(Note from Daven: Yes, I grabbed this totally from DruidBooks, and I’m not sorry about that. I feel that the 21 Lessons of Merlyn is one of the most devastating books ever foisted onto the public in the name of “scholarship”. I have read excerpts from it, and none of it is true. As a student of Druidry, I find myself compelled to speak out against this book on a regular basis.
Let me tell you a story:
Update 7-19-03: I have taken some criticism for this following passage, being that it’s not really the way things are, and that it’s not accurate. All I can say in defense of this is that this story was told to me by my wife, who was married to a Welshman, who also speaks fluent Northern Welsh. He is the one who said all this, and I think he’s in a possition to know. Regardless of that, repeated questioning and re-questioning of my wife, she stands by the story. If he lied to her about this, that’s not my fault. I’m only repeating what I was told, and the sources for that story. Now on to the story….
My wife was married once before, to a Welshman, native to Wales, and he grew up speaking Welsh. When I found out that Monroe had stolen the “Charm of Making” from the movie, Excalibur, she laughed her head off. It turns out that that famous scene, where Merlin is speaking to Morgan leFey’s dreams, making her recite this invocation over and over, creating a thick fog out of her mouth made her then-husband laugh his head off when he first saw the movie. Turns out that all she was saying at that point was “Mary had a little lamb” over and over in Welsh.
It should make you stop and think about those who would plagiarize a movie for their source material, and then not even check it to see what the heck they are actually speaking.
Most times, you will find me defending Llewellyn Books as a source of Pagan Literature. However, in this case, Llewellyn really screwed the pooch. It’s books like this that wind up messing up a publication house’s reputation completely. They have a few marginal works in their catalog, but this one should be thrown out completely, and Mr. Monroe should be made to reimburse them for their expenses.
What is so terrible is that more and more newbies come to Druidism having read ONLY this book, and they need months of intensive work to correct everything that they were “taught” by this man.)
Originally posted 2014-06-10 22:11:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter