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It's marvelous having Merlin's books to work with. It's like talking with the master.
Belle to King Arthur src

Merlin's Books are books featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They first appear in the second episode of the fifth season.


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Before Third Curse


After Third Curse


Trivia

On-Screen Notes

  • The book which Regina opens in Merlin's tower to read about the magical toadstool (seen upside-down),[1] is a facsimile of page 392 of Foxe's Book of Martyrs,[2] a work of Protestant history and martyrology by the sixteenth century English historian and martyrologist John Foxe, published in 1563. The opposite page[1] and two other pages[3] also seem to be taken from the book: While the text mostly illegible, the pages have the same layout as Foxe's book (two columns separated by a vertical line). ("Siege Perilous")
    • The book that Emma opens while discussing plans with Regina (also seen upside-down),[4] contains a facsimile of page 654 and 655 of Foxe's Book of Martyrs.[5] ("Dreamcatcher")
  • The illustration of the magical toadstool says vermiculus coronum,[6] which is Latin for "crimson crown".[7] ("Siege Perilous")
  • The book with information about the Crimson Crown (note that a few words are illegible on-screen, but can be read on a prop page which was auctioned off on eBay in March 2019;[8] the illegible text is set in fuchsia), says:[9]


The Crimson Crown has as
its essence a moste
pernicious poison that brings
to pass an intemperate
humour and can lead to the
demyse [sic] o' the wight if
remedye [sic] is not administer'd
in time.

There are other properties
that this toadstool doth
possess magical properties
It is of beneficence when one
has to communicate across
barriers even through
spells. They grow in
Brocéliande The Forest of
Eternal Night.

The Crimson Crown has
masculine correspondences
and is aligned with the
planet Mercury and the air
element. It may be used as a fertility
charm. Some use this
toadstool to aid with astral
travel
. This can be
dangerous.

Some associate this fungus
with Dionysus.

There are a number of other
folk magic uses for The
Crimson Crown, and one
may incorporate them at a
symbolic level, rather than
actually eating them.

In many areas, the
appearance of a ring of
Crimson Crowns on the
ground is cause for either
rejoicing or alarm. In The
Southern Lands, these
circles are known as fairy
rings
– and they are where
the Fae come to dance and
cavort after a rainstorm.

Moreover, like many other
locations associated with
faeries [sic], humans who,
perchance, dare to enter
such a ring may find
themselves asleep for a
hundred years, or worse
yet, whisked off to the land
of the little folk, never to
return.

In the Western Mountains,
these rings are formed when
an ogre sets down his milk
churn – once he picks it up,
there's a big circle left in the
grass.

In some ridings, such as The
Enchanted Forest and the
wetlands to the East, these
rings are associated with
sorcery and malevolent
magic, and travelers are
well-advised to steer clear of
them.
("Siege Perilous")
  • Some of the text, is adapted from Witchipedia.com's article "Magical and Spiritual Considerations", about the mushroom Amanita muscaria. The original text reads thus:
"Magic mushroom has masculine [sic] and is aligned with the planet Mercury and the air element. It may be used as a fertility charm. Some use this mushroom to aid with astral travel. However, it should be noted that using chemical assistance is never advised and can be dangerous. Some associate this fungus with Dionysus, mainly because of its intoxicating potential."[10]
Other parts of the text are adapted from the following excerpts from the online article "Mushroom Magic and Folklore", available on About.com at the time the episode was filmed,[11] but later moved to the subdomain ThoughtCo.:[12]
  • "In Holland, these rings are believed to be left when the Devil sets down his milk churn - once he picks it up, there's a big circle left in the grass. In some countries, such as France and Austria, these rings are associated with sorcery and malevolent magic, and travelers are well-advised to steer clear of them."
  • "In many areas, the appearance of a ring of mushrooms on the ground is cause for either rejoicing or alarm. In Great Britain, these circles are known as fairy rings - and they are where the Fae come to dance and frolic after a rainstorm. However, like many other locations associated with faeries, humans who dare to enter such a ring may find themselves asleep for a hundred years, or worse yet, whisked off to the land of the wee folk, never to return."


I cause these changes to take place in
conformity with my will

So must it be!

The first requisite for being the
arbiter of physical transformation is
thorough qualitative and
quantitative understanding of the
consternation of the blade, the
first party.

This must be repeated in
honor of the second, sentient party.
Once this has been achieved these
subtle energies may be entwined.

To bind two disparate phenomena.
To make them one in an act of
diabolic synergy.
Speaketh the following incantation:

'He who will wield
this dread blade
Shall be fast held to it its purpose.
The kind who cleft thee so
in twain I held in thrall,
their name be graven.'
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Props Notes

  • A piece of concept art by Neil Westlake reveals an unused page of instructions on how to communicate through magical barriers:[16]


The True Spell of
the
Crimson Crown

There is a Forme of
true Divination, for
speaking through
barriers, of both
material and that of
the spirit worlde.

For the workings, the adept will need the
Crimson Crowne toadstool which is then
renderede down into complete morsels.

The Nine Woods in the Cauldron go, burn them
fast and burn them slow. When is ebullient and
steaming, add some comfrey horsetail yarrow
and the umbilicus of a mooncalf. Mix well in a
deosil fashion.

Into theis [sic] melange the mushroom should be
thrown and soon thereafter a portal cloud will
start to forme. It is in ??? of the cloud that
the adept will speke '[sic] and communicate with
those as according to her will.


  • "Nine Woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow" is taken directly from the Wiccan Rede,[17] an official statement that provides the key moral system of Wicca.

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