This fandom hosts a truly incredible amount of fan fiction. Unlike Harry Potter and Doctor Who, whose fan-fiction quantity mirrors its popularity, The Merlin community creates massively more fan fiction than would normally be expected for a historical fiction drama-comedy. This means that the list of incredible fan fiction is going to be much longer (and much better)
This is by far my favorite fandom. Not only because I have a freakish and time consuming love of Arthurian Legend, Or because every character in this show is heartstoppingly gorgeous, or because there is simply so much awesome crammed within this show…. but because the fandom is so… lovely.
This fandom seriously has the kindest most enthusiastic fans I have ever encountered.
Case and point: http://cherrybina.livejournal.com/53971.html
Anyway, enough rambling…. :
Basically, they are my true true OTP for all time. I don’t even know if I can express how much I love them together. The whole two sides of one coin thing matched beautifully by the fact that they are opposites in nearly everything. I don’t know, its just so pleasing. Then there’s the fact that this pairing is basically (Tv) Cannon and at least Bradley James, if not Colin too ships it with us. Like Bradley will seriously not shut up about how Arthur has all these feels about Merlin. It is the only thing he talks about in interviews when he’s not talking about all his feels for Colin…. *looks shifty* But anyway, this pairing is enjoyable for about 5 different reasons.
1: The “Destiny Factor”. It is so damn appealing that there two were literally made for each other. One cannot exist without the other and its so perfect and well balanced that is actually makes me feel all peaceful in side just thinking about it. Like everything is going to be okay. The people of Camelot must have felt very safe and happy during Arthur’s rule.
2: They look really good next to each other: Arthur’s brawny golden musculature perfectly compliments Merlin’s darkness and fairness. Almost like the sun and moon. Though I’m not going to wax poetic about it anymore because we don’t have all day.
3. The impossibleness of their relationship: There’s Gwen, the fact that Arthur has to have heirs, Uthur breathing down their necks, and the fact that Merlin is a freakin sorcerer make for some pretty tough obstacles and thus some pretty passionate storylines.
4: Who should top or Bottom: I kind of have this thing where I like seeing the person who everyone thinks is going to be a bottom be a top instead. So…. er…. I like Top!Merlin fic a lot. Arthur topping doesn’t bother me. In fact, most of the fic in this section is Top!Arthur, but there is something so sweet and good about Merlin tending to him lovingly. Or making it so Arthur can just let go and feel like he doesn’t have to be burdened with responsibility for a moment. Or more experienced!Merlin teaching Arthur things because Arthur has had to stay chaste to not make bastards. Ugh, its just so good.
5. The Hurt/Comfort fics. There is some serious fucking opportunity for h/c fics in this fandom. Arthur being all damaged/tired from battle and Merlin patching him up. Merlin getting harassed by nobles and Arthur defending his honor, both of them beaten and broken in a dungeon of their enemies…. it can go so many ways and you’ll have so much feels.
http://seperis.livejournal.com/697936.html perfect characterization. This writer is really talented
http://aelora.livejournal.com/1152662.html this fic is everything that the fandom is about. Simply Wonderful. Every little emotion is perfect.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5903068/1/A_Certain_Sharpness hilarious. Seriously. Arthur, metal fetish.
http://derryere.livejournal.com/125553.html?thread=2577009#t2577009 Bath hug. Pathetic!Arthur
http://derryere.livejournal.com/125553.html?thread=2507377#t2507377 Dramatic beautiful
http://syllic.livejournal.com/4177.html#cutid1 Romantic. ( Royal, lilac robes. Three tasks)
http://takadainmate.livejournal.com/110965.html So so good, So so funny. <3
http://derryere.livejournal.com/125553.html?thread=2639985#t2639985 hugs. Funny and cute!
http://slanted-edges.livejournal.com/17251.html Whoa, Arthur. Down, boy
http://shinetheway.livejournal.com/482064.html merlin solo.
http://rodneyscat.livejournal.com/707950.html New reclist! Looks promising. Check it out.
http://glimmergirl.livejournal.com/1625596.html King Arthur,, Royal Sorcerer Merlin
http://fr333bird.livejournal.com/23177.html Prep-school AU. Holy fucking shit hot. And kinda cute.
http://kerryblaze.livejournal.com/724538.html Bottom!Arthur, sexy fun, sweet, hot.
http://sophinisba.dreamwidth.org/321494.html Bottom!Arthur Rec-list
http://archiveofourown.org/works/293817 Hilarious! Uther involved. AU
http://archiveofourown.org/works/293785 Super sweet. <3
http://archiveofourown.org/works/22602 First Time!Arthur. Very good.
http://harlequin.slashcity.net/?p=87 a beautiful story. Arthur/Merlin, Uther
http://ficrecs.lunap.com/merlin.html wonderful wonderful unexplored reclist.
http://rodneyscat.livejournal.com/744311.html Unexplored rec-list
http://aznara-recs.livejournal.com/2719.html Master List of rec-lists
http://loftily.livejournal.com/57810.html?thread=451794 A fucking awesome rec-list
http://writingpickle.livejournal.com/49953.html Very very very hot. merlinxarthur
http://hermette.livejournal.com/96949.html<- hottest wank fic ever.
http://hermette.livejournal.com/78149.html Unbelievably palatable AU
http://ella-bane.livejournal.com/184560.html Rated G sweetness
http://nightanddaze.livejournal.com/100738.html Arthur merlin- intense, also PG
http://merlinxarthur.livejournal.com/1264161.html Sweet. Also PG.
http://www.intimations.org/fanfic/merlin/Despoiled.html Also sweet but Nc17
http://zarathuse.livejournal.com/1134.html Hillarious, but scortchingly sexy.
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/6914.html ← sad/sweet
http://jemzamia.livejournal.com/162743.html hot ( “ Like a god”)
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/9322.html?thread=6384746 Resaonably decent AU
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/17437.html?thread=16298269 ← incredibly touching Arthur apology
http://marguerite-26.livejournal.com/463777.html Arthur merlin
http://wldcatsprstr-14.livejournal.com/87690.html#cutid1 ← Delicious Jealousy
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/9322.html?thread=6164330#t6164330 ← funny first time
http://legendsofmerlin.com/viewstory.php?sid=14&chapter=1 ← bruises. Sweet
http://myashke.livejournal.com/177133.html ← rec list
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/1108.html?thread=86100 ← rape fic sad, but epic. * unfinished(43/46) Copy paste into
http://inkwell.inkubation.net/merlin.html ← rec list
http://www.delicious.com/KinkMe_Merlin/..Poly?page=2 poly list. EXPLORE!
http://lady-ragnell.livejournal.com/12554.html modern AU funny!
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7032573/1/All_The_Complexities very dramatic AU. Romantic. Pasionate
http://derryere.livejournal.com/108760.html very very sweet.
http://lillaw.livejournal.com/27875.html holy fucking christ, hot.
http://boxofmagic.talkoncorners.net/viewstory.php?sid=29&warning=5 Epic romance. Fighting, fucking and honor.
http://bitter-crimson.livejournal.com/671202.html oh my god hillarious. Clysterfuck.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/114109?view_adult=true smokin hot AU
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/7746.html?thread=5149762#t5149762 roasting. And detailed.
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/18397.html?thread=17034973#t17034973 brutal bottom!arthur
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7431893/1/Half_A_Person# beautiful romantic short.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7320199/1/Maybe_Probably# tears short. Soooooooo good.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6412143/1/Fathers_Tale# sad. Beautiful.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5533458/1/Nights heartrendingly sweet.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3541 epic. Kind of like the summer court.
http://tv.adultfanfiction.net/story.php?no=600094520 hot. Mean!arthur
http://www.squidge.org/~peja/cgi-bin/viewstory.php?sid=40997 beautiful “ death of Arthur” fic.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/300748 love potion. Less stupid than it sounds, I promise!
http://www.intimations.org/fanfic/merlin/An%20Exile%20In%20Albion.html So fucking beautiful. Ronin Prince
http://derryere.livejournal.com/113350.html Nearly PWP fucking romatic and brutal
http://phantomjam.livejournal.com/15394.html?style=mine Established relationship deliciousness. Druid tattoos. <3
http://libraryofsol.livejournal.com/74472.html funny sweet PG-13
http://archiveofourown.org/works/317905 adorable future fic. With Arthur and Gwen married. <3
http://archiveofourown.org/works/336058 uther involved.
http://hermette.livejournal.com/284421.html?#cutid1 an incredibly romantic modern AU
http://hermette.livejournal.com/?skip=10&tag=nc-17 rec list. Everything that is wonderful.
http://hermette.livejournal.com/103521.html passionate AU
http://archiveofourown.org/works/242992 a rediculoulsy adorable “brothers” AU passionate
http://faeryqueen07.livejournal.com/56655.html Incredeible m agic reveal story
http://shiny-starlight.livejournal.com/122231.html Stunning modern AU. Children involved.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/12540 PG adorable. Fighting for his honor
This is the OTP for the show and the original texts. The story is that Arthur falls in love with Gwen, then Gwen cheats on him with Lancelot. This, of course generates lots of Gwen-hatred because the Arthur is seriously an awesome guy. In the show, however, they avert some of that Gwen hatred by making gwen the sweetest kindest most wonderous lady in the whole show. And by banishing Lancelot. <- this helps a lot.
Anyway, this pairing is kind of rare, as the bond between Arthur and Merlin is so tangible that Arthur and Gwen’s budding romance is left behind in the dust. I, on the other hand, find their coupling to be rather sweet and innocent and really love coming across good Gwen/Arthur. Enjoy!
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/11294.html?thread=9384478#t9384478 slave trade rescue
http://meri-sefket.livejournal.com/318172.html Awesome Morning Sex.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/221741 horseback handjob.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/209202 hilarious. Gawain, merlin involved.
http://archiveofourown.org/chapters/380453 sweet. Morning sex.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/318493 oh my gosh modern AU. <3 unfinished
http://archiveofourown.org/works/357442?view_adult=true lovely horny Gwen.
http://theblankpage.livejournal.com/17424.html beautiful. Romantic. Hot.
http://perhapsagirl.livejournal.com/1704.html strained difficult romance.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/139784 Bradley Angel
http://hermette.livejournal.com/98095.html?view=3695407#t3695407 holy fucking hell. Brad and angel
http://bradleysangel.livejournal.com/957.html haha. Drunk Angel
http://hurricanepixie.livejournal.com/41878.html bradley/angel fluff
Due to the very nature of their relationships, this pairing cannot be ignored.Arthur and Gwen are fated to marry, yet Arthur and Merlin are two sides of the same coin. Utterly romantic, and completely chosen by destiny, these three come together in a rush of passion and sweetness lorded by Arthur’s possessive nature, Gwen’s undying kindness and Merlin’s endless faith.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/393593?view_adult=true best story for this pairing so far.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/11289 PG. After uther’s death
This is just for sweetness sake. In the very beginning of the series, you could totally tell our Gwen had the hots for Merlin. Which developed into a puppy love thing, which was sealed with an awkward kiss…never to be mentioned again.
Now I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed all that fluff. They make a cute couple. Plus, there is the whole (very likely) scenario that is that Arthur would get the two of them married off so he can have access to both of their beds uninhibited. Because we all know how greedy our little prince is….
http://kinkelot.livejournal.com/7705.html one of the best I;ve read for this pairing.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/190961 time travel beautiful.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/242807#comments abrupt. Brutal.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/236061?view_adult=true cute AND hot. <3
http://archiveofourown.org/works/191664 cute kissing.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/107311 kind and calm
http://colour-me-troll.livejournal.com/257832.html?mode=reply#add_comment hilarious crask!fic
http://rotrude.livejournal.com/117128.html romantic. Short.
http://emei.livejournal.com/33959.html#cutid1 R. heart breakingly sad.
http://gnimaerd.livejournal.com/201625.html#cutid1 Yay! Happy cute kisses in morgana’s room!
http://in-excelsis-dea.livejournal.com/83149.html PG. Sad. Future camelot fic.
http://freemurmurs.livejournal.com/7528.html#cutid1 incredibly romantic
http://human-trash.livejournal.com/50219.html Must return to this one. Crazy Good.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/357442?view_adult=true lovely horny Gwen
http://jontinf.livejournal.com/2705.html#cutid1 all full of desitiny and magic secret
http://perhapsagirl.livejournal.com/1531.html Arthur involved. Future married fic. Fucking explosive.
Arthur, Merlin, Gawain
Say it with me ” There is nothing better than threesomes”. This is the perfect threesome. Basically half of these are just Arthur Merlin and Gawain rolling about in the woods being super fucking randy. Its great.
http://tourdefierce.livejournal.com/109994.html Unrequited. Gawain watches. Bottom!Arthur
http://seperis.livejournal.com/700752.html Arthur merlin + gawain
http://cor-leonis-1961.livejournal.com/28531.html < very hot very funny modern AU
http://archiveofourown.org/works/207374?view_adult=true holy fucking christ PWP modern AU
http://archiveofourown.org/works/336042/chapters/543332 with Arthur sick +watching.
http://aerisaturner.livejournal.com/39309.html?thread=67213#t67213 PG bed sharing hillarious.
Merlin/Gawain (Or other knights)
There is this whole… *ahem* …. idea… in this fandom…that merlin is a huge… slut.
All of these fics are related to that is some way or another. Shameful fun, you know. … *scuttles away*
http://hope.dreamwidth.org/1717332.html?thread=11180372 merlin gawain lancelot. PWP
http://bellax-xmuerte.livejournal.com/16613.html hahaha awkward!
http://archiveofourown.org/works/162705?view_adult=true ← incredibly hot
http://kinkme-merlin.livejournal.com/16289.html?thread=16083361 ← teaching the knights.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7231005/1/Closet_Voyeur arthur watching!
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6932202/1/catullean_poetry_for_beginners gawain introspective
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6570991/6/Guilt well written.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6714556/1/Substitute really perfect. Emotional.
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6591546/1/Blackmail unfinished, but still great/cute/cliffhangery
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6439964/14/New_heart_dear_heart long ( novella) but good.
http://aerisaturner.livejournal.com/39309.html?thread=69005#t69005 bedshring funny!
http://archiveofourown.org/works/364830 really really fucking good modern AU. group
http://archiveofourown.org/works/363682 knights soooooooooooooo hot. Unfinished.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/336053 gawain. Cumtasting. Cute.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/301993 Arthur/merlin knights/ part of a series.
http://leashy-bebes.dreamwidth.org/229105.html#cutid1 Merlin percival. Holy fucking shit, so hot.
Unlike the Merlin orgy fics, the Arthur orgy fics are much deeper. These knights are a combination of knights his father appointed and knights he appointed. These men have raised him, and taught him. Trained him and punished him. Pushed him past his own barriers and held him as he cried. These are the people Arthur will lead into battle, those who he trusts above all (excluding merlin, of course). Basically being with them is like being in a big sexy frat house that instead of being filled with gross jocks and fist pumpers, is home to buff, metal wielding warriors. Yum.
http://minor-hue.livejournal.com/3823.html an incredibly poingnant tale
http://archiveofourown.org/works/202673?view_adult=true gawain lancelot
http://cyus.livejournal.com/22060.html Arthur gawain
http://archiveofourown.org/works/167301 really really good cursed group sex.
http://riventhorn.livejournal.com/15156.html arthur/leon. Hurt/comfort
http://planejane.livejournal.com/97758.html Arthur/leon tutelage age disparity!
http://wldcatsprstr-14.livejournal.com/141294.html Arthur leon, before merlin
http://vworks.livejournal.com/40522.html hilarious, Gwen involved.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/346218?view_adult=true gangbang. Leon central
This basically takes the above and adds Arthur’s new paramour to the mix. More shameful fun.
http://new-kate.livejournal.com/70155.html Merlin/Arthur?Knights ~dear christ this is incredible.
http://hermette.livejournal.com/202945.html short and hot.
http://delicious.com/KinkMe_Merlin/..Poly ← poly rec-list
http://page2rss.com/page?url=mklutz.livejournal.com/friends ← rec list (crazy intense)
http://harlequin.slashcity.net/?p=502 very very hot.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/109366 *with gwen!
http://vworks.livejournal.com/40161.html Leon/lancelot/gawain hot and funny.
http://sir-leon.livejournal.com/ loen fandom
http://riventhorn.livejournal.com/21948.html Arthur/merlin/leon. Hurt/comfort sex.
http://ravenflight21.livejournal.com/40877.html Arthur Merlin/leon River hot.
http://cherrybina.livejournal.com/99710.html?thread=3703166#t3703166 Oh my glob, waay too hot.
http://alice-vd.livejournal.com/110471.html Arthur Leon OMGTENSION
http://riventhorn.livejournal.com/38971.html Arthur Leon Hurt/Comfort
http://riventhorn.livejournal.com/35292.html Quick Arthur/Leon PWP
http://shutupeccles.livejournal.com/59948.html oh my blob. Powderpuff.
Merlin/uther: http://mirandaeostre.livejournal.com/2497.html non-con.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/220111/chapters/415224 surprisingly good. Slowly turning into Arthur/Merlin Keep checking up on this one. Unfinished.
http://giselleslash.livejournal.com/338375.html funny Modern Au
http://archiveofourown.org/works/293874 romantic AU
REAL PEOPLE FIC
Okay. This is a rare situation because usually, I don’t like real people fic, But seriously Bradders and Col. They are basically dating in real life. Bradley won’t shut up about how much he loves Colin and if Colin is nearby when its happening he gets all blushy and weird. So, this is totally not awkward or reaching at all.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/314448?view_adult=true rimming! First time.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/333562 bradley colin/ sweetest fic ever pg/
http://mrs-leary.livejournal.com/42910.html ← beautiful Colin/Bradly
http://archiveofourown.org/chapters/476200 colin underappreciates himself. Bradley fixes it.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/212535 don’t go to strangers
http://archiveofourown.org/works/189004 awww. Groping.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/168615/ hot spider bath
http://archiveofourown.org/works/66373 Eiiii. Too touching. <3
http://archiveofourown.org/works/66300 funny hot.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/66292 hilarious confession fic.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/306681 Dirty talk in an alley Soooo hot.