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Long Ago and Far Away; Merlin and the Dragons


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Long Ago and Far Away
Merlin and the Dragons
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Long Ago and Far Away captures the spirit of children's literature in a weekly series showcasing international television programs of classic and contemporary children's books, folktales, and fairy tales. The animated and dramatic productions recall the magic of storytelling. Series release date: 1988

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A sleepless young King Arthur, doubting his ability to rule, seeks help from wise Merlin. The old man tells Arthur a spellbinding story about a fatherless boy (the young Merlin) who defeats a cruel usurper to the British throne. When magicians tell the false king to obtain the blood of a boy born of a demon father, Merlin is arrested. His life is saved when he relates a prophetic dream that leads to the warlord's downfall and reveals to Arthur that he is the true heir to the throne. Kevin Kline narrates.



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Chicago: “Long Ago and Far Away; Merlin and the Dragons,” 10/31/1990, GBH Archives, accessed February 26, 2024,
MLA: “Long Ago and Far Away; Merlin and the Dragons.” 10/31/1990. GBH Archives. Web. February 26, 2024. <>.
APA: Long Ago and Far Away; Merlin and the Dragons. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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