Damsel in Distress (Merlin fanfiction)

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Title: Damsel in Distress
Author(s): The Hoyden
Date(s): 05 December 2008
Length: 4,300 words, 31:06 min
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: Damsel in Distress (LiveJournal)
Damsel in Distress (AO3)
Damsel in Distress (audiobook)
audiobook cover by cybel

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Damsel in Distress is a Merlin/Arthur story by The Hoyden (~4,300 words). With almost 400 comments and more than 500 bookmarks at delicious this early Merlin story was one of the most popular ones in the early months of Merlin fandom.

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.

The story was podficced by twilight_angel[1] and is available as mp3 and as audiobook at the Audiofic Archive. The podfic is 31:06 minutes long and the audiobook, including cover, was created by cybel.

Recs and Reviews

  • "Merlin gets abducted by a dragon and it's up to Arthur to save him! (Good thing the dragon isn't trying very hard to get away.) This is one adorable bundle of fluff. The dialogue is sharp, the OC (i.e., the dragon) is awesome, and Merlin and Arthur are too cute for words. In other words, it's just like the show, only with less magic and killing (well, except for dragon snacks). Ideal for anyone needing a break from angst."[2]
  • "A dragon shows up at Camelot, loudly identifies Merlin as a warlock and takes him as his guide to find other dragons. Arthur promises he will find Merlin no matter what, not for the reasons Merlin imagines, though. Funny, absurd and sweet."[3]
  • "Merlin is captured by a dragon, and Arthur follows. It’s funnier than that sounds."[4]
  • "A delightful story in which we discover that all dragons ship Merlin/Arthur, not just the one hanging out under the castle. And Arthur makes a friend."[5]


  1. ^ twilight_angel. Podfic: Damsel in Distress (Merlin, Merlin/Arthur), 18 May 2009. (Accessed 21 August 2010)
  2. ^ jane_elliot. Damsel in Distress by The Hoyden (PG), in: epic_recs, 07 September 2009. (Accessed 21 August 2010)
  3. ^ readingz. Fanfic: "Damsel in Distress" by The Hoyden . [Arthur/Merlin] . [N7], 08 April 2009. (Accessed 25 November, 2012)
  4. ^ Templum Bellonae - Damsel in Distress. (Accessed 21 August 2010)
  5. ^ CRASH AND BURN: Fanfiction Recs - BBC's Merlin (2008). (Accessed 21 August 2010)