History Literature / ChroniclesOfPrydain

23rd Jul '16 5:16:47 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* BigBadEnsemble: Achren is actively opposed to Arawn. [[spoiler:Morgant]] tries to steal the Black Cauldron out from under both Arawn and Gwydion in order to go FromNobodyToNightmare. Morda is an EvilSorcerer who plans to outmatch Arawn some day. Dorath, meanwhile, was just a PsychoForHire bandit with an "[[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker everything burns]]" worldview; the companions often encounter him out of pure bad luck, yet he's always willing to make their lives miserable just for the hell of it. [[spoiler:Pryderi]]...[[BigBadWannabe thinks he's playing Arawn for his own benefit,]] [[OutGambitted but isn't]].

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* BigBadEnsemble: Achren is actively opposed to Arawn. [[spoiler:Morgant]] tries to steal the Black Cauldron out from under both Arawn and Gwydion in order to go FromNobodyToNightmare. Morda is an EvilSorcerer who plans to outmatch Arawn some day. Dorath, meanwhile, was just a PsychoForHire bandit with an "[[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker everything burns]]" "everything burns" worldview; the companions often encounter him out of pure bad luck, yet he's always willing to make their lives miserable just for the hell of it. [[spoiler:Pryderi]]...[[BigBadWannabe thinks he's playing Arawn for his own benefit,]] [[OutGambitted but isn't]].
1st Jul '16 2:31:15 PM Morgenthaler
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'''Gwydion''': TheWisePrince and [[TheObiWan mentor]] to Taran, a great warrior and war leader whom Taran looks up to and idolizes immensely. He leads the Sons of Don in their battles against the forces of evil, taking the role of a SupportingLeader.

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'''Gwydion''': TheWisePrince and [[TheObiWan mentor]] mentor to Taran, a great warrior and war leader whom Taran looks up to and idolizes immensely. He leads the Sons of Don in their battles against the forces of evil, taking the role of a SupportingLeader.



* TheObiWan: Taran is lucky enough to have ''three'': Gwydion, Dallben and Coll. [[spoiler: And only one of them dies.]]
28th Jun '16 1:31:55 AM PaulA
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* AllNaturalGemPolish

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* AllNaturalGemPolishAllNaturalGemPolish: In ''The High King'', while going through a Fair Folk mine tunnel, Glew finds a large number of uncut gems that are sparkling, glinting and glittering. (Homage is paid to the trope though: Doli comments that those stones are really worthless, and even the work of a jeweler wouldn't improve them much.)



* TheApprentice: During his travels in ''Taran Wanderer'', Taran briefly becomes the apprentice of three different crafters.



* {{Dedication}}: ''The High King'', the last book of the series, is dedicated "To the boys who have always been Taran and the girls who will always be Eilonwy."



* EvilChancellor: In ''The Castle of Llyr'', Magg is chancellor to the kindly King of Mona. Unfortunately for King Rhuddlum, Magg's real loyalty lies with the wicked Queen Achren, who has promised him a kingdom if he helps her kidnap Princess Eilonwy.



* FarmBoy: Taran is a young boy, profession '''assistant''' pig-keeper, who ran headlong into adventures (and a thornbush) when Hen Wen, his oracular charge, ran away from the Horned King. [[spoiler:If his true parentage was noble, it's never revealed. He was found as a baby nearby a violent battle where nobody survived, so he was without rank or heritage, something which his foster-father took as a sign that he was the chosen child]].



* HijackedByJesus: Arawn, the king of the Otherworld in the ''Literature/{{Mabinogion}}'', is re-envisioned as an evil force similar to Tolkien's [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]]. You could also make a pretty good parallel between Gwydion and Jesus in ''The Book of Three''. Alexander, at least, acknowledges in the author's note that Arawn is "considerably more villainous" in his version, so at least he's aware of the situation.



* ItWasAGift:
** At the end of ''The Book of Three'', the main characters are given gifts that they will carry throughout the series.
** In the middle of the fourth book, ''Taran Wanderer'', Dorath demands Taran's sword as "payment" for "protection". Taran refuses because it was given to him by his guardian Dallben and first put on him by the girl he loves. [[spoiler:After a fight in which Dorath's sword is broken, Dorath treacherously pulls a dagger and steals it.]] At the end of the book this proves to be symbolic, because [[spoiler:Taran faces Dorath again, this time fighting with a sword Taran had forged himself, and when the two swords meet, it is the sword of his childhood that shatters]].



* KindheartedCatLover: Taran and Fflewddur Fflam, but most notably Fflewddur. When facing the giant wild cat, Llyan, Taran can't help but appreciate the magnificent creature and when Fflewddur had the opportunity to slay her, he didn't. Whether it was out of animal appreciation or cowardice or a mixture of both is never clear[[spoiler:, but the end result is that Llyan becomes Fflewddur's mount and pet by the end of her debut book and he dotes on her every bit as much as she dotes on him]].



* LastMinuteHookUp: After five books of arguments and misunderstandings, Taran and Eilonwy get married at the very end of the last chapter of the last book.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Ellidyr in Book 2. Achren in Book 5 is a less clear-cut case; it's unclear whether she was genuinely redeemed or just involved in an EnemyMine.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Ellidyr in Book 2. Achren in Book 5 RedemptionEqualsDeath:
** In ''The Black Cauldron'', [[spoiler:Prince Ellidyr, the resident {{Jerkass}}, spends most of the book putting Taran down for being lowly born and eventually betrays the party to satisfy his own lust for glory. At the end, he realizes the error of his ways and makes a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the Black Cauldron before it can be used on the heroes]].
** In ''The High King'', [[spoiler:Achren
is a less clear-cut case; it's unclear whether she was genuinely redeemed or just involved in an EnemyMine.]]



* WildHair: Fflewddur and Gwydion.

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* WildHair: Fflewddur and Gwydion.WildHair:
** Fflewddur.
** In ''The Book of Three'', Prince Gwydion is described as having "the shaggy, gray-streaked hair of a wolf".



* TheWisePrince: Prince Gwydion is very knowledgeable and intelligent.

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* TheWisePrince: TheWisePrince:
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Prince Gwydion is very knowledgeable and intelligent.
28th Jun '16 12:39:14 AM PaulA
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* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: The original title (and current alt title) was MirrorOfLlunet (from ''Taran Wanderer''), making it the original TropeNamer.

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* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: The original title (and current alt title) was MirrorOfLlunet (from In ''Taran Wanderer''), making it Wanderer'', TheHecateSisters send Taran off to find the original TropeNamer.Mirror of Llunet, which, if he looks into it, will reveal who he really is (something that Taran, who has no idea who his family is, desperately wants to know). It turns out that the magic mirror is just a particularly pretty puddle; it was the trials of looking for it that gave Taran a sense of who he really was, not looking into some magic mirror.



* MagicMirror: The Mirror of Llunet is the object of Taran's quest in ''Taran Wanderer''. Taran wishes to know of his parentage and so seeks this mirror which will show the truth.

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* MagicMirror: The Mirror of Llunet is the object of Taran's quest in ''Taran Wanderer''. Taran wishes to know of his parentage and so seeks this mirror which will show the truth.him who he really is.



* MirrorOfLlunet: The (former) TropeNamer.
28th Jun '16 12:06:59 AM PaulA
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Generations of youngsters have struggled in vain to pronounce the names in '''The Chronicles of Prydain''', a five-book series of fantasy novels by the late American author LloydAlexander. Based (very) loosely on the {{Mabinogion}} and taking place in the fantasy world of Prydain, which bears no small resemblance to UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}. The novels feature a series of epic adventures in a land of HighFantasy, but place more emphasis on [[ComingOfAgeStory the protagonist's growing maturity and his journey into manhood.]]

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Generations of youngsters have struggled in vain to pronounce the names in '''The Chronicles of Prydain''', a five-book series of fantasy novels by the late American author LloydAlexander. Creator/LloydAlexander. Based (very) loosely on the {{Mabinogion}} Literature/{{Mabinogion}} and taking place in the fantasy world of Prydain, which bears no small resemblance to UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}. The novels feature a series of epic adventures in a land of HighFantasy, but place more emphasis on [[ComingOfAgeStory the protagonist's growing maturity and his journey into manhood.]]
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.
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