6Advent Calender: 'Tis the Season at Camelot » by s0mmerspr0ssen Yuletide has come to Camelot, dear reader! Settle down at the hearth with a cup of mulled wine and enjoy twenty-four enchanting tales about friendship, love, magic and the holiday spirit. (An advent calender of canon-era drabbles and one-shots. All gen with background Arwen. One story a day until Christmas!)
T, English, Friendship, chapters: 4, words: 4k+, favs: 5, follows: 2, updated: 14h published: 11/30, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere
6You can't fight fate 3: Avalon » by zantha19 Camelot has faced its greatest threat to date and survived. Things are changing in Camelot for everyone, a new queen and new allies. Merlin and Morgana are called to Avalon. What could they learn there, should they even go.
T, English, chapters: 46, words: 178k+, favs: 9, follows: 9, updated: 20h published: 8/21/2022, Morgana, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere
1The Passions of Pendragons » by Doberler As Arthur and Merlin amend the laws easing the use of magic, opposition erupts from both nobles and commoners. While the king, queen, and knights prepare for the Golden Age, Dodd-Killian and Mordred plot revenge against them all even as a new threat rises from Escetir. Can Merlin and Arthur avoid a civil conflict and war with Lot before Dodd-Killian and Mordred strike against them?
T, English, chapters: 10, words: 19k+, favs: 5, follows: 3, updated: 20h published: 10/8, Morgana, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere
1 Until the Day That I Die by 1917farmgirl In the aftermath of a horrible battle, Arthur searches desperately for his missing servant.
T, English, Angst & Friendship, words: 2k+, favs: 8, 12/3, Merlin, Arthur
The Beard Off » by agent curly Or the origins of the phrase 'Merlin's Beard' Arthur and Merlin have a beard contest to determine who can grow the best beard. There are only two categories short and long, along with four contestants. The vote all comes down to the citizens of Camelot and of course the Once and Future Queen.
K, English, Humor, chapters: 2, words: 1k+, favs: 2, follows: 1, updated: 12/2 published: 11/26, Arthur, Merlin, Leon, Gwaine
40Hurt, Harm, and Mayhem » by wryter501 A collection of oneshots from the author's existing fanfiction, with a primary focus of WHUMP! according to predetermined prompts. Indulgent and gratuitous pain, agony, angst, etc.! Canon pairings, no slash.
T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Angst, chapters: 20, words: 107k+, favs: 18, follows: 21, updated: 12/1 published: 1/5/2021, Merlin, Arthur
53 The Summit and the Sorcerer » by Hades Lord of the Dead After years of working in secret, Arthur has finally granted Merlin the recognition he deserves and appointed him Court Sorcerer. But with Morgana still on the loose, and an upcoming Summit between the Five Kingdoms, will the King and his Warlock achieve their destiny and return magic to Albion? (A sequel to my AU of 'A Servant of Two Masters' in which Merlin's magic is revealed.)
K, English, Friendship & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 11, words: 26k+, favs: 68, follows: 96, updated: 12/1 published: 7/5/2020, Morgana, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere
127Curses, Crossroads, and Camelot » by xBBx The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin. Choices make change. The real question is whether for good or for ill and if, in the end, it even matters at all. Sequel to MMM!
T, English, Drama & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 21, words: 178k+, favs: 141, follows: 208, updated: 11/30 published: 12/24/2017, Merlin, Arthur
7The Usurper Queen and the Old Magician » by PepperVix Morgana seizes control of Camelot by force. Arthur and his knights are forced to flee. And then Emrys—the man said to bring her downfall—walks into the throne room and offers himself as prisoner. How could she refuse? Only, it's not so easy being queen when you're feared, despised, and utterly alone. Sometimes the old man rotting in the dungeons is the only one willing to listen.
T, English, Friendship, chapters: 8, words: 19k+, favs: 9, follows: 17, updated: 11/30 published: 7/14, Morgana, Merlin, Arthur
2Destiny's Revenge: Short Stories » by Swiftstar of Oceanclan In a land of myth, and a time of magic, there never ceases to be adventures to be had and legends to be told! In these short spin offs from my story, Destiny's Revenge, Callum, adopted son of King Arthur, Tamsin, daughter of Merlin, and all their friends and family, explore the wonderful, mysterious, and sometimes dangerous, magical world of Albion!
K+, English, Family & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 2, words: 7k+, favs: 1, updated: 11/29 published: 11/23, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, OC
Was your smile a lie? » by Sephenia Merlin is having a rough time coping with the consequences of his destiny and takes the worst possible step to avoid it. Lucky for him, Arthur cares a lot more than he realised.
T, English, Angst & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 2, words: 2k+, favs: 1, follows: 4, updated: 11/29 published: 11/28, Merlin, Arthur, Gaius, Gwaine
1Darkness Like a Second Skin » by VikingSong Merlin had expected the Dorocha to kill him; he never considered that the voices of the dead might demand something far worse. As a dead foe lies through Merlin's teeth, compounding Merlin's own lies, Merlin's friendships crack and crumble around him. Perhaps the only way to battle the vengeful, icy darkness within is to shed his lies and step into the light. (See Ch1 notes for TW)
T, English, Friendship & Drama, chapters: 5, words: 21k+, favs: 4, follows: 7, 11/27, Merlin, Arthur, Morgause
2 dragon's breath by AGirlByAnyOtherName Merlin clamped his eyes shut as the immense heat washed overhead. He could practically feel the flames licking his skin. As Arthur's chainmail clad arm pressed against his side, it registered somewhere in the back of his mind that, unlike the knights, he was only protected by a thin layer of cloth. (Set in s02e13. Merlin almost comes out of Kilgharrah's attack unscathed.)
K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Family, words: 2k+, favs: 6, follows: 1, 11/24, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, Gaius
3Why Did It Have To Be You? » by NeverEndingFandoms18 Merlin is struggling on Arthur and Gwen's wedding day. I do not own Merlin ect.
K+, English, Angst & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 2, words: 3k+, favs: 8, follows: 7, updated: 11/23 published: 9/4/2015, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere
50 Ways to Not Die » by PopcornFairy28 Basically it will be 50 various scenarios where the show's finale could have gone slightly differently resulting in Arthur surviving explored in drabbles. Some are funny while others are sadder. You have been warned. Currently at Chapter 4: Directions. Cross-posted on AO3.
K, English, chapters: 4, words: 414, favs: 2, follows: 2, updated: 11/22 published: 6/22, Arthur
65The Coming of Arthur » by Hades Lord of the Dead The Prince takes a deep, steeling breath, preparing for what he expects will be a very rousing speech; Merlin has gotten good at those recently. He does not expect what Merlin says next. "I have magic." An AU where Merlin reveals his magic to Arthur at the end of 3X13.
K, English, Friendship & Angst, chapters: 12, words: 19k+, favs: 100, follows: 157, updated: 11/22 published: 1/2/2021
3 The Adventures of Sir Fluffles by hellomynameisv Lancelot got transformed into a rabbit. Merlin would like to maintain that this was entirely, one hundred percent not his fault. (Alright, maybe it was a little bit his fault.)
K, English, Friendship & Humor, words: 2k+, favs: 6, follows: 1, 11/21, Merlin, Arthur, Lancelot
1Between the Sorrows & the Passions » by Doberler These subplots of The Passions of Pendragons follow the knights, Tristan & Isolde, and other original characters facing their own challenges and internal battles. The first few chapters are conclusions to The Sorrows of Pendragons that needed to be told.
T, English, Fantasy & Adventure, chapters: 10, words: 17k+, favs: 1, follows: 1, updated: 11/19 published: 9/9, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, OC
3 Familiarly strange by Buttermellow010380 "Merlin, you do realise that there are more comfortable places to hide from your chores, right?", Arthur asked. "Yes." "Good", he replied, trying and failing to shift into a position that would stop his back from hurting quite so much, "just checking." Merlin was a very strange person indeed.
K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, words: 1k+, favs: 6, follows: 1, 11/18, Merlin, Arthur
69The Darkest Dawn » by spacegirl7 Arthur meant to reach out to him, check him for injuries, but halted in his tracks when, for the first time, he noticed that it was a small girl that was cradled in Merlin's arms. "Merlin, who is this?" Merlin's grip around the child tightened, as though he feared she'd be taken from him. "She's mine," he said hoarsely. "Her name is Aithusa."
T, English, Family & Drama, chapters: 10, words: 16k+, favs: 89, follows: 99, updated: 11/18 published: 5/16/2022, Merlin, Arthur, Aithusa
1 The Incomplete Freedom by Fatvbirhd Arthur and Merlin have freed magic in Camelot. It has taken years—many, many years. But destiny has been completed. Freedom for sorcerers in Camelot. This is bound to be the longest bout of peace since the age of King Bruta of Camelot. And yet, despite the peace and freedom, one thing remains unchanging... Merlin.
K, English, Angst, words: 614, favs: 2, 11/16, Merlin, Arthur
Valley of the Fallen King » by Annie Annony Although Magic is legal, Merlin has been hunted out of Camelot. The Aftermath of the caused the citizens to hate magic. Merlin aids the young princess of Avalon Gate long enough to see Arthur's body is preserved in the sacred Isle, then comes in service of the family as a Dragon Lord. Merlin finds a sacred object and spell that could re-awaken Arthur's lying-in-wait body.
T, English, Fantasy & Angst, chapters: 10, words: 19k+, favs: 7, follows: 3, updated: 11/16 published: 5/24, Merlin, Gwen/Guinevere, Aithusa, OC
191 Revelations » by wryter501 A series of short, unconnected, in-canon-reveal stories. Tale 2: Alvarr's attempt to recruit Merlin backfires. Tale 3: Alator investigates why Emrys is failing his destiny, and plans to teach the king a lesson in loyalty. Tale 5: Merlin trades destinies, rather than lives. Mordred becomes Emrys, and Merlin flees Camelot to keep Arthur safe...
T, English, Drama & Adventure, chapters: 15, words: 82k+, favs: 277, follows: 180, updated: 11/15 published: 11/3/2017, Merlin, Arthur
1 if you hold on tight (you'll come out of the rubble) by AGirlByAnyOtherName Arthur's heart was in his throat as he carefully made his way over, praying that at least one of his men was still alive. (Set in s02e12. Merlin doesn't quite remember to get out of the way in time after causing the ceiling to collapse.)
K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, words: 3k+, favs: 7, follows: 2, 11/11, Merlin, Arthur
2 Never Alone by tallshadow72 What if Morgana had been in her chambers when Merlin came looking for a dress for Freya? AU of The Lady of the Lake.
K+, English, Friendship, words: 871, favs: 12, follows: 4, 11/11, Morgana, Merlin