History Literature / ChroniclesOfPrydain

5th May '16 4:26:32 PM Bissek
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* BlindIdiotTranslation: When Eilonwy first finds Dyrnwyn, she translates the inscription as "Draw Dyrnwyn, only thou of royal blood", which the party takes as explanation as to why Prince Gwydion can draw it and Taran can't. Later on it is revealed that she mistranslated the last bit - it actually read "noble worth", and Gwydion's strength of character (and Taran's lack of it) was the reason behind who could draw the sword. [[spoiler:After four books of CharacterDevelopment, Taran becomes able to draw the sword.]]
10th Apr '16 4:55:18 PM WillKeaton
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* PerpetualMotionMonster: The cauldron-born are deathless zombies animated by the Black Cauldron. They do not eat, sleep, breathe, or get tired, and they feel no pain.
26th Mar '16 6:10:37 AM LordGro
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* TheHecateSisters: Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch are a textbook case.
26th Mar '16 5:50:25 AM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: Orwen, Orddu, and Orgoch, three sisters who live in the Marshes of Morva, are hundreds of years old and masters of black magic. All of them appear as young beauties at night and old crones in daylight. Each of them has their distinct personality, but oddly they also seem to take turns at being each sister and are able to swap their identities between them. When Taran visits them in ''The Black Cauldron'', they are just weaving a magical tapestry.
17th Mar '16 4:42:54 PM FigmentJedi
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Disney produced a movie version of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' in 1985, which notably blended elements from the first two books.

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Disney produced a movie version of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' in 1985, which notably blended elements from the first two books.
books. In 2016 it was revealed Disney plans on taking another whack at the series with a live-action film being put into development.
17th Jan '16 6:36:14 PM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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* TheOathBreaker: Breaking oaths is one of [[BigBad Arawn's]] most infamous habits. If this guy makes a deal, he WILL break it. [[ChaoticEvil No matter how little it might cost him to keep it]]. [[StupidEvil Or how much more dangerous NOT keeping it could be]]. And ''somehow'', there are always more idiots willing to make [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] with him.
14th Jan '16 8:15:02 PM Bissek
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* NoManOfWomanBorn: A prophecy states that the BigBad will be vanquished only when such things as "rivers burn with frozen fire" and "night turn to noon" occur. [[spoiler: Some characters set a fire to melt a frozen waterfall and the burning logs are carried on top of the ensuing deluge, while another uses magic to light up an entire valley in the middle of the night.]]

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* NoManOfWomanBorn: NoManOfWomanBorn:
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A prophecy states that the BigBad will be vanquished only when such things as "rivers burn with frozen fire" and "night turn to noon" occur. [[spoiler: Some characters set a fire to melt a frozen waterfall and the burning logs are carried on top of the ensuing deluge, while another uses magic to light up an entire valley in the middle of the night.]]
** While not revealed until the very end of the series, there is a prophecy in the Book of Three that Arawn would be defeated by one "from no station in life". [[spoiler:This is Taran, who's known heritage is limited to being the son of ''somebody'' on a massive battlefield in which everyone other than the infant Taran was killed, without any evidence as to who among the dead were his kin.
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14th Dec '15 8:52:19 PM LBHills
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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The Huntsmen of Annuvin literally become stronger when one of their number is killed.

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: The Huntsmen In a rare justification of the trope, every Huntsman of Annuvin literally become stronger when one is mystically bound to his fellow Huntsmen, and on his death they each receive part of their number is killed.his strength.
24th Oct '15 4:47:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Fflewddur, occasionally. He's WrongGenreSavvy almost as often.



* TreacherousAdvisor: Magg, chancellor to King Rhuddlum of Mona. Fflewddur, in one of his more GenreSavvy moments, is suspicious of him immediately.

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* TreacherousAdvisor: Magg, chancellor to King Rhuddlum of Mona. Fflewddur, in one of his more GenreSavvy clever moments, is suspicious of him immediately.
17th Oct '15 11:38:42 AM Raincoat
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* NoOntologicalInertia: Played with. Destroying [[spoiler:the Black Cauldron]] does not kill the existing Cauldron-born, but using [[spoiler:Dyrnwyn]] on just one of them slays them all.
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