In The Once and Future King, Wart stumbles upon Merlyn's home by 'accident'. He's been wandering in the woods chasing an errant hunting hawk for Kay. When he looks around he suddenly sees Merlyn's cabin in the woods. He knocks on the door and enters. At first he believes that Merlyn is just a crazy old hermit living in the woods with an owl as a companion, but then he comes to understand that the man is very wise. The result of the encounter is that Merlyn realizes who Wart really is and declares that he is the tutor that Sir Ector has been looking for, for his sons. He goes with Wart back to the castle.