Study Guide

The Crystal Cave Characters

By Mary Stewart

Merlin (Myrddin Emrys, Merlinus Ambrosius)

Chances are you've come across Merlin before. The Sword in the Stone, maybe? Excalibur? The TV...

Ambrosius

Surprisingly, we don't get a lot of details about Ambrosius—the ambitious would-be King of...

Uther

Uther is…not the nicest guy you're ever going to meet. He's not a villain, exactly, but...

Niniane

Merlin's mom is no stranger to family or political controversy. Her fling with Ambrosius, the...

Galapas

Merlin's wise teacher and friend lives in a cave just above Maridunum and has been one with...

Cadal

Cadal is the first person Merlin can really talk to in Ambrosius' court. He's funny and chill and...

Camlach

Camlach, Merlin's scheming uncle, is a total villain. He's so villainous that Mary Stewart gave...

Vortigern

Like many of the characters in this book, Vortigern is the stuff of legends. If you check out...

Cerdic

Cerdic turns out to be Merlin's only male friend and protector at the palace in South Wales. He's...

Dinias

Merlin's cousin (an illegitimate son of Merlin's grandpa) has no love for him. Dinias spends most...

Gorlois of Cornwall

Gorlois is the first friendly face, outside of Cadal's, that Merlin sees when he flees the scene...

Ygraine, Duchess of Cornwall

Old Gorlois' wife is definitely the surprise player of this book. When we first hear about her,...

Belasius

Merlin tells us that Ambrosius brings Belasius on board to be his tutor in Brittany. Belasius is...

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