was obsessed with. The BBC only filmed it for five seasons, but those five seasons were some of the best period-specific television ever created in my opinion. The majority of the series was filmed here in the UK; today we saw quite a few sites that reminded me of the locations used for filming. Needless to say, it was magical.

In my last blog, I talked about the popularity of on-location shooting for UK-based television shows. This show is no exception. Although Merlin was mostly filmed in Wales in the UK, I felt a sense of familiarity when we visited Loughcrew Cairns and the fairy tree today. It must have been the magic, the mystery, and the mythology behind these locations that reminded me of the show based around Arthurian legends. Even though the folklore surrounding these locations is no longer believed in by the majority of the Irish population, something about it all just felt magical.

Loughcrew Cairns was a tomb of some sort set atop a large hill and buried underneath the earth. Inside lay a sun dial that lined up with the sun’s position at the equinox. When we walked into the tomb, there was an air of mystery and magic that could not be explained. It was something I had never experienced before. That feeling was only heightened by the fairy tree.


When we came to the fairy tree, I was honestly underwhelmed at first; it seemed to be no different from an ordinary tree. My view changed very quickly when Camille dropped her phone in the well below the tree. We all thought her phone was done for, but alas, it was (and still is) working perfectly fine. There MUST have been some magic at hand there.


All in all, the British Isles are truly a magical place, and I am constantly being surprised and delighted every day we are here. I can’t wait for more “magical” experiences to come. Hopefully, said experiences will include food as magically as what we ate tonight in Dublin. There is no way that fairies were NOT involved in the making of that meal; it was too good.



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