king aurther

At Merlin’s feet the wily Vivian lay…

Vivian attempts to trick Merlin into giving him the secret spell that will trap him in a deathlike slumber. Eventually she succeeds, and Merlin is cursed to sleep forever inside a hollow tree. 

This seems similar to the Israelite Judge Samson, who gave up the secret of his strength to a Delilah after she questioned him repeatedly about it.