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Encyclopedia > The Chronicles of Prydain
Cover art of a single-volume edition of The Chronicles of Prydain.
Cover art of a single-volume edition of The Chronicles of Prydain.

The Chronicles of Prydain is a five-volume series of children's fantasy novels by author Lloyd Alexander. The stories detail the adventures of a young man named Taran, who is awarded the honor of Assistant Pig-Keeper but dreams of being a grand hero, and his companions Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam the wandering bard and king, a feral yet gentle creature called Gurgi, and a dwarf named Doli. Since a recurring facet of the series is the progression from youth to maturity, particularly prominent in Taran Wanderer,[1] the series could be considered a bildungsroman. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Book cover of The High King Lloyd Chudley Alexander (born January 30, 1924) is the author of a number of fantasy books for children and adolescents, as well as several adult novels. ... Taran and his companion Gurgi as pictured on the cover of Taran Wanderer. ... Princess Eilonwy is a fictional character in Lloyd Alexanders The Chronicles of Prydain and Disneys 1985 animated film The Black Cauldron. ... Fflewddur Fflam, son of Godo, is a cantrev lord in the fictional country of Prydain, in Lloyd Alexanders Chronicles of Prydain. ... Gurgi is a fictional character in The Chronicles of Prydain, the series of fantasy novels by Lloyd Alexander. ... Doli is a fictional character in Lloyd Alexanders fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. ... A bildungsroman (IPA: /, German: novel of personal development) is a novelistic form which concentrates on the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the protagonist usually from childhood to maturity. ...


Thematically the novels siphon from the wells of Welsh mythology, particularly that of the Mabinogion.[2] The novels are not, however, retellings of those myths — a point Alexander himself makes in an author's note for The Book of Three — stories have been conflated, and characters have been changed in both role and motive, so a student of Welsh culture should be prepared as Arawn becomes the books' dark archenemy and Gwydion's negative traits are replaced with unclouded heroism. This article is about the country. ... Welsh mythology, the remnants of the mythology of the pre-Christian Britons, has come down to us in much altered form in medieval Welsh manuscripts such as the Red Book of Hergest, the White Book of Rhydderch, the Book of Aneirin and the Book of Taliesin. ... The Mabinogion is a collection of prose stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts. ... In Welsh mythology, Arawn was the Lord of the Underworld, which was called Annwn. ... In Welsh mythology, Gwydion is a magician appearing prominently in the Fourth branch of the Mabinogi and the ancient poem Cad Goddeu. ...


Appropriately, the author's note also reveals the geography is ultimately derived from Wales, though Alexander notes that Prydain is separate from Wales both in physical geography and history.


Having garnered both a Newbery Medal (for The High King) and a Newbery Honor (for The Black Cauldron), the chronicles are recognized as a valuable contribution to the canon of classic children's literature. For many years since their publication The Chronicles of Prydain have held their own in sales and readership and may be comparable to other famous children's fantasy series such as The Chronicles of Narnia. The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ... The Newbery Honor is a citation given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA). ... “Narnia” redirects here. ...


The Black Cauldron, an animated film loosely based on the first two books, was released by the Walt Disney Company in 1985.[3] The Black Cauldron (also known as Taran and the Magic Cauldron in some countries) is the twenty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... “Disney” redirects here. ...

Contents

The Chronicles of Prydain

A Collection of background short stories, such as Dallben's heritage, the sword Drynwyn, and Eilonwy's mother. (Best when read after novels.) The Foundling and Other Tales from Prydain is a collection of eight short stories by Lloyd Alexander. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

An assistant pig-keeper, Taran, and his companions race to defeat the war lord of Arawn. The Book of Three is the first of Lloyd Alexanders five-part novel series The Chronicles of Prydain (first published 1964). ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ...

Taran and the companions struggle to destroy an evil enchanted cauldron. The Black Cauldron is the second book in Lloyd Alexanders five-part novel series The Chronicles of Prydain (first published in 1964). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Newbery Honor is a citation given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA). ...

Eilonwy is kidnapped and Taran leads a band to rescue her. The Castle of Llyr is the third volume in the childrens fantasy Chronicles of Prydain series. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...

Taran, with his companion Gurgi, begins a bittersweet search for his parentage. Taran Wanderer is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...

Taran and the companions wage a final battle against Arawn. The High King is the last in the Chronicles of Prydain series of books by Lloyd Alexander. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ...


Characters

Characters are categorized under the novel in which they are first introduced.


The Book of Three

The Book of Three is the first of Lloyd Alexanders five-part novel series The Chronicles of Prydain (first published 1964). ... Taran and his companion Gurgi as pictured on the cover of Taran Wanderer. ... Caer Dallben is a small farm in Lloyd Alexanders Chronicles of Prydain. ... Princess Eilonwy is a fictional character in Lloyd Alexanders The Chronicles of Prydain and Disneys 1985 animated film The Black Cauldron. ... Fflewddur Fflam, son of Godo, is a cantrev lord in the fictional country of Prydain, in Lloyd Alexanders Chronicles of Prydain. ... Gurgi is a fictional character in The Chronicles of Prydain, the series of fantasy novels by Lloyd Alexander. ... Doli is a fictional character in Lloyd Alexanders fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. ... Hen Wen is a white sow featured in Lloyd Alexanders The Chronicles of Prydain. ... Dallben is an important character in Lloyd Alexanders The Chronicles of Prydain. ... In Welsh mythology, Gwydion is a magician appearing prominently in the Fourth branch of the Mabinogi and the ancient poem Cad Goddeu. ... Coll is a fictional character from The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. ... The Horned King is a fictional villian from the Black Cauldron movie by Disney. ... The Fair Folk are a race of beings in The Chronicles of Prydain. ... In Welsh mythology, Arawn was the Lord of the Underworld, which was called Annwn. ... Achren is a fictional character and villain in the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain, written by Lloyd Alexander. ... Medwyn is a fictional character in the Chronicles of Prydain series of childrens fantasy novels. ...

The Black Cauldron

  • King Smoit
  • King Morgant, son of Madoc
  • Kaw
  • Prince Ellidyr, son of Pen-Llarcau
  • Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch
  • Adaon, son of Taliesin

The Black Crochan is the formal name of the Black Cauldron, an iron kettle which is a significant plot device in Lloyd Alexander's fantasy novel series The Chronicles of Prydain. The Black Cauldron is the second book in Lloyd Alexanders five-part novel series The Chronicles of Prydain (first published in 1964). ... Book cover of The High King Lloyd Chudley Alexander (born January 30, 1924) is the author of a number of fantasy books for children and adolescents, as well as several adult novels. ...


The original purpose of the Cauldron is never made entirely clear, but it is known that once it was the property of the three enchantresses, Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch. As they explain to Taran, the protagonist of the series, they were the ones who gave it to Arawn Death-Lord, when he was a young man. At what price he purchased the kettle from them, the reader never learns. Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch are three witches who live alone in the Marshes of Morva. ... Taran (in Russian language ram attack) was a tactic in air combat. ... In Welsh mythology, Arawn was the Lord of the Underworld, which was called Annwn. ...


Once he has the kettle in his possession, Arawn uses it to make an army of deathless warriors known as the Cauldron-Born. He takes the bodies of dead warriors from their graves and throws them into the cauldron, which reanimates them. Not being truly alive, they cannot be killed by ordinary means, and they are forced to blindly obey their master. In Lloyd Alexanders series of fantasy books The Chronicles of Prydain, the Cauldron-Born are a race of deathless warriors in the service of Arawn, Death-Lord of Annuvin. ...


In the novel named for the Cauldron, Taran and his companions form a great alliance to find and destroy the Cauldron once and for all. They discover that the enchantresses have taken it back from Arawn, and after some negotiations, the friends are able to purchase it in exchange for a brooch which had belonged to their fallen comrade, Adaon. As part of the bargain, the enchantresses explain how to destroy the Cauldron -- a living man must sacrifice his own life and throw himself into the Cauldron. Adaon is the son of the Chief Bard Taliesin, in Lloyd Alexanders fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. ...


Ellidyr, Prince of Pen-Llarcau and one of the allies in the quest, takes a mortal wound during the final battle. Realizing this is his only chance to redeem himself for all the wrongs he has done the companions, and knowing that his life is already forfeit, he flings himself inside the kettle and causes it to shatter. This selfless act does not destroy the Cauldron-Born who already exist, but at least Arawn is unable to add to their number. Ellidyr is a fictional character in the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. ...


In the fifth book in the series, The High King, Taran inadvertently discovers that there is one thing which can destroy the Cauldron-Born forever -- the magical sword Dyrnwyn. He plunges it into the heart of the warrior bearing down upon him and, in so doing, kills not only his own adversary but all of the other Cauldron-Born in one fell swoop. The High King is the last in the Chronicles of Prydain series of books by Lloyd Alexander. ... In Welsh mythology, Dyrnwyn or White-Hilt was a powerful sword belonging to Rhydderch Hael, one of the Three Generous Men of Britain mentioned in the Welsh Triads. ...


Like many other elements of the Prydain Chronicles, the Black Crochan is based on elements of Welsh mythology, specifically events recounted in The Mabinogion. The Two Kings (sculptor Ivor Robert-Jones, 1984) near Harlech Castle, Wales. ...


The Castle of Llyr

Main article: The Castle of Llyr

The Castle of Llyr is the third volume in the childrens fantasy Chronicles of Prydain series. ... Prince Rhun is a fictional character in Lloyd Alexanders Chronicles of Prydain series. ... The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library (GLEW) is a cross-platform C/C++ extension loading library. ...

Taran Wanderer

Main article: Taran Wanderer
  • Lord Goryon
  • Lord Gast
  • Llassar, Son of Drudwas
  • Drudwas, Son of Pebyr
  • Morda, a sorcerer
  • Annlaw Clay-Shaper
  • Hevydd the Smith
  • Dwyvach the Weaver-Woman
  • Dorath, a bandit
  • Gloff, a bandit
  • Llonio, Son of Llonwen
  • Craddoc, a Shepherd

Taran Wanderer is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. ...

The High King

Main article: The High King

The High King is the last in the Chronicles of Prydain series of books by Lloyd Alexander. ... In Welsh mythology, King Pryderi of Dyfed was the son of Pwyll and Rhiannon. ... Taliesin or Taliessin (c. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Alexander, Lloyd (1999). "Author's note". Taran Wanderer. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-6134-7
  2. ^ Alexander, Lloyd (1999). "Author's note". The Book of Three. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-6132-0
  3. ^ Scholastic Inc. Lloyd Alexander's Interview Transcript Retrieved Aug. 27, 2006. "...I have to say, there is no resemblance between the movie and the book."
  4. ^ American Library Association, "Newbery Medal & Honor Books, 1922-Present" undated, URL retrieved 3 September 2007
  5. ^ American Library Association, "Newberry Medal Winners, 1922 - Present" undated, URL retrieved 3 September 2007

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The Chronicles of Prydain Summary (370 words)
The Chronicles of Prydain is a five-volume series of children's fantasy novels by Lloyd Alexander.
The chronicles have been recognized by parents and teachers as valuable addition to the canon of classic children's literature from the 20th century.
For many years since their publication The Chronicles of Prydain have held their own in sales and readership against other famous children's fantasy series such as The Chronicles of Narnia.
The Chronicles of Prydain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (395 words)
The chronicles have been recognized by parents and teachers as valuable addition to the canon of classic children's literature from the 20th century.
For many years since their publication The Chronicles of Prydain have held their own in sales and readership against other famous children's fantasy series such as The Chronicles of Narnia.
Alexander has indicated that Disney still holds the film rights to all five of the Prydain books, but has no intention of creating any further adaptations, even though recent times have seen a marked rise in popularity for fantasy films, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
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