He must train as a Knight under a wizened elder, losing first one guide and then another before he confronts his destiny, and the dark reality that his greatest enemy is his father.
The word "merlin" is so strongly associated with the image of the wise and wizened man that to describe something as a Merlin is to conjure the iconic image.
He shook his head, his gaze taking on a wizened look.
Her plump beauty was often remarked - notably by Washington Irving - in contrast to her husband's delicate and feeble figure and wizened face - for even in his prime Madison was, as Henry Adams says, "a small man, quiet, somewhat precise in manner, pleasant, fond of conversation, with a certain mixture of ease and dignity in his address."
His portrait was thus drawn by the duc de St Simon: - "He was a little, pitiful, wizened, herringgutted man, in a flaxen wig, with a weasel's face, brightened by some intellect.