The brevity of the coronation description and its essential blandness — there is little sense of the lavishness of the ceremony — further reinforces the importance of Arthurs more humbled background. Merlin is also conspicuously absent from the coronation scene, removing the supernatural element of Arthurs rise to the throne and crown that is otherwise instrumental in much of the story. Arthur is shown not as singled out in this scene so much as he is surrounded by other nobles of a similar position, and though they are paying him obeisance and apologizing for the delay in bringing Arthur to the throne, there is a sense of collective endeavor and almost equality in this scene that makes it quite odd for the scene of Arthurs true ascension to power. The list of officers that Arthur creates immediately following his coronation really emphasizes this last point, making it clear that Arthur does not intend to rule single-handedly, but rather that he recognizes early the importance of both sharing power and having others to depend on.
The list of minor rebellions and resistances that Arthur has to put down, which comes at the very end of the chapter dealing with his coronation, makes his dependence on these officers and the other nobles even more clear.
Taken as the final detail in the scene of Arthur becoming King, this makes his image — at least at the outset — as a humble king with origins amongst the people (or at least amongst the lower nobility of the realm) his most salient characteristic. Though this changes as Mallorys version of the tale continues, it is an important point at the outset of the story..