“The Witch Aria” from BBC’s Merlin

It’s Monday, which means I shall treat you all to some musical motivation.

This video is from the first episode of BBC’s television series “Merlin.” The vocalist is Emma Brain-Gabbott, the actress the talented Eve Myles (who runs a nifty blog herself, click here to check it out).   This clip was recommended to me because of the fantastic music artistry and storytelling elements.

Here we have the character of Mary Collins, an old sorceress bent on revenge against King Uther for the death of her son, appearing as the Lady Helen.  Mary, with the use of her magic pendant, can shapeshift and enchant with sound, not to mention kill with a voodoo doll.  Merlin is the young lad who saves the day by, of all things, dropping a chandelier on her.

The music is reminiscent of the score in the first Lord of the Rings movie as the fellowship enters Lothlorian. There is the same rolling accompaniment in the same tones, lending its bit of magic and “otherworldliness” to the Merlin scene.

The storytelling elements are classic high fantasy.  We see the tyrannical King Uther who has brought peace to a war torn kingdom, the shapeshifting sorceress posing as the beautiful Lady Helen, the strong magical spell through song, a King’s feast, and good conquering evil against the odds.

A thanks to Rik at Uphill Writing for recommending this to me.  I am always looking for good music and good clips to feature on Mondays – if you know of a great one, please sent it my way!

BBC’s Official “Merlin” Website

Here we have the character of Mary Collins, an old sorceress bent on revenge against King Uther for the death of her son, appearing as the Lady Helen.  Mary, with the use of her magic pendant, can shapeshift and enchant with sound, not to mention kill with a voodoo doll.  Merlin is the young lad who saves the day by, of all things, dropping a chandelier on her.
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About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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