The Crown of the Summer Court (Merlin vid)

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Title: The Crown of the Summer Court
Creator: nerjaveika
Date: 01 January 2010
Format: digital vid
Length: 2:41 min
Music: Legend by Promomix
Genre: fic trailer, story vid
Fandom: Merlin
Footage: Merlin S1-S2, The Lord of the Rings, The Fountain, and The Da Vinci Code.
URL: The Crown of the Summer Court (YouTube)
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The Crown of the Summer Court is an epic Merlin/Arthur fic trailer by nerjaveika (2:41 min). It was created for astolat's elf AU The Crown of the Summer Court and is based on the Russian translation by Etne (translator) and Tokyo_number_13 (beta).[1]

In addition to footage from Merlin (S1 and S2), the vid uses clips from Lord of the Rings for scenes featuring the elven characters in the story and additional footage from The Fountain, and The Da Vinci Code for the flogging scene and the passage where Merlin lets a tree grow to show the strength of his magic.

The vid won the Spring 2010 Merlin Slash Awards in the category Best Trailer ("Fanvideos: Arthur/Merlin") and was a runner-up in the category Best Editing.


  • "It is FREAKING BRILLIANT, guys. I had no idea how she could have done this and then I watched it and flailed and rewatched it and flailed some more, because she got EVERYTHING. She got the TREE. She got the grail! She got the flogging! She got the entire story. It's all there."[2]
  • "That is marvelous. I loved the montage, the music, the text and filters. I wondered when seeing this on the newsletter if you'd have used footage from the Hellboy movie but was surprised on how you got everything you needed perfectly from LotR. My favorite moments might be when Merlin 'grows a tree' with that smile, and when Arthur is drinking with Merlin from the cup, for the first time without that fatality from the series. It was really fun to see all those scenes from both sources so completely recycled."[3]
  • "I think you've capture the entire story in this and it's AWESOME! I'm kinda incoherent right now, that's how awesome this vid is! And the editing, the colour tone setting you used to match the 2 video source to make them seem like they're from the same source is perfect. And the aspect ratio matching, and then the bit at 1:10 - 1:12 where the colour tone changes, that's just brilliant!"[4]
  • "By far the best video I've seen in this genre! I loved, loved, loved the fic and this trailer really does it justice." (YouTube comment, Sterre80)


  1. ^ Корона Летнего Двора (Мерлин/Артур, NC-17, перевод, часть 4 из 4) - закончено, completed 15 March 2010. (Accessed 03 October 2010)
  2. ^ astolat. THINGS WHAT ARE AWESOME, 11 January 2010. (Accessed 03 October 2010)
  3. ^ yue_ix. Comment, 02 January 2010. (03 October 2010)
  4. ^ in_the_bottle. Comment, 02 January 2010. (03 October 2010)