Uther’s hatred for magic started with the birth of his son Arthur; Nimueh used magic to allow Igraine (Uther’s wife) to conceive a child, but, for every life given, one must also be taken and thus Igraine had to die. A grief-stricken Uther banished magic and had every sorcerer and druid killed (the “Great Purge”).
When, after being mortally wounded by an assassin, Uther himself lay dying, it was Merlin (in the guise of his alter ego Emrys or “Dragoon”) who was trying to save him, but Morgana had put an enchantment on Uther, causing Merlin’s magic to backfire and ultimately kill Uther.
In Arthurian history and mythology, the name Pendragon is not a name as you might think, but a title. There are several explanations: according to Malory, just before Uther became king, there appeared in the sky a comet shaped like a dragon.
Historically it means “chief leader”. In old Welsh “dragwn” means “leader” and “pen” means “head”.
In Merlin, Uther Pendragon is portrayed by the British actor and musician Anthony Head.
He has starred in numerous movies (from the 1981 Lady Chatterly’s Lover, to the 2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and has appeared dozens of tv series, like Little Britain, Buffy, the vampire slayer, Jonathan Creek, Spooks and Doctor Who.
For the love of Camelot!