- ‘Merlin’s’ ending left me emotionally compromised: What happened? by Selina W
- Playing Merlin: Authorship from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Neomedievalisms, by Keith Russo
- Merlin’s ending: A lesson for storytellers, by Brianna da Silva
fan-fiction rec lists
Merlin / Arthur Pendragon
Time Forward by kianspo [23k, complete]
Summary: While still at uni, Arthur Pendragon meets two people who become his best friends. He falls in love with one of them… but marries the other. This isn’t his story to tell; it’s Merlin’s. And Merlin will always remember that he met Arthur first. (Modern setting. Angst. Arthur/Gwen –> Arthur/Merlin).
Loaded March by Footloose [1,261k+, complete]
Summary: The reason SAS Captain Arthur Pendragon can’t keep a communications specialist in Team Excalibur because none of them are good enough. And then Lieutenant Merlin Emrys gets assigned to his squad, and Arthur does everything he can to prove that Merlin isn’t good enough, either. Except he is.
Act the way you feel by bluevalentine69 [24k, complete]
Summary: Merlin’s a young, hot, wildly uninhibited artist. Arthur’s a middle-aged, handsome, millionaire businessman. He bumps into Merlin on a train and decides to go with the flow and see what happens. Orgasmic, paint-splattered, very confusing shenanigans ensue. It’s exhausting … and completely addictive.
What We Choose by mab_di [71k, complete, cousin incest, underage sex]
Summary: Modern, non-magical AU. Merlin and Arthur had always been close, made closer by early loss. But as Merlin comes out to himself and to the people who matter most to him, he finds it increasingly difficult to dodge that the way he feels about Arthur is not what it should be. Arthur is his first cousin, almost a brother, and he’s the gravitational centre of Merlin’s life. As they grow up, Merlin finds he can’t look at Arthur without it stirring something that makes him feel ashamed. When Arthur comes to spend a summer with Merlin and his mum in New York City, Merlin is forced to confront his feelings, and left baffled by Arthur’s. This story follows Merlin and Arthur from childhood, through late adolescence, and into adulthood: it follows them through a summer of sexual awakening, and leads them through harrowing loss, to finally confront what seems an impossible choice.
Graphite Rain: A Love Story in Twelve Parts by Allganne [144k+, complete]
Summary: It’s that time old tale, rewoven to fit: Merlin loves Arthur. But this is Arthur’s story. And, well… Arthur is thick. Cue six years of heartbreak, anger, loss, and most of all: love. There are people coming together and falling apart. There is awkwardness and pining and running away. And sometimes, at the end of it all, sometimes there’s a happy ending.
Crossroads by Bellobelle [5k, complete]
Summary: “Your wife,” Morgana said loudly, “And your best friend. One of them must die.” She turned back to Arthur with glee. “You get to choose which one.”
No Queen of Hearts by anonymous [incomplete]
Summary: The reason why Arthur and Gwen have been married for years but they still don’t have a child.
That’s the Spirit by CaffeinatedFlumadiddle [12k, complete]
Summary: In a time of myth and a land of magic, your soulmate’s spirit animal looks after you (even after you meet your soulmate). Arthur and Merlin are oblivious fools. We know this. That doesn’t change here.
The Pact by Cori Lannam (corilannam) [17k, complete]
Summary: The ancient Albion Pact demands that the Prince of Wales must take someone magic born as his soul-bonded consort by the time he is 30 or face death. Before he was a Detective Inspector Warlock, Merlin Emrys was young and in love and made a promise to Prince Arthur — and now Arthur is calling it in.
For Want of a Nail by 0hHeyThereBigBadWolf [234k+, complete]
Summary: Fleeing from Essetir in the bloody beginnings of the Purge, Hunith finds herself on the doorstep of old friends. That’s all it takes to untangle the skeins of destiny and weave a new tapestry.
Privileges of Rank by Seperis [complete]
Summary: Arthur’s biggest problem to date, Merlin thinks darkly as he carries yet another load of suspiciously not-really-dirty clothing down the stairs, is an unaccountable fear of anyone, anywhere, suspecting he’s capable of being other than a complete and utter prat.
So Are They All, All Honourable Men by seperis [18k, complete]
Summary: Considering Arthur’s future wife will be chosen less for compatibility than for her political value, Merlin may be the only marriage he’ll have that won’t end in bloodshed or a great deal of fortifying wine.