Merlin Holidays

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Name: Merlin Holidays
Date(s): 2010 - present
Moderator: clevermonikerr, dreamdustmama, ella_bane, itachitachi, marguerite_26, merlin_hols
Founder: ella_bane
Type: Secret Santa, gift exchange
Fandom: Merlin
URL: merlin_holidays (LiveJournal)
Merlin Holidays 2010 Reveal Post!
Merlin Holidays 2011 Reveal Post!
List of Merlin Holidays Reccers

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Merlin Holidays is a anonymous Merlin multi-ship fic/art gift exchange. All pairings and ratings are welcome.


In 2010, the first year of the gift exchange, Merlin/Arthur dominated the fest by far.[1] Out of fifty-two works, thirty-eight of them were Merlin/Arthur. The remaining fourteen consisted of: one Arthur/Gwen/Lance, one Arthur/Merlin/Morgana, one Arthur/Morgana, two Bradley/Colin, three gen pieces, three Arthur/Gwen, one Gwen/Morgana, one Merlin/Gwaine, and one Morgana/Morgause.[1]

2011 statistics:[2]

1 Arthur/Gwaine
1 Arthur/Merlin/Morgana
1 Arthur/Percival
1 Uther/Merlin
1 Lancelot
3 Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin
4 Merlin/Morgana
6 Gwaine/Merlin
52 Merlin/Arthur
30 Canon and Canon AU works
39 Modern AU works
. . . including 2 Royal AU's, 2 Dystopic AU's, and 1 MPREG


The rules of the gift exchange were adepted with permission from merry_smutmas:

1. This fest is limited to 50 participants.
2. All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
3. If you join and request a fic or artwork, you must agree to create a fic or artwork in return. Artwork in this fest includes traditional art, graphics and fanvids.
4. You cannot choose the person for whom you will create fanwork. You will be assigned a challenge via email by a community moderator.
5. All fics must be at least 1,000 words. Fanvids must be at least 45 seconds long. Fanarts must be a complete piece and more than a sketch or preview (lines inked or seams blended). For icons, it must be a batch of at least 10 icons with a tying theme. There is no upper limit as to length or quality. If you are unsure about the “value” of your fanwork, please feel free to ask the mods.
6. All works must be cleaned up and beta-ed.
7. In order to preserve anonymity, all fanworks must be able to stand on their own and not be part of another series or a sequel/prequel to other works by the same fan.
8. All works should be emailed to a community moderator at [email protected] for posting.
9. Please do not submit your work until you are completely satisfied with it. Once a fanwork is submitted, no revisions will be permitted. If typos or obvious inattention mistakes are spotted we will ask that particular creator personally if we may change it if we are able to, to avoid multiple copies of the same work and possible posting of the wrong version.
10. The moderators reserve the right to return any fanwork for revision if they feel it does not meet the recipient's request, or does not meet the quality standards (beta-ed and cleaned-up).
11. All fanworks posted here will be exclusive to the community until the names of the creators have been revealed. Please do not post them elsewhere on the Internet until that time.[3]

Merlin Holidays 2010


Artist Title Recipient Details
amythystluna Mistletoe joteismiles Arthur/Merlin
scatter_muse Prince Arthur and the Peanut Gallery teaboytoaliens Gen
reni_m Sunset Flight dk323 Arthur/Merlin
eloquent_toast Dark of the matinee (a night much less ordinary) giselleslash Bradley/Colin
emerald_dragon8 Crossfire curia_regis Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen
zephre Exclusive: Software Wizard Beguiles King of Screen corilannam Arthur/Merlin
vicky_v Always My Duty (And My Pleasure) zephre Arthur/Merlin
jungle_ride You Just Keep On Getting Closer dollop_head Merlin/Morgana
jungle_ride What A Wicked Ground dollop_head Arthur/Gwen
mustbethursday3 Maybe tomorrow I'll find my way home jungle_ride Gwen
madnessisreal First Meetings thisissirius Arthur/Merlin
waltzing_mice We Were Once Friends amaranthine_7 Gwen/Morgana
amythystluna byrne piscaria Merlin
ravyn_ashling Stay, Stay emerald_dragon8 Arthur/Merlin


Author Title Recipient Details
hermette Driving Lessons wordsdiminish Arthur/Merlin
corilannam Same as It Ever Was emilyia Arthur/Merlin
leviathans_moon Some people are gay, but no one knows madnessisreal Bradley/Colin
ann7x Time, Truth, and Hearts chicaintcheap Arthur/Merlin
emeraldsword Questing eloquent_toast Gwaine/Merlin
emilyia trois (will all our sins be justified?) leviathans_moon Arthur/Merlin/Morgana
tourdefierce Picture Maker shippouzrus Arthur/Merlin
teaboytoaliens Swimming with A Raincoat purely_distel Arthur/Gwen
shadecat Of Fate and Fireflies hermette Arthur/Merlin
reiya_wakayama From the Mouths of Children Come Truth faynia Arthur/Merlin
eldee That Night At The Club okydoky Arthur/Merlin
curia_regis Ripples pepperlandgirl4 Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen
okydoky Just Dance tourdefierce Arthur/Merlin
doylefan22 Weight of Conscience merlin_holidays Morgana/Morgause, Gwen/Morgana
rotrude True Love's Curse venivincere Arthur/Merlin
thisissirius You're on Solid Ground bananahater336 Arthur/Merlin
sabriel75 We Could Be Epic waltzing_mice Arthur/Merlin
riventhorn Of Cabbages and Kings rotrude Arthur/Merlin
amaranthine_7 Until the colours would wash away the grey doylefan22 Arthur&Morgana, friendship
wordsdiminish Both Sides fuzzytomato02 Arthur/Merlin
purely_distel She Knows mustbethursday3 Arthur/Gwen
shippouzrus The New Tutor eldee Arthur/Merlin
pepperlandgirl4 How We Swallow the Sun ann7x Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Mordred
kate0404 When the World Stops Spinning, Time Rushes On scatter_muse Arthur/Merlin
bananahater336 To be Worthy of Merlin's Books and Bed kate0404 Arthur/Merlin
faynia All Things Red, Gold, and White vicky_v Arthur/Gwen/Lancelot
joteismiles The Little Things ravyn_ashling Arthur/Merlin
dollop_head Careless Guidance of an Inadequate Englishman amythystluna Arthur/Merlin
jungle_ride Sitting on the Dock of the Bay and From the Dark dollop_head Merlin/Morgana
chicaintcheap A Moving Target emeraldsword Arthur/Merlin
fuzzytomato02 We Cannot Live Unbruised riventhorn Arthur/Merlin
giselleslash When the music changes, so does the dance ayane_tsurugi Arthur/Merlin
cassie_black12 Showmance sabriel75 Arthur/Merlin
dk323 Rowan reiya_wakayama Arthur/Merlin
ayane_tsurugi Going Once, Going Twice cassie_black12 Arthur/Merlin
venivincere Collared shadecat Arthur/Merlin
piscaria The Cup and the Dagger reni_m Arthur/Merlin

Merlin Holidays 2011


The Light of Dawn by amythystluna. Created for nympha_alba for Merlin Holidays (2011). The fanart shows a snowed-in Camelot as seen by a naked Arthur from the safety of his room while Merlin is waiting for him to come back to bed.
Artist Title Recipient Details
amythystluna The Light of Dawn nympha_alba Arthur/Merlin
arithilim Dance Down to Nothing trinitys_sin Arthur/Merlin
amphigoury Blind Submission coffeemugged Arthur/Percival
meltedbones Waiting winterstorrm Merlin, Gen
reni_m First Light lyryk Merlin, Arthur
shan_3414 U + Me tsukishirou Merlin/Gwaine
yue_ix Give Yourself Away pathera Merlin/Morgana
jungle_ride Behind Those Eyes merlin_holidays vid: Merlin/Morgana, graphics: gen
hbics Lancelot, I won't let you choke, feels like a trial; a merlin/arthur story mix wolfangeldeath Gen, Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Merlin
waltzing_mice Twas the Night Before Christmas junkshop_disco Merlin/Gwaine
zephre Discovery m_frantic Arthur/Merlin
luisadeza Wear This Belt For All To See slightlytookish Merlin/Gwaine
ravyn_ashling You'll be the king and I'll be . . . mightypretty Arthur/Merlin
waltzing_mice Make It Better piscaria Arthur/Merlin
yue_ix My Fucking Perfect Arse giselleslash Arthur/Gwaine
amythystluna Without Regret tourdefierce Arthur/Merlin
ravyn_ashling Happy Christmas, Baby! derryere Arthur/Merlin


And One Christmas Day, We'll Be Happy by wolfangeldeath for shan_3414 [Arthur/Morgana, Arthur/Merlin/Morgana]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Morgana, Arthur/Merlin/Morgana
Word Count: ~2k
Warnings: Threesome (non-explicit), Fluff?, Hot Chocolate
Summary: Glimpses into the second lives of Arthur, Merlin, and Morgana

The Archivists: A Third Generation, Vol II: Selected Scenes. by derryere for flypaw [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: R for Rawr, ‘tis a monster!
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur and a grand clever variation on those names
Word Count: ~11,5K
Warnings: There’s a bit of blood here and there, but that’s what happens when you run around with swords. Vague mention of canon death, but nothing graphic.
Summary: “A short selection of ___ ___’s latest instalment of The Archivists series. Magic, patience and friendship are put to the test once again when a mysterious force attacks the city! If you are a fan of adventure, sit tight, because you’re in for a ride!” –Geoffrey M. Moth, LBN Weekly
Author's Notes: Oh man oh man I hope you like this, flypaw. When the mods asked me if I could pinch hit I was like, sure! But then I saw the prompt and got super excited, because folklore? Adventure? Misunderstandings? My favourite things! I tried to incorporate as many of your likes into the story and I hope I didn’t get it completely wrong.

Borderlands by nympha_alba for lolafeist [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: R
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 11,000
Summary: Canon era AU. When Arthur is separated from his knights by a mysterious fog on the Mercian border, he finds himself trapped in a place that seems to balance between dream and reality. To regain his freedom he must put his trust in one of Lord Bayard's closest men - a man who calls himself Merlin.

Bound to Serve by piscaria for poetryofearth [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: ~12k
Warnings: War-time violence involving dragons
Summary: When he accidentally reveals himself to be a Dragonlord, Merlin is drafted into the service of Camelot’s Royal Dragon Force.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to J., E.B., and D.D.M. for their help and encouragement while beta’ing this story. Based on this prompt: Modern AU where dragons roam free and kingdoms fight using dragons combined with modern warfare.

Break Down and Rebuild by alafaye for meltedbones [Merlin/Gwaine, Arthur/Merlin/Gwaine]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Gwaine, Merlin/Gwaine/Arthur
Word Count: 2570
Warnings: intercourse, blow job, threesome
Summary: Arthur realizes that his life isn't for him; he sets out and changes it.

The Fall by slantedknitting for eldee [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin. Also featuring Gwaine/Merlin (graphic), Lancelot/Gwen, Morgause/Cenred, Arthur/Gwen (past), and Merlin/Freya (past).
Word Count: ~29,500
Warnings: Some homophobia. Grieving. Lots and lots of pumpkins. And a heaping side-order of angst. Also character death.
Summary: (American) Modern AU. Arthur meets an unemployed and couch-surfing Merlin at Uther's funeral and decides to let him stay in Uther's apartment rent-free for a while. It should be a simple arrangement, but something about Merlin makes him so much more than just a tenant.

For Better or Worse by elirwen for reni_m [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, not even directly mentioned Gwen/Lancelot
Word Count: ~3800
Warnings: violence and injuries (not overly graphic), spoilery warning: **not permanent character death**
Summary: Merlin and Arthur's bond grows stronger every day, but what will happen when Uther finds out about Merlin being a sorcerer?
Author's Notes: My try at an epic story. And because it was me writing it, it ended very hurt/comfort-ish. :) This is the first story placed in my new 'verse for which I'll continue writing after the reveals.

furor scribendi. by tsukishirou for angstslashhope [Merlin/Gwaine]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Merlin/Gwaine
Word Count: 7,915
Warnings: none, really.
Summary: Guinevere starts a project of letters to be read in several years' time, and Merlin uses that chance to write down every secret he wanted to tell.

A Heavy Heart to Carry by xthursdaynextx for dk323 [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: R
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 12k
Warnings: Kidnap, mild violence of the kind seen on the show
Summary: When Merlin is captured and injured, Arthur must face up to his own feelings for his manservant as well as the many secrets he discovers are being kept from him.
Author's Notes: Happy Merlin Holidays to dk323 who wanted hurt/comfort with Arthur realising how important Merlin is to him after nearly losing him.

The Hunt by novemberlite for vissy [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 12,200
Warnings: knotting, rimming, rough sex
Summary: “Those Pendragons, they’re a different sort. Beastly, but clever. It’s said they’re drawn to magic--to power--and that’s how they find their... mate.”

Keep Me Guessing (Please) by jazzy_peaches for ravyn_ashling [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 2,162
Warnings: A disparaging comment about the Siri App for the new iPhone.
Summary: Arthur learns that not taking a risk can be a risk in and of itself.

I Got You by castmeaway for xthursdaynextx [Arthur/Merlin, other pairings]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin (also side, non explicit A/Sophia, A/Vivian, A/Percival and A/Gwen- trust me, it's still all about A/M!)
Word Count: ~ 5.1K
Warnings: None
Summary: Merlin was the one that Arthur would never drop, because he had always been there to catch Arthur in return.

'I tried to put my finger on it, I might have inhaled you' by hate_blueprint for ourspacesongs [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin with a side of Gwen/Lancelot and Arthur/Sophia.
Word Count: 4,477
Warnings: None really.
Summary: When you love your best friend you have to wait for them to catch up and get with the program.

If it's not too late for coffee (I'll be at your place in ten) by ourspacesongs for lullabylily [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur with a hint of background Gwen/Lance
Word Count: 16,200 words
Warnings: University AU, blink and you miss it dubcon, mostly just lots of boys being frustratingly in love
Summary: Based on [info]lullabylily’s prompt “Arthur tries to court Merlin by stalking him across the building with a coffee cart. Merlin thinks Arthur is an obnoxious prat.”

In Sickness or in Health by happyevraftr for venivincere [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 14,903
Warnings: In depth description of medical conditions and treatments
Summary: When The Plague threatens to spread to Camelot Arthur must make tough decisions to protect his kingdom and Merlin must race to save his village no matter the cost. The two of them work together to protect Camelot and the future of Albion, all while trying to understand the love they carry for each other.

It Only Took Three Years and a Dare by giselleslash for hate_blueprint [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, with Morgana/Leon, Gwen/Lance, Gwaine/Percival, Elena
Word Count: 4.6k
Warnings: None
Summary: A drunken game of Truth or Dare goes awry but kinda sorta turns out to be the best game Arthur’s ever played.

Let me be your canvas by marguerite_26 for slantedknitting [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 11,600
Content Notes/Warnings: tattooing/body art, light bondage
Summary: Merlin wants a tattoo. And maybe the tattoo artist as well.

Let Me Take Care of You by catarotta for bananahater336 [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 2469
Warnings: Age Difference [Merlin 31, Arthur 24], Professor!Merlin, Gradstudent!Arthur, Established relationship, Top!Merlin
Summary: Arthur finds himself nearly breaking down as writer’s block has halted him while writing his dissertation paper. Merlin knows just how to relax him.

The Loudness of My Heart by hereticalvision for the merlin_holidays community [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 3000
Warnings: Excessive cuteness
Summary: Arthur had no interest in acting or in theatre types, until Morgana dragged him to the university theatre and the sexy stage manager gave him a goofy smile.

No Need for Mistletoe by corilannam for rotrude [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Gwaine/Elena
Word Count: 12,255
Warnings: None
Summary: It's three days before Christmas. Merlin, surgeon at Camelot Hospital, is about to have his first date with Arthur, solicitor for Albion Healthcare. What could go wrong?

Of Ears and Wine by trinitys_sin for analise010 [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 1,489
Warnings: None
Summary: Arthur says some hurtful things about Merlin's ears.

On Pins and Needles (In the Company of Wolves) by coffeemugged for yue_ix [Merlin/Uther]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Uther
Word Count: 17,325
Warnings: D/s, student-teacher relationship, age disparity (Merlin is 16), BDSM,
Summary: Sometimes, the fairy tale heroine isn't just a cutout victim waiting for her saviour, but the agent of her own fate. Merlin thinks so, anyway, as he tries his best to woo a beast of his own - his English Lit teacher - Mr Pendragon.

Outdoor Skills by lullabylily for reiya_wakayama [Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin
Word Count: 3.7 k
Warnings: modern AU, unprotected oral sex
Summary: Arthur invites himself along Merlin and Gwaine’s three day camping trip. Set in the ‘middle of nowhere’, Merlin gets stung by a bee. Nobody panic! Except that Merlin is, of course, allergic…

Painting By Numbers by junkshop_disco for luisadeza [Merlin/Gwaine]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Gwaine (with background Percival/Leon and unrequited Merlin/Arthur)
Word Count: 18k
Warnings: Swearing, sex, and slight age disparity (Merlin is 21, Gwaine 28). References to: alcoholism, grief, and consensual but rubbish underage sex. Also: bad puns.
Summary: Since he fell out with a Painting By Numbers kit at eight, Gwaine has been incapable of painting within other people’s lines. Luckily he’s about to meet Merlin, an art student, who’s equally keen on making a splodgy mess of life.

The Phoenix-Dragon Problem by dk323 for castmeaway [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Morgana, Gwaine (cameo), off-screen: Freya, Gwen/Lancelot
Word Count: 9,245
Warnings: None
Summary: Arthur and Merlin humour Morgana and participate in her soul bonding ritual with allegedly genuine phoenix and dragon eggs. The soul bonding was meant to be a symbolic thing as Arthur and Merlin celebrate three years of being a couple. Except everything changes for the two of them after the soul bonding. What they discover will change their world forever.

Pin the Crown with a Star by flypaw for happyevraftr [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: ~25,700
Warnings: Very brief mention of a place in series 4, highlight to see the name *Tomb of Ashkanar*, mentions of violence/execution though nothing graphic, mentions of war but, again, nothing graphic, as well as mentions of character death, highlight to read * Uther and Ygraine – before the story – and Sigan eventually.*
Summary: After decades of tyranny under King Sigan’s rule, Arthur travels from his home in Balor to the city of Camelot in search of his friend’s sister. On the way he meets Merlin, a seemingly idiotic commoner who is happy to question why those without magic are treated as second class to those with magic.

Protective Instincts by for novemberlite [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 1507
Contains: violence, ambiguous age (Merlin’s a teen), werewolf!Merlin, AUish
Summary: Following his instincts, Merlin rescues a man, not knowing that he’s the King and so very much more.

Remember, Remember by winterstorrm for waltzing_mice [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 16,500
Warnings: None
Summary: Prince Arthur gives up the person he loves to do his duty, but Merlin's impossible to forget.
Author's Notes: waltzing_mice, when I received this prompt I squeed out loud and did a little dance. I had a clear plot in mind and it was going to be fantastic… Then somewhere along the line, the Within Temptation inspired fic turned into an adaptation of Persuasion! So, um, thanks to, Jane Austen, thanks to my beta C (changes made since, all mistakes mine), thanks to you waltzing_mice for the inspiring prompt.

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by venivincere for myashke [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 3600
Warnings: None. Don’t let the title fool you.
Summary: Rocks fall. Everyone... dies? Well, maybe the Little Death.

Run, Neon Tiger by canningtonclose for flammablehat [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 7500
Warnings: none
Summary: Arthur could live the life his father wanted, without hiding from 'copters and trying to build the resistance in a dystopian world, but it wouldn't be a life worth living without Merlin.

Runaway by lolafeist wrote for amphigoury [Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Nimueh/Uther]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, brief Uther/Merlin/Nimueh
Word Count: 4400
Warnings: Non-Con, Violence, Major Character Death, Romance, Smut, Mention of Captivity, Canon AU. Highlight to read spoilers that explain the content labels further: Character death is temporary. Non-con is Uther/Merlin/Nimueh and is not the focus of the story.
Summary: On the eve of his 18th birthday, Arthur Pendragon runs away from the castle where he’s been held captive his entire life. In the lower town, he meets a stranger with a secret.

Same River Twice by kianspo for corilannam [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, background Gwaine/Elena, Lancelot/Gwen (mentioned)
Word Count: ~22K (I’m so sorry)
Warnings: language, possible geographical and professional inaccuracies, also highlight for spoilery warning: some underage boy kissing (17/16)
Summary: Modern royal AU. When Arthur, the Prince of Wales, was seventeen, he had made a mistake that is still haunting him. Eight years later, can he finally make it right?

skin by lyryk for zephre [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 2,210
Warnings: Very brief mentions of bondage and piercings.
Summary: It begins several days after Arthur’s coronation: the slow, tentative learning of each other’s skin.

Snowed in at Heathrow and Other Christmas Disasters by rotrude for fuzzytomato02 [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin; Gwaine/Other, hints of Gwaine/Elena
Word Count: 28,110
Warnings: mentioned past minor character illness, spoilers up to 4x5
Summary: Sometimes the weather conditions work a little like fate. And sometimes you find love in the most improbable circumstances.

Spartacus and the Open Taxi Door by fuzzytomato02 for sabriel75 [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: ~9k
Warnings: none
Summary: Merlin works in a coffee shop, is a literature student, lives with Will, flirts with Gwaine, is friends with Gwen and has a stunningly normal life. Until Arthur walks in and changes everything.

The Spirit of Christmas by tourdefierce for fluffssnowflake [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 22,500
Warnings: Sex, language, fast and loose treatment of religious holidays, consent issues (magical sex, authority problems and alcohol), unprotected sex, humour that borders on crack at times and I also took the liberty of inventing a whole new Leon for my nefarious purpose.
Summary: This is the story about how Arthur the Elf got his groove back.

The Springs of Grannus by poetryofearth hbics [Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin]

Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin (pre-slash)
Word Count: ~ 2,200
Warnings: None.
Summary: Set between Season 3 and Season 4. The Springs of Grannus are rumored to mend ailments of the spirit. Arthur, Gwaine, and Merlin set out on a quest to retrieve its healing waters and bring tranquility back to Camelot, but Courage, Strength, and Magic cannot yet restore peace when they have not found it within themselves.

Stage of the Ice, the Solid Ocean by jane_monday for jazzy_peaches [Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot
Word Count: 9,179
Warnings: None
Summary: When Police Sergeant Lance Dulac begins to investigate a crime in the small Welsh village of Camelot, it stirs up decades of secrets.

Stranded by fluffssnowflake for merlin_holidays [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: R
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, background Arthur/Gwen.
Word Count: ~5600 words.
Warnings: Some minor violence? Nothing worse than the show.
Summary: When Merlin and Arthur find themselves in a tight spot, they get help from an unexpected source.

Tear Down These Walls by reiya_wakayama for canningtonclose [Merlin/Arthur]

Pairings: Arthur Pendragon/Merlin, Balinor/Hunith (past), Gaius/Alice (past), Lancelot/Gwen, Percival/Elyan, Leon/Morgana, Gwaine/Elena
Word Count: 14,255
Warnings: Historical/Future AU, D/s society, forced pairing, soldiers, domestic, war/terrorism, revolution, spies, undercover mission, romance, fluff, cuddling, kissing, friends to lovers, soul mates.
Summary: Over three hundred years have passed since the rise of the British Empire, but outside forces seek to topple it. When two soldiers are ordered to infiltrate the main organization and kill the leader, will they do as ordered or find a life they never knew existed outside the walls that had been built hundreds of years before?

The Three Times Merlin and Arthur Wanted To Kiss Each Other and The One Time They Did by analise010 for arithilim [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: PG
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 1670
Warnings: None
Summary: Arthur and Merlin both go to the same university and decide that they hate each other, but philosophy class gradually changes that idea.

Two Hatches and a Match by vissy for elirwen [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur (background Gwen/Lancelot)
Word Count: 12,000
Warnings: mpreg
Summary: “Just as the dragonlord calls a dragon from its egg, so too may the egg call forth a dragonlord.”

Uncommon Side Effects May Include by flammablehat for heeroluva [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, brief mention of Gwaine/OFC
Word Count: ~6,500
Warnings: Mild spoilers for S4 - nothing explicit after 4x03. Beyond that, sexual decisions made under the influence of substances that have no mind-altering effects. Just erection altering effects, if we’re being frank.
Summary: Arthur has a problem. Merlin has questionable luck and terrible timing. Gwaine has it coming to him.

Until Morning Light by myashke for kianspo [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s) Merlin/Arthur
Word count: ~ 9,900 words
Summary: The citadel is coldest during Midwinter vigil, but warmth comes in many forms on that magical night.

The Very Important Quest by angstslashhope for amythystluna [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: ~25,000
Warnings: Veg*n warning: Gory death of animals within. Also taxidermy. (These two warnings are unrelated.)
Summary: On a Very Important Quest, Arthur and Merlin share clothes, beds, bathwater and secrets.

Wait by eldee wrote for marguerite_26 [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 10K
Warnings/Contents: established bedroom D/s relationship (dom Arthur, sub Merlin), bondage and sex toys but no painplay.
Summary: It’s been a couple of weeks since Merlin and Arthur have had the chance to get together for a night of play.

The Walls Do Not Fall by pathera for leviathans_moon [Merlin/Morgana]

Rating: PG-13

Pairings: Merlin/Morgana

Word Count: ~1700

Warnings: PTSD, mentions of war (Afghanistan), character death (Arthur)
Summary: Morgana dreams, and Merlin comes home from war.

Wassail by bananahater336 for catarotta [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: ~1800
Warnings: Schmoop!
Summary: Merlin and Arthur go wassailing on a Yule night.
Author's Notes: This was beta'd by Y. It's based loosely on the old Germanic custom of "wassailing," which you really don't have to have any prior knowledge about because it's pretty much caroling - with ale involved!

You are the Bluest Light by mightypretty for the merlin_holidays community [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: R
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 3,801
Warnings: N/A
Summary: Sometimes all it takes is a spark, or a mini-explosion, to get things going.

You Are the Revelation by sabriel75 for hereticalvision [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 3,829
Warnings: Nothing the reader should not expect in a NC-17 fic. The character death of someone mentioned in passing, but who doesn’t really have any importance in this story but to move along character development.
Summary: Arthur’s a slag for all his leading ladies, especially since his theatre troupe’s all male. However, with Merlin, the hottest Juliet to ever be cast opposite him, the usual script suddenly feels awkward and wrong. Or as Shakespeare would say: the course of true love never did run smooth.

You can't repair everything by leviathans_moon for jungle_ride [Merlin/Morgana]

Rating: R
Pairings: Merlin/Morgana
Word Count: 3791
Warnings: mentions of war and the consequences
Summary: It’s the beginning of the century, but both their parents are still very traditional and force them into a marriage neither wants. It takes a while to make the marriage one of love, but just as they managed it 1914 disrupts their lives.

The Yule Quest by slightlytookish for alafaye [Merlin/Arthur]

Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 4050 words
Warnings: Spoilers for episode 4x03.
Summary: In the early days of his reign, Arthur is overworked, overtired, and quietly miserable. Merlin decides to bring a little Yuletide cheer into his life. Naturally, a quest is in order.

Merlin Holidays 2012


Are We Doing This? for marguerite_26 [Arthur/Gwaine/Merlin:R - traditional art]

Dawn Has Come for karuvapatta [Arthur/Merlin:PG13 - reincarnation !impending major character death!]

I Will Always Find You for sidhe_faerie [Merlin/Morgana:PG - digital art]

My Place is Warm and Dry for jelazakazone [Arthur/Merlin:G - modern!AU]

Of Honey and Lizards: In The Beginning for k_nightfox [Merlin/Arthur:G - canon!AU].

Post-Training Relaxation for the community [Arthur/Merlin:PG]

Shake n' Bake! for karuvapatta [Arthur/Merlin:G - canon]

Steal Some Covers, Share Some Skin for emjayelle [Arthur/Merlin:PG13 - modern!AU]

Sunday Morning for beautifulblues1 [Merlin/Arthur:PG - digital art]


Broken Inside for the community [Morgana/Merlin, Morgana/Gwaine:PG13 - canon!AU]


As Long As We Are We for neojas/evereda [Arthur/Merlin:PG13:17k - modern!AU]

The book of rewritten days for _afterism [Gwen/Morgana:PG13:6.5k - canon, AU after early S2]

A Bright Blade in a Shielded Sky for j_corrosion [Merlin/Lancelot:R:47k - fantasy!AU]

Brink for dk323 [Merlin/Morgana:NC17:3.7k - canon era]

Camelot Winters for xsmoonshine [Arthur/Merlin:PG:2.3k - canon era]

Don't forget about what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted. (He lived happily ever after.) for kianspo [Merlin/Arthur:PG13:17k - modern!AU]

A Dream is a wish your heart makes… for teprometo [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:10k - canon era]

The Dreams Inside for cassie_black12 [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:9.9k - modern!AU]

Even if it takes all night for lullabylily [Merlin/Arthur:NC17:3k - modern!AU]

Every Cloud for amythystluna [Merlin/Arthur:R:13k - modern!AU]

Family for aunt_agatha [Gwaine/Merlin:PG:3k - modern!AU]

A Favour Between Friends for xfortytwo/ingberry [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:9k - modern!AU]

Five Times Merlin Performs Magic in Front of Gwaine for enviropony [Gwaine/Merlin:R:2.2k - canon era]

Flat 6 for cat_77 [Arthur/Merlin:R:3.1k - modern!AU]

The Grifter And The Flapper for jungle_ride [Merlin/Morgana:PG:3k - historial!AU]

Havoc on the Throne for the community [Merlin/Mithian:PG13:2.7k - canon era]

I Would Find a Way for amphigoury [Merlin/Merlin, Arthur/Merlin:NC17:5.5k - canon!AU]

Jerusalem for corilannam [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:29k - modern!AU]

Jinx for growlery [Gwaine/Merlin:NC17:10k - modern-magical!AU]

Knights' Code for meatball42 [Gwaine/Leon:R:2.3k - canon]

Leave with Every Piece for eledhwenlin [Merlin/Arthur:NC17:6.6k - modern!AU]

The Letter Q for slantedknitting [Arthur/Merlin:R:11.8k - modern!AU]

Love on the Campus of Dragons for sstormc [Arthur/Merlin & other pairings:NC17:9k - modern!AU]

The Love That Binds Us for alafaye [Gen:PG:6.3k - canon, AU after S4]

Lying in Wait for magnolia822 [Merlin/Arthur:NC17:2.7k - canon!AU]

Marconi Plays the Palace for alura_embrey [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:11.4k - modern!AU, royal!AU]

A Midwinter's Tale for disco_mouse [Merlin/Gwaine:R:3.2k - canon!AU]

Miracle on Ice; Or, "Christ, Not Another Bleeding Twelfth Night Adaptation." If you will. for fleete [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:17k - modern!AU]

My Everything for sorrylatenew [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:5.3k - modern!AU]

Of king-sized beds and serendipitous beginnings for kayson135 [Arthur/Merlin:R:3.5k - modern!AU]

The Pact for vissy [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:18k - modern, magical, royal!AU]

Paint the World Orange and Blue for rotrude [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:17.5k - modern!AU]

The Powerless Prince for fluffyllama [Arthur/Merlin:R:26k]

Pull You Into Me for sitruunavohveli [Merlin/Arthur:R:30k - modern!AU]

Rough Skies for alby_mangroves [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:40k - modern!AU]

Seen the End, Seen the Light for the community [Merlin/Arthur:PG13:3k - canon era]

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing for xthursdaynextx [Arthur/Merlin:PG13:13k - modern!AU]

The Shoemaker for sophinisba [Freya/Gwen:NC17:23k - historical!AU]

Skipping Beats, Blushing Cheeks for seths_dream [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:10k - modern!AU]

spill the sunshine, oh for lady_ragnell [Elena/Mithian:PG13:7.5k - Swan Lake AU]

Tangled Autumn for elirwen [Arthur/Merlin:N17:13k - modern!AU]

This Dance of Days for herbeautifullie [Merlin/Arthur:R:8k - modern!AU]

Timing Is Everything for theonlyspl [Merlin/Morgana:PG13:2.9k - canon]

Trouble of the magical kind for happyevraftr [Merlin/Arthur:PG13:15k - canon!AU]

Twilight of the Gods for winterstorrm [Percival/Merlin:R:4k - canon era]

The Warmth of Winter for scotscookie [Merlin/Arthur:NC17:25k - dystopian future!AU]

Watch it all Melt Away for catarotta [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:11.4k - modern!AU]

Why So Blue? for mushroomtale [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:2.8k - canon]

A Wise Voice Once Said for eldee [Gen:G:4.7k - canon era]

With Half-Shut Eyes for bewarethesmirk [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:32k - modern!AU]

Written In The Scars On Our Hearts for jiokra [Arthur/Merlin:NC17:20k - canon, AU after 4.13]


  1. ^ a b ella_bane in merlin_holidays. Merlin Holidays Reveal Post!, 07 January 2011. (Accessed 06 March 2011)
  2. ^ ella_bane in merlin_holidays. Reveal, Thank You's, Stats!, 07 January 2012. (Accessed 07 January 2012)
  3. ^ Merlin Holidays Profile Page. (Accessed 06 March 2011)