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Merlin's Cave: Horcrux Hidey-Hole? [Aug. 5th, 2006|03:05 am]
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While doing some research on Cornwall for an HP fanfic, I came across the Arthurian legend notes, one of which places "Merlin's Cave" on the north coast of Cornwall in Tintagel, at the base of a cliff.  The cave is accessible at low tide only.  Tintagel Castle is reputedly the birthplace of Arthur and Alfred Lord Tennyson tells of Merlin standing outside the cave, holding the newborn Arthur over his head.

Would this be the place where Dumbledore & Harry went Horcrux Hunting in book 6?  They scaled down a cliff, did some swimming ...

[User Picture]From: davidcamp
2006-08-05 11:10 am (UTC)
I went to Tintagel this summer and went in the cave. It did look very Half Blood Princey.

They should shoot there when they're filming HBP next fall.
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[User Picture]From: photigrapes
2006-08-05 12:05 pm (UTC)
Seems like a very Tom Riddle-y thing to do, use Merlin's Cave to hide a horcrux. Then he could feel connected to Merlin via the cave, as well as to Slytherin by blood. Voldie seems to pride himself on his connection to Slytherin, and he's rather obsessed with connecting himself to the other founders (through horcruxes), so it makes sense to me that he might hide them so he can connect himself to other famous wizards.

ps-sorry if this makes no sense or I repeat myself or whatever. I didn't get much sleep last night. X-D
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[User Picture]From: terrylj
2006-08-05 01:20 pm (UTC)
Susan Cooper's book "Over Sea, Under Stone" (in the Dark is Rising series, which has extremely Arthurian and Merlinian ties) has an object hidden in a cave at the bottom of a cliff in Cornwall, accessible only at low tide. I never realized what that was supposed to be before, although it makes a lot of sense given the rest of the series. Thanks for pointing this out!
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[User Picture]From: csi_tokyo3
2006-08-06 05:04 am (UTC)

Take a look through the list & see if any of the other sites match up with her books. Could be amusing. ^^
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[User Picture]From: maigraith
2006-08-05 08:22 pm (UTC)
That's really neat, thanks for pointing out a connection that I wouldn't have gotten on my own!
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[User Picture]From: serendipityxxi
2006-08-06 07:03 am (UTC)
Wow! That fits so well! I wonder if JKR did that on purpose! I can so see Voldemort doing that since they seem to hold Merlin up as a really important figure in the Wizarding World. Really neat connection there :)

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[User Picture]From: csi_tokyo3
2006-08-06 07:05 am (UTC)
Might have. If it was an orphanage day trip, however, and the orphanage was in London ... they'd only have a certain area they could have travelled to. I'm not sure if Cornwall's doable in a day. But everything else seems to fit. >D
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