concinnity + fandom:merlin   158

Dreams for wings and wanderers
Summary:
Dragons are feared and mistrusted throughout Albion, and there are very few of them left in Camelot, for Uther’s long campaign against magic also included hunting down all the dragons in the wild. Now, Camelot is recovering from the invasion of Cenred and Morgause's army. Prince Arthur is the one in charge, and Merlin finds out that his secret regular visits to the covert haven't been very secret at all. There's a great deal of manly bonding with the Knights, inquisitive dragons being inquisitive, and a record-breaking number of near-death experiences for Merlin. And this is before he gets his very own dragon. (A Merlin/Temeraire fusion.)
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:etharei  length:50-70k  location:ao3  gen  firsttime  crossovers-fusions  com:paperlegends 
february 2019 by concinnity
Let Myself Fall
Summary:

Nimueh meets an old friend, Ygraine, at the hospital where she's doing her foundation year, and finds herself wrapped up in her life and trying not to fall in love with her when she's already married to someone else.
fluff  fandom:merlin  length:20-30k  ygraine/nimueh  creator:lady_ragnell  awesome.ladies.awesoming  au 
march 2018 by concinnity
Made of Dreams and Bones
Summary:

Arthur would have starved that first winter, if it weren’t for Hunith and her son.

When Arthur is disinherited, he finds himself farming in Ealdor.
fandom:merlin  location:ao3  arthur/merlin  creator:lady_ragnell  length:5-8k  AU:Canon  au 
march 2018 by concinnity
As Long As We Have We
“You really, honestly wouldn’t be imposing.” Morgana’s voice in the back of his mind stops him before he says something unforgivably stuffy about having plenty of money to pay for a few extra guests for Christmas, and he scrambles for something else. “And if you cook, you’re probably freeloading less than most of my friends. Look, I know you barely know me, I’m just a customer, but you can have my card, talk it over, call me before Monday to let me know. Everyone’s coming over Christmas Eve, staying till Boxing Day unless they’ve got other commitments. Bring a few ornaments for our tree, help out with the cooking, haul over whatever gifts you want to open, it’s not anything formal. Just a bunch of friends trying not to be sad sacks on the holiday.”
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:lady_ragnell  length:15-20k  location:ao3  au  holidays  fluff  via:sansets 
december 2017 by concinnity
The Beltane King - Chapter 1 - Violette_Royale - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:

Pendragons and Dragonlords are two sides of the same coin, and their alliance has lasted for centuries. It is a time-honoured tradition for the first-born Pendragon to be given to the Dragonlords on the eve of Beltane on the year that he or she turns sixteen. On the year that Arthur participates in the ritual, things take an unexpected turn.

My notes: when you get a hankering for epic Merlin fic
arthur/merlin  firsttime  location:ao3  length:100-150k  au  fandom:merlin  creator:violette_royale 
october 2016 by concinnity
The Mark of the Water Horse - Chapter 1 - Violette_Royale - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:

Uther Pendragon won the fair Igraine by deceit, pretending to be her husband, Gorlois. In due time, Igraine gave birth to twins – a son and a daughter – who were separated at birth. When Arthur and Merlin meet, they don't know that they are siblings.

My notes: how much do I like the literally muddy politics & angst of Violette_Royale's 5th c? A lot.
creator:violette_royale  au  au:rule63  location:ao3  fandom:merlin  length:70-90k  arthur/merlin  au:historical 
october 2016 by concinnity
The Dragon Rises - Chapter 1 - Footloose, mushroomtale - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:

If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:

Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.

It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.

My notes: the one where Merlin can stop bullets mid-air, in a time where there aren't many bullets left at all. Gorgeous fanart.
creator:footloose  arthur/merlin  fandom:merlin  length:100-150k  au  location:ao3  timeline:alternate  com:after.camlann.bigbang 
october 2016 by concinnity
Gadarene - Chapter 1 - unpossible - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:

“You’re the Prince?” Merlin says, eyeing him. He hesitates, then adds, defiant, “The Mad Prince of Camelot.”
Arthur doesn’t move. There’s quiet for a long time, then he says it. “I am.”
“You don’t seem mad,” he says.
The smile wells up from somewhere deep, and very sad. “Well, Merlin,” he says, “give me time.”

My notes: non-con is not between the primary pairing but occurs on-screen
location:ao3  au:slave.fic  warning:non-con  firsttime  au  fandom:merlin  creator:unpossible  arthur/merlin  length:70-90k 
june 2016 by concinnity
I Got Crowns of Words
Nimueh turns on the TV, flips it to the BBC, where the news anchor is saying, voice full of repressed excitement, “—to Catrina Tregor with the Princess of Wales, who requested an interview for today and has asked us to keep the contents hush-hush until just now, when we air it exclusively here on the BBC.”

Ygraine comes out on national television, and she and Nimueh finally say some things that have needed saying for a while.
fandom:merlin  ygraine/nimueh  creator:lady_ragnell  length:5-8k  location:ao3  au  au:modern.era  comingout  published:2014 
april 2015 by concinnity
Choose and Choose and Choose - Anonymous - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the creator:
Summary: Arthur and Gwen make a sexy addition to their fantasy life in the form of a big-eared manservant. Neither of them actually intends to turn said fantasy into reality. That part happens by accident.

My notes: SO CUTE AND GREAT
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin/gwen  creator:anon  length:10-12K  location:ao3  firsttime  polyamory  negotiation  ot3  com:merlin_holidays  published:2014 
december 2014 by concinnity
Fractured Fairytale
From the creator:
Summary: Arthur does not believe in magic. At all. Which is bad for him since he’s been sucked into a parallel universe where he keeps running into people he knows who don’t know him. Even worse, his guide is a hapless kind of sorcerer, they’ve received dodgy directions from his morally dubious half-sister, and some leathery winged beast keeps going on about some kind of quest and destiny. Arthur will be lucky to get out of his current predicament alive much less be able to get back to his own life.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:fuzzytomato  length:20-30k  location:ao3  au  time.travel  au:fairy.tales  com:paperlegends  published:2011  via:meri_sefket 
december 2014 by concinnity
As Soon As I Am Able
From the creator:
Summary: Superhero!AU

"The first fateful meeting between Gwen Cameliard and Morgana Faber (also Le Fay, Protector of the City) happens in a bar on a Friday night in the studenty part of Camelotham. Morgana's slumming it, drinking the cheapest, nastiest drink the place can offer and basking in nostalgia for a life she never quite lived. Gwen turns out to be an actual student."
fandom:merlin  gwen/morgana  creator:allothi  length:10-12K  location:ao3  au  au:super.hero  humor  fluff  firsttime  published:2011  via:meri_sefket  femslash 
december 2014 by concinnity
Mending
From the creator:
Summary: When Merlin has trouble sleeping, Arthur comes up with a solution. [Coda to 4.02]

My notes: ouch, my *heart*
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:lolafeist  length:1-3K  location:ao3  hurt/comfort  via:pru  published:2011 
may 2014 by concinnity
Run Deep (The Let's Get Medieval Remix)
From the creator:
Summary: A older noblewoman had once given Mithian this invaluable advice: “The first rule of a good dalliance is don’t get caught. The second rule is to choose as you would a horse, and get something with strong flanks and good teeth.”
fandom:merlin  mithian/percival  creator:fleete  length:1-3K  location:ao3  com:camelot.remix  published:2014 
may 2014 by concinnity
The One Where a Bear and a Dragon (and Morgana) Save the Ending From Being Eaten By Canon (The Grimm and Bear It Remix)
From the creator:
Summary: In which Arthur wonders where it all went wrong, Aithusa is determined to set things right, Morgana has unknowingly seeded her own salvation, and everyone who loves a Pendragon is damn lucky that bears always repay their debts.
fandom:merlin  gen  creator:anon  length:8-10k  location:ao3  timeline:alternate  com:camelot.remix  via:cryingonsundays  published:2014 
april 2014 by concinnity
Tales They'll Never Tell
From the creator:
Summary:Post Merlin S1; Gwen and Morgana dance around each other as Morgana works to control her magic.
fandom:merlin  gwen/morgana  creator:impertinence  length:20-30k  location:ao3  firsttime  published:2009 
april 2014 by concinnity
Lazy Sundays in Bed
From the creator:
Summary:Merlin has a tiny cock. Arthur is a bit obsessed with it and wants to be fucked by it. Oh, and they're housemates since for ever who happen to enjoy shared handjobs. Naked. In bed. Like you do.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:violette_royale  length:5-8k  location:ao3  au  au:non-magical  firsttime  friends.to.lovers  via:isweedan 
march 2014 by concinnity
So Are They All, All Honourable Men
From the creator:
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.

My notes: secondary link.
<3  creator:seperis  length:15-20k  firsttime  location:ao3  arthur/merlin  fandom:merlin 
march 2014 by concinnity
The Ivy Crown
From the creator:
Summary: We are only mortal / but being mortal / can defy our fate.

Late one night, several prisoners escape from the dungeon, Arthur disappears, and fate takes a left turn. Morgana and Gwen are dragged along into a new world of intrigue, magic, and war. (AU from 1x12 "To Kill the King")

My notes: secondary fandom: arthurian legends. The one where Morgana rules.
fandom:merlin  gwen/morgana  creator:briar_pipe  length:70-90k  location:ao3  au  timeline:alternate  established.relationship  com:paperlegends  published:2011  <3 
march 2014 by concinnity
As You Wish
From the creator:
Summary:
Anon, who is feeling poorly, requests a story on the kinkmeme with Merlin, Arthur, forced marriages, knights, and the promise of internet cookies should their request be fulfilled. Anon author, who is a bit of an asshole really, obliges in their own idiosyncratic asshole way. There's rodents of unusual size, magic that only behaves sometimes, epic love, and violins, but not necessarily all in that order.

My notes: actual laughter.
fandom:merlin  fandom:the.princess.bride  fandom:fandom  arthur/merlin  creator:winterhill  length:15-20k  location:ao3  crossover  humor  com:reel.merlin  published:2011 
february 2014 by concinnity
What Looks LIke Crazy
From the creator:
Three years after being diagnosed with HIV, Merlin Emrys is managing, if not quite coping. Enter Arthur Pendragon, the man who doesn't know how to take no for an answer.

Terminal illness: HIV/AIDS, past minor character death, non-explicit alcohol and drug use
fandom:merlin  angst  arthur/merlin  creator:hermette  length:15-20k  location:ao3  au  au:diner/coffeeshop/bakery  warning:alittlesad 
january 2014 by concinnity
True Love or Whatnot
From the creator:
Summary:
It was a momentous day, a Yuletide diplomatic meeting that presaged the beginning of peaceful relations between Camelot and the Druids.

“Dear lord, when will they stop?” Arthur hissed next to him.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:fleete  length:1-3K  location:ao3  established.relationship  humor  fluff  negotiation 
january 2014 by concinnity
Wonders Never Cease
From the creator:
Summary:
In a surprising turn of events, Arthur must put his cock in a hole.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:fleete  length:500-1k  location:ao3  humor  com:summer.pornathon 
december 2013 by concinnity
Driving Lessons
From the creator:
Summary:
It's bad enough that Arthur is going to have to get a stupid fucking stats tutor because he spends all of his lectures staring at the back of Merlin's neck and wondering what sort of noises he'd make if Arthur scraped his teeth against all that pale skin. But now, now he's supposed to tolerate Merlin showing up at his door early in the morning with snowflakes clinging to his eyelashes? Now he's supposed to spend four hours alone in a car with him, and fuck all, there is no way Arthur comes out of this without making some manner of arse out of himself.

My notes: this is so, so, so cute. So cute.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:hermette  length:5-8k  location:ao3  firsttime  au  au:college  holidays  fluff 
december 2013 by concinnity
No Matter How Far Away You Roam
From the creator:
Summary:
“I was wondering if you might come home with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell already.

“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”

“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that we’re a little bit married.”

In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur's family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:lady_ragnell  length:10-12K  location:ao3  au  au:modern.era  fake.relationship  fluff  holidays  via:herm_ette 
december 2013 by concinnity
Ancient Methods of Roasting Chickens
Summary:
The four of them do not often turn up in the same place in the same life, but now that they have, they are determined to make it work.

Now they just have to get Gwen to remember who they are.

My notes: SO DELIGHTFUL. Feels + teamfamilyhome + funny.
fandom:merlin  creator:fleete  length:5-8k  location:ao3  polyamory  reincarnation  OT4 
november 2013 by concinnity
Come Alive
From the creator:
Summary:

Arthur Pendragon, the youngest Detective Inspector in Camelot, whose job is rumoured to be cursed, stumbles over a series of crimes no one can explain. Merlin Emrys, a constantly broke student working at a shady nightclub to pay the bills, comes in as a sketch artist - one with an unusual gift. The shadow of magic, supposedly eradicated centuries ago, makes things so much more dangerous for everyone. It's hardly a good time to fall in love.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:kianspo  length:50-70k  location:ao3  au  timeline:modern.era  com:paperlegends  toread 
october 2013 by concinnity
Thistledown
From the creator:
Summary:
South-west England, 1140. Sixteen-year old Merlin is a novice nun. One day, she finds a wounded knight, and offers to hide him from his enemies. When she falls to temptation and shares a bed with him, the consequences are more far-reaching than she could ever have imagined, changing her life forever.

Written for this KMM prompt: Arthur/Merlin historical AU. Merlin is a [nun]. Arthur is a knight who asks Merlin to hide him from his enemies. At first he is happy to sleep on the floor, then he asks to sleep in Merlin's bed, then he cuddles close to Merlin to keep warm.

My notes: I put off reading this forever because the historical romance sounded...sort of heavy? This is GREAT. Light banter and real feelings and amazing, delightful worldbuilding. Yes author tell me more about the vegetation that grows by that particular river in Syria. YES. SO GOOD. Also. Merlin is a NUN. A smart, magical, delightful nun who decides to get it on with the hot knight just because she wants to. And then is smart and stubborn and strong. It's a fic that is a lot about how it feels to be a woman.
fandom:merlin  via:fleete  arthur/merlin  creator:violette_royale  length:90-110k  location:ao3  au  au:historical  genderswap  firsttime  com:kinkme-merlin  published:2012  <3 
october 2013 by concinnity
Just Like Anyone Would Bruise
From the creator:
Summary:
Nimueh sees a way to end Uther's legacy, and must go to Camelot to set it in motion.

Notes:
Warnings: this story involves sex where one of the parties is in magical disguise and the other doesn't realize it and thinks he is dreaming. Past character death, future character death, general darkness.
Written for the "mind games" square on my trope bingo card. Title from "Virgin" by Manchester Orchestra.

Probably set in the same universe as Side With Both Your Ghosts, but they stand alone.
fandom:merlin  uther/nimueh  creator:lady_ragnell  length:1-3K  location:ao3  warning:dubcon  warning:non-con  warning:alittlesad  com:trope_bingo  toread 
october 2013 by concinnity
There Are No Gays in Football
From the creator:
Summary:
When a deeply-closeted Arthur Pendragon finally earns a spot in Camelot's first XI, he's dead set on breaking records, not one of sport's last taboos. But life, like football, is a funny old game, and sometimes the only way up is out. Especially once he realises he's arse over tit for the new physio.

A queer Arthurian tale of courage, love, and football.

My notes: this was widely recced, and tbh it is only that I'm deeply bored by football (UK & US versions) that I haven't read it yet.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:malu_3  length:250-300k  location:ao3  au  au:modern.era  firsttime  angst  comingout  warning:homophobia  via:littlemousling  toread 
october 2013 by concinnity
And Leaving Me Whole - ingberry - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the creator:
Summary:
Life as a newly bitten werewolf is kind of terrible, especially when Merlin gets captured by hunters. It’s not exactly the way he expected his life to go when he moved to London, and he really wishes he could make all of it disappear. Instead, he ends up being rescued by a pack of werewolves with a slew of problems of their own, including an inner power struggle, hunters and rumours of... well, Merlin doesn’t know, exactly, but it’s not good.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:ingberry  length:30-50k  location:ao3  crossover  au  au:werewolves  com:paperlegends  via:herm_ette  toread 
september 2013 by concinnity
The View from the Mountain
From the creator:
Summary:
It's 1910 and what is left of the once powerful magical ruling class is a tired, conventional aristocracy who have let their magic slip. Merlin Emrys, pressured by expectations, travels to Italy and Switzerland to find himself. Instead he finds Arthur Pendragon, but in the end that may amount to the same thing.
(Based on E.M. Forster's A Room With a View.)

My notes: oh man. This is everything you want from an A Room With a View au.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:nympha_alba  length:30-50k  au  au:historical  firsttime  dragons  com:paperlegends  via:herm_ette 
september 2013 by concinnity
The Once and Future King
From the creator:
Summary:
When Arthur was six years old, he fell in love with a character in a book. Three guesses which character.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:fleete  length:1-3K  location:ao3  humor  com:summerpornathon2013 
september 2013 by concinnity
Heat Sink
From the creator:
Summary:
Written for rotrude's (Home Made) BAMF Merlin Mini Party, for the prompt: "I really want to see protective boys threatening and carrying through with their threat when the other is hurt or put in danger!"
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:fleete  length:1-3K  location:ao3 
september 2013 by concinnity
Crime in Magic City - Chapter 1 - chicago_ruth - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the creator:
Summary:
September 1927: Chief of Police Tristan de Bois is murdered, and Private Investigator Merlin Emrys is a convenient suspect. After all, he's been suspected of magic use almost since the first day Prohibition went into effect. Now Merlin needs to try to clear his name, keep the gangs of Camelot from running the city to the ground, and sort out the mess that is his social life.
fandom:merlin  merlin/gwaine/arthur  creator:chicago_ruth  length:50-70k  location:ao3  au  via:isweedan  toread 
august 2013 by concinnity
pennyplainknits: Podfic: Steam, by New_kate, read by Penny.
From the creator:
Summary It's been centuries since King Arthur united Albion and lifted the ban on magic. Ruled by Pendragon dynasty, the kingdom had prospered till a feud between the magicians and King Uther the Second drove the country to the brink of collapse. Now it's up to Prince Arthur and his Knights of the Engine to harness steam power to replace the magic Albion had lost, and it's up to Merlin to protect Arthur while he fulfils his destiny.
Author's Warnings reincarnation, violence, captivity, deaths of minor characters, alternative history, bad science, extreme nerdiness, evil mecha.

My notes: I love this so so much. It is a really beautiful reading, and some great editing.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:pennyplainknits  creator:new_kate  length:3-5hours  location:lj 
july 2013 by concinnity
These Are The Voyages - lady_ragnell - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the creator:
Summary:
The Avalon isn’t the Starfleet flagship, or really anything close to it. It isn’t large, or prestigious, or even particularly new. It’s not anything, really, except for Mithian’s first command, and Mithian loves it.

Or, the AU where all the Merlin ladies (and George) are the senior staff of a Starfleet ship.
fandom:merlin  fandom:startrek  elena/mithian  creator:lady_ragnell  length:10-12K  location:ao3  crossover  au  au:space  toread 
june 2013 by concinnity
Merlin | Trailer (inspired by Man of Steel) - YouTube
From the creator:
Published on Jun 9, 2013
A new video, finally! I saw the third trailer for Man of Steel at the cinema and couldn't get the thought out of doing a Merlin trailer in the same style out of my head and this video was born.

Plot: Follows the plot of the show with a focus solely on Merlin's destiny and how it is tied with Arthur's. Morgana and Mordred are the two main antagonists.
All information can be found at the end of the video.
As always, you can find this video on Tumblr (at http://summcohen.tumblr.com/post/5256...) if you wish to reblog it.

Enjoy!

My notes: as always, fanon > canon. This is a show I would watch.
fandom:merlin  vid  creator:emma.m  length:1-5min  location:youtube 
june 2013 by concinnity
Courting Trouble (The High Theater Remix)
From the creator:
Summary:
Gwaine has always fancied himself as having a theatrical flair.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  gwen/lancelot  creator:fleete  length:1-3K  location:ao3  humor  fluff  com:camelot.remix  via:isweedan 
june 2013 by concinnity
Donna Noble, King of Camelot
From the creator:
Summary:
Donna Noble takes over Camelot using her feminine charm, some sleeping pills and a giant magnet.

My notes: *__*
fandom:doctorwho  fandom:merlin  gen  creator:netgirl_y2k  length:1-3K  location:ao3  crossover  crack!  humor  via:epaulettes 
june 2013 by concinnity
This Night
From the creator:
Genre: gen, AU, angst, drama, reveal!vid

My notes: ...perfectly in line with the BBC characterizations, imo. So slightly overwrought and "gen." I still liked it, though. The moody music won me over, and there are a nice cuts. Er, coming out magically.
fandom:merlin  gen  creator:chayiana  length:1-5min  location:lj  comingout  via:epaulettes 
june 2013 by concinnity
Damsel in Distress
From the creator:
Summary:
Merlin was no expert, but the minstrel troupe's performance in the courtyard seemed to be going fairly well until the dragon landed on the roof of the Great Hall.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:the.hoyden  length:3-5k  loc 
april 2013 by concinnity
We’re Lost, It’s Cold, and There Are Dragons Out There
From the creator:
Summary:
Modern AU with magic. Arthur is relatively sure that Bear Gryllis has never had to deal with anything like the world’s most aggravating baby dragon when he was out surviving in the wilderness. Merlin thinks that Arthur has taken the whole “magic reveal” thing pretty damn well, which might have something to do with Merlin saving Arthur’s life just now when the helicopter crashed. The dragon thinks they’re both idiots.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:winterhill  length:20-30k  location:ao3  au  timeline:modern.era  warning:animal.harm  hurt/comfort 
march 2013 by concinnity
Not In This Land Alone
From the creator:
Summary:
Modern AU. When Merlin Emrys gets a summer job at Buckingham Palace, he doesn't expect to even meet King Arthur, let alone become involved in protecting him from a plot to overthrow the monarchy.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:torakowalski  length:30-50k  location:ao3  au  timeline:modern.era  firsttime  scratchesanitch 
february 2013 by concinnity
lights go out, here I go again - HalfFizzbin - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the creator:
Summary: Shortly after Arthur is resurrected in the 21st century, he finds Merlin's vibrator.
That's it. That's the plot.

Fleete's notes: Okay this is going to sound absolutely whacky after you've read this gloriously funny PWP, but this fic nearly made me cry. The dialogue in this shit is some of the best M/A banter I HAVE EVER READ, and there are these surprisingly tender moments that are so very in character and perfect. It made me remember why I ship it. God.

My notes: what fleete said.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:halffizzbin  length:3-5k  location:ao3  pwp  firsttime  humor 
february 2013 by concinnity
Red Football
From the Creator:
Summary: I'm not no red football to be kicked around the garden.

My notes: great vid about how the ladies on Merlin are treated, but with a happy ending. So, you know. AU.
fandom:merlin  gen  creator:sophinisba  length:1-5min  location:dw  au  feminism  gender 
february 2013 by concinnity
In Your Name
From the Author
Summary:
For someone with so many secrets, Merlin doesn't think he's very good at lying. So agreeing to discuss his friendship with the Prince of Wales at University as part of a televised documentary is probably not a good idea. Juggling magic, Royal protocol, suave (and persistent) Dukes, a Princess with attitude, and a serious amount of coursework was only the start. Oh and then there was Arthur himself. Yeah, probably shouldn't mention much about that...ModernAU

My notes: I'm dubious about this based on the style of the summary & notes, but it was recced to me. ?
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:bohemia  length:150-200k  location:ao3  au  timeline:modern.era  toread 
february 2013 by concinnity
The Future is Ours
From the Author:
Summary:
Morgana wakes, and it's all been a dream.
fandom:merlin  gen  creator:lady_ragnell  length:3-5k  location:ao3  fixit 
january 2013 by concinnity
The Shoemaker
From the Author:
Summary:
Historical magical AU. In turn-of-the-century Glastonbury, Freya Lake is the headmistress of an orphanage for magical children. And despite all the seers’ dire warnings, Freya is happy; her infatuation with the shoemaker’s apprentice—who may or may not be a girl underneath his shirt and trousers—is slowly coming to a head. But then a woman claiming to be Morgan Le Fay shows up on the orphanage steps, demanding to see Emrys, and Freya is forced to rearrange her priorities.

My notes: smart strong lady characters for the fucking win, and really great worldbuilding.
fandom:merlin  gwen/freya  creator:fleete  length:20-30k  location:ao3  com:merlin_holidays  au  firsttime  genderfuck 
january 2013 by concinnity
Old Love, But In Shapes That Renew And Renew Forever
From the Author:
Summary:
People accept that an old man might live alone.

People accept that he might have lost the greatest love he has ever known.

My notes: the kind of fic that is maybe only acceptable at this kind of a moment in fandom. It has a happy ending, though, okay?
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:leopardwrites  length:3-5k  location:ao3  fixit  warning:alittlesad 
december 2012 by concinnity
The Shoemaker
From the Author:
Summary:

Historical magical AU. In turn-of-the-century Glastonbury, Freya Lake is the headmistress of an orphanage for magical children. And despite all the seers’ dire warnings, Freya is happy; her infatuation with the shoemaker’s apprentice—who may or may not be a girl underneath his shirt and trousers—is slowly coming to a head. But then a woman claiming to be Morgan Le Fay shows up on the orphanage steps, demanding to see Emrys, and Freya is forced to rearrange her priorities.
fandom:merlin  gwen/freya  creator:fleete  length:20-30k  location:ao3  crossdressing  genderfuck  <3 
december 2012 by concinnity
Ashes, Embers, Flames
From the Author:
Summary:
Merlin sees him across a crowded living room and promptly spills his beer down the back of the couch and over some hapless stranger’s neck.

My notes: the one where Merlin is an antiques dealer
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:unpossible  length:50-70k  location:ao3  au  timeline:modern.era  friends.to.lovers  toread 
october 2012 by concinnity
Step By Step
From the Author:
Summary:
The Knights: A Boy Band. (Or, rather, the ten year span of how Arthur Pendragon discovers who he truly is by going from teen idol to solo sensation, maintaining friendships with his Knights and close staff, inheriting a musical empire, and happening to find his #1 fan, best friend, and eventual love along the way.)
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  arthur/elena  gwen/lance  creator:eldee  length:50-70k  location:ao3  au  au:boyband  com:paperlegends  toread  via:herm_ette 
september 2012 by concinnity
Thistledown
From the Author:
Warnings: Unspecified violence, strong dub-con, elements of shaming and misogyny.

I've placed this in the beginning of the anarchy (1135 - 1153). Otherwise, it's very much a product of an overindulgence on old-school romance (I've aimed to make it less rape-y and misogynous than that, though) and the "Brother Cadfael" books. Apart from genderbending Merlin, I've also made Gaius a woman.

My notes: this epic WIP is up to part 111/?
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  location:lj  com:kinkme-merlin  au  au:medieval  genderswap  WIP  toread  via:fleete  length:50-70k  creator:anon 
september 2012 by concinnity
We Pull These Jobs To Make A Little Money (No One Gets Hurt If They Don't Act Funny)
From the Author:ummary:

Arthur and his friends have been making their money this way for years. It's all they know and they're good enough to get away with it. Merlin grudgingly works in a bank, wishing his days away. Their worlds collide and everything changes.

AKA: Bank robbers of the round table.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:leashy_bebes  length:30-50k  location:ao3  via:herm_ette  toread 
september 2012 by concinnity
Bring Us Emrys
Summary:

Someone has butchered five of Camelot's best not two leagues from the castle gates, and left a blunt note: 'Bring us Emrys.' Already struggling with the sudden distance between Arthur and himself, even as Arthur tentatively explores the idea that all magic is not evil, Merlin must find the killers before anyone else is hurt. With Elyan at his side, Merlin rides to meet the Catha priest Alator, to invite Gaius' kidnapper to Camelot as an ally. Upon their return, all manner of magic users converge on the city, and Merlin quickly finds himself the unspoken leader of a rag-tag magical encampment, when all he wants is for things to go back to the way they used to be: when Gwen's smiles were genuine, Aithusa adored him, and Arthur's love wasn't so utterly, absolutely out of reach.
fandom:merlin  creator:enviropony  length:30-50k  location:ao3  com:paperlegends  toread  arthur/gwen 
september 2012 by concinnity
We Are All Diamonds
From the Author:
Summary:
As the precocious heir of a diamond magnate and a famous designer, Arthur lived his entire life sheltered, protected, nurtured and spoiled. He always knew that he would have to step out from behind the scenes and into the limelight to run the family business some day, but he never expected that it would happen so soon or that he would encounter resistance from a board of directors who believe that his disability makes him unfit to lead.

Neither Arthur nor Merlin are looking for salvation. They don't think there's any for them, that things are just too rotten, too far gone. But in the end, Arthur's quiet strength will be a balm to Merlin's broken soul, and it will be in Merlin's steadfast faith that Arthur finds courage.

Merlin has stood on every stage in every city in the world, performing to critical acclaim, but after years of globetrotting, he's well and truly burnt out. He didn't quit -- he ran away from stardom, dropping to obscurity in the blink of an eye, forgotten, just another face in the crowd. He's aimless and without purpose until a friend asks him to fill in on a job.

My notes: Straight schmoopy romance, but I really enjoyed it even tho the sex didn't work for me. Loved the plotting.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  length:100-150k  location:ao3  com:paperlegends  firsttime  disability  schmoop  scratchesanitch  <3  creator:footloose 
august 2012 by concinnity
Vid: What Makes You Beautiful (Merlin)
From the Producer:
Summary: Merlin doesn't know he's beautiful. Or gay. But also beautiful.
Notes: Premiered at Club Vivid 2012. Made for likeaglass.

My notes: this vid is made of smiles and hugs.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  producer:jumpercut  length:1-5min  fluff  vividcon  location:lj 
august 2012 by concinnity
would you stay if i promised you heaven?
Message received 24th of March at 9:58 pm.
‘Merlin, answer your fucking phone. I’m tired of talking to your voice machine. I know things are hard right now and I just… I know you’re mad at me, but seriously, pick up your mobile and ring me. I’m under Will, you know, the Will you’ve known since you were fresh out of your mother’s womb. W-I-L-L.’

My notes: this is notable for apparently being the authors first-ever fic, and a really readable 50k. Mind the warnings! Graphic descriptions of suicide, dead bodies, & major, life-threatening depression.
fandom:merlin  merlin/freya  gwen/morgana  merlin/arthur/gwaine  creator:sareisle  length:50-70k  firsttime  polyamory  warning:mental.illness  warning:self-harm  warning:suicide  warning:secondarycharacterdeath  location:lj  com:paperlegends 
august 2012 by concinnity
The Lonely King - Cori Lannam (corilannam) - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the Author:
Summary:
The Prince of Wales at his school. Merlin was sure it was all just a very bad joke. A modern royalty AU.

My notes: this is a great traditional romance. I gasped and clutched my pearls at the variation of the coronation ceremony, because I am apparently a royalist at heart, or something. But otherwise a solid read.
fandom:merlin  com:paperlegends  length:50-70k  location:ao3  au  timeline:modern.era  creator:corilannam 
august 2012 by concinnity
Catch Me A Catch - giselleslash - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the Author:
Summary:
Modern AU, Merlin uses his magic to work as a magical matchmaker. Elena is a customer hoping to snag Arthur Pendragon but things don’t go exactly as planned. Gwaine is there to be Merlin's always helpful, nearly always shirtless, neighbor.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:giselleslash  length:30-50k  fluff 
august 2012 by concinnity
Closer to Love
From the Authors:
Summary:
The boys have a little downtime during the filming of the next Real Arthur and Merlin and Colin wants to sight see. Bradley has ... other plans. Written because i_claudia said "THE EAST TOWER JUNIOR SUITE HAS A JACUZZI!"and gealach_ros said "WANTS!"
fandom:merlin  colin/bradley  creator:hermette  creator:i_claudia  length:5-8k  established.relationship  location:ao3 
july 2012 by concinnity
Imitate the Sun
From the Author:
A BBC Merlin AU. The passing of the crown is never easy, but Gerard has the additional task of bringing Camelot out from the shadow of his late father's fear of magic. Meanwhile, Mikey's nightly visions are growing more ominous by the day, and Frank, a new arrival at court, is occupying more and more of Gerard's thoughts. Is Frank other than he appears at first glance? And how can Gerard, Ray and the rest of his knights protect Camelot from the dangers of the world when the threat may come from within? A tale of magic, betrayal, sacrifice and true love.
baaandom  mcr  fandom:merlin  frank/gerard  length:50-70k  au  crossover  com:bandombigbang  location:lj  toread  creator:mistresscurvy 
july 2012 by concinnity
Dew Point
From the Author: Summary:
Arthur Pendragon is as popular and successful as a sixth former can be. He hasn’t quite figured out his future yet, but it’s going to be brilliant, he’s certain. At least until some daring stranger on a cool motorcycle topples his world upside down on the first day of school. Modern magical AU.
Notes:

Extended warnings: underage (all characters engaged in sexual activities are over the UK age of consent), explicit sexual content, unprotected sex, owls being carnivorous, made up locations, possible abuse of certain works of literature, teens drinking alcohol, foul language.

My notes: cute angsty pining.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  length:50-70k  au  au:highschool  location:ao3  creator:anon 
june 2012 by concinnity
How to Fight Loneliness
Prompt:RPF, Bradley/Colin (triggers: possible eating disorder, depression)

Off camera, Colin is really extremely shy, especially around people he doesn't know well. It was alright to harbor an unrequited crush on Bradley while it was just them and the girls. But with the new dynamic on set in S4, Colin feels like he's losing even his friend Bradley to the new 'more interesting' people. He can't change who he is, so instead of fighting for Bradley's attention, Colin rivets into himself, and soon the only time he's laughing is when Merlin is. With so many new people around, no one is watching him too closely, so when he forgets to eat time and again, no one notices. Until he collapses on set.

Bradley has always taken Colin's shyness for lack of interest, so he never said anything. Time for him to reveal his real feelings.

My notes: if you've ever wondered what having anorexia could be like, here's your very accurate and rather depressing description.
fandom:merlin  bradley/colin  creator:brokenandremade  length:12-15k  location:lj  com:kinkme-merlin  firsttime  warning:alittlesad  warning:mental.illness  warning:food.body.issues  via:pru  via:moonklutz 
june 2012 by concinnity
corilannam | FIC: The Tournament of All Magicks (Merlin, 1/4)
From the Author:
Summary: Merlin is invited to compete in a tournament of magic. Sure, he'd like to become the champion of all Albion, but first he has to get past giant creatures, a seductive sorceress, and the crown prince of Camelot.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:corilannam  length:30-50k  toread 
june 2012 by concinnity
This weekend
My notes: the one where Arthur runs a security company and Fury calls them in. Character study, cute.
fandom:avengers  fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:loaded_march  length:3-5k  crossover  via:christycorr 
may 2012 by concinnity
Possibly Maybe I'm Falling For You
From the Author:
Summary:
Merlin walks into his favourite coffee shop one morning to find the Prince of Wales behind the till. His life only gets more surreal from there.

My notes: "You’re the Prince of Wales and I’m a scholarship student with magical powers and we both work at a coffee shop. I’m pretty sure we’re already in that horrible drama."
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  length:12-15k  au  au:college  creator:lady_ragnell  au:diner/coffeeshop/bakery 
may 2012 by concinnity
But It's a Good Refrain
From the Author:
Summary:

Arthur doesn't care much about the popular radio program Dragon's Lonely Hearts until his ex-girlfriend calls in to slag him off and get advice. When he calls in and has an on-air argument with the host, it starts off more than he expected, including meddling friends, overinvolved fans, and maybe love.

My notes: a bit like a Friends episode. Nothing much happens, but you don't care because you love the relationships between them. lady_ragnell has a good banter. And I'm a real sucker for an epistolary romance.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  length:20-30k  au  au:radio  epistolary.romance  fluff  creator:lady_ragnell 
april 2012 by concinnity
Fundamental Imperfection
Summary:
In which an argument about Dickens leads to a Twitter scandal, broken bones, midnight conversations, and transatlantic longing.
(Or, an AU with Arthur and Merlin as moderately famous authors.)
Notes:
Warning: this fic contains brief and blasé references to suicide and addiction. (Which is subsequently written off as artistic temperament.) It also features Arthur as a snob, a fair amount of epistolary material, and a lot of literary references.

My notes: fair warning for non-ironic references to Brecht's genius and minor references to graduate school. This felt like a real indulgence to read; literary foreplay ftw.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  creator:starlingthefool  length:12-15k  au  au:literary 
april 2012 by concinnity
at least it would seem that we don't
From the author:
based on two drabbles by lilian_cho, who replied to a prompt on kinkme_merlin that said: "Arthur/Merlin, reincarnation, one time they get re-born as brothers."

NB, this is comment fic disguised as RL!fic, and not to be taken all too seriously. Also, as an extra warning: as the prompt suggests, this fic has incestuous elements. So you know what's coming. That is all. HENJOY!

My notes: another one I'd bookmarked ages ago. I like this because they are awkward and stupid and frustrated, and then there's a happy handwaving ending.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  length:12-15k  au  au:reincarnation  firsttime  incest  creator:derryere 
april 2012 by concinnity
Merlin Tournament of Champions
the Merlin Tournament of Champions games winter 2012. Teams Reincarnation, Canon, Modern AU & Historical AU all submitted tons of art & fic for this challenge.
fandom:merlin  com:merlin_games  toread 
march 2012 by concinnity
The One Where Merlin and Arthur Attempt to Have a Tasteful Wedding - fuzzytomato - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
From the Author:
Summary:
Merlin and Arthur decide to get married. That was the easy part. Planning their wedding on the other hand... A fic about the trials and tribulations of wedding planning. Based on the KMM prompt of organizing their own wedding. It's harder than they thought (good advice from friends, things that go wrong, nervousness/frustrations, etc.). In other words, approx 21k of cracky wedding shenanigans.
Notes:
Thanks to the lovely eldee and sheswatching for the beta.

My notes: this is the one where Merlin and Arthur think they can easily plan a wedding, and then remember what kind of friends they have. Fluffy adorable clouds of silly schmoopy times and sex on a recliner. Just what the doctor ordered for when you're feeling a bit down.
fandom:merlin  arthur/merlin  length:20-30k  au  au:modern.era  fluff  schmoop  via:pru  creator:fuzzytomato 
march 2012 by concinnity
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