History Literature / TheChroniclesOfPrydain

13th May '18 11:14:05 AM AJD
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* UnusualEuphemism: Dorath threatens Eilonwy by claiming he will "remove her charms". Hey, it's a kids' book after all.
13th May '18 10:40:28 AM AJD
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* SacrificialLion: The death of [[spoiler:King Rhun]] early in ''TheHighKing'' establishes the raised stakes of this volume.
13th May '18 10:38:45 AM AJD
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* ChangedMyMindKid: Doli walks out on the companions at least once a book, only to come back in short order, to the point where it becomes something of a running gag.
13th May '18 10:37:54 AM AJD
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** "Deliver us from fools and assistant pig-keepers."

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** "Deliver us from fools and assistant pig-keepers.""Hullo, hullo!"
13th May '18 10:31:34 AM AJD
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** Gurgi sort of counts. He loves to eat, and is implied to eat a lot; but his small size means that he can't eat much in one sitting.

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** Gurgi sort of counts. He loves to eat, and is implied to eat a lot; but his small size means that he can't eat much in one sitting.Gurgi.
10th Apr '18 6:48:52 PM hullflyer
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* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters, most particularly Taran and Eilonwy. However, Rhun should also be mentioned-in Book 3, he was TheKKlutz, but pulls off an excellent BackupBluff in Book 5.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters, most particularly Taran and Eilonwy. However, Rhun should also be mentioned-in mentioned - in Book 3, he was TheKKlutz, TheKlutz, but pulls off an excellent BackupBluff in Book 5.
10th Apr '18 5:59:50 AM MasterFuzzy
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* BoringButPractical: How Dallben and Math describe a shepherd's staff, which is much less flashy than a crown but actually helps the wielder stand up straight.



* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: In ''Taran Wanderer'', TheHecateSisters send Taran off to find the 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.

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* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: In ''Taran Wanderer'', TheHecateSisters send Taran off to find the 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.mirror (also the former TropeNamer, as it happens).



* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler:In the end, Taran is offered the chance to sail to the Summer Country. He stays to help rebuild after the war, and becomes the new High King. Eilonwy also decides to stay with him. ]]

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* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler:In the end, Taran is offered the chance to sail to the Summer Country. He stays to help rebuild after the war, and becomes the new High King. Eilonwy also decides to stay with him. ]]



* TheRival: Ellidyr.

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* TheRival: Ellidyr.Ellidyr, to Taran.



** Another is Eilonwy informing Taran, often, that she's not speaking to him. Except, of course, to remind him that she's not speaking to him.



* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters, most particularly Taran and Eilonwy. However, Rhun should also be mentioned-in Book 3, he was TheKKlutz, but pulls off an excellent BackupBluff in Book 5.



* 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.

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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.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Pryderi]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Pryderi]][[spoiler: Morgant]] in Book 2 and [[spoiler: Pryderi]] in Book 5 both fit the trope.
9th Apr '18 6:41:15 PM hullflyer
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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Rhun]]'s death was completely unexpected. It only gets worse with [[spoiler: Achren, King Math, and especially ''Coll'']].

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Rhun]]'s [[spoiler:Rhun]]'s death was completely unexpected. It only gets worse with [[spoiler: Achren, [[spoiler:Achren, King Math, and especially ''Coll'']].



* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler: Taran at the end of the series.]]

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler: Taran [[spoiler:Taran at the end of the series.]]



* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler: Eilonwy in the third book.]]

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* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler: Eilonwy [[spoiler:Eilonwy in the third book.]]



* ChekhovsGunman: Nearly everyone Taran befriends on his journey in ''Taran Wanderer'' comes back to help out in the campaign against Arawn in ''The High King'', or gets [[spoiler: killed tragically]] to provide more personal drama for the final conflict.

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* ChekhovsGunman: Nearly everyone Taran befriends on his journey in ''Taran Wanderer'' comes back to help out in the campaign against Arawn in ''The High King'', or gets [[spoiler: killed [[spoiler:killed tragically]] to provide more personal drama for the final conflict.



* AChildShallLeadThem: Taran still seems to be a teenager when he is made a war leader, and eventually [[spoiler: High King.]]

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* AChildShallLeadThem: Taran still seems to be a teenager when he is made a war leader, and eventually [[spoiler: High [[spoiler:High King.]]



* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''The High King'' won a Newbery Medal and is a veritable named-character bloodbath. [[spoiler: Even if none of the characters on the cover die. No, not even the ReallyBigCat]]. ''The Black Cauldron'', by comparison, won a Newbery Honor and only has a body count of two.

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* DeathByNewberyMedal: ''The High King'' won a Newbery Medal and is a veritable named-character bloodbath. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even if none of the characters on the cover die. No, not even the ReallyBigCat]]. ''The Black Cauldron'', by comparison, won a Newbery Honor and only has a body count of two.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Achren]], possibly. Other interpretations suggest more of an EnemyMine against Arawn.
* HeelRealization: Ellidyr comes to a version of this at at the end of ''The Black Cauldron'' and [[spoiler: atones with a HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Achren]], [[spoiler:Achren]], possibly. Other interpretations suggest more of an EnemyMine against Arawn.
* HeelRealization: Ellidyr comes to a version of this at at the end of ''The Black Cauldron'' and [[spoiler: atones [[spoiler:atones with a HeroicSacrifice.]]



* HumiliationConga: Queen Achren. Starts off as a powerful sorceress and queen, and rules Prydain as an absolute tyrant. Later, she is overthrown by her more powerful protege and consort [[spoiler: Arawn]], and is moved to Spiral Castle. The castle is (unwittingly) destroyed by the heroes, robbing Achren of her powers, which she attempts to replace by controlling Eilonwy. She is also repeatedly spurned by the object of her affections, Gwydion. By the fourth book, she's a powerless refugee who works as a maid in Caer Dallben. Quite a long way to fall.

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* HumiliationConga: Queen Achren. Starts off as a powerful sorceress and queen, and rules Prydain as an absolute tyrant. Later, she is overthrown by her more powerful protege and consort [[spoiler: Arawn]], [[spoiler:Arawn]], and is moved to Spiral Castle. The castle is (unwittingly) destroyed by the heroes, robbing Achren of her powers, which she attempts to replace by controlling Eilonwy. She is also repeatedly spurned by the object of her affections, Gwydion. By the fourth book, she's a powerless refugee who works as a maid in Caer Dallben. Quite a long way to fall.



* InformedAbility: Many characters are said to be enchanters, but they rarely if ever use these abilities. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with Eilonwy as she never finished her training, and she [[spoiler: destroys any hope of mastering her magic in the third book.]] This gets completely averted for Dallben in Book 5, when he [[LetsGetDangerous proves his power]] to [[spoiler: Pryderi]].

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* InformedAbility: Many characters are said to be enchanters, but they rarely if ever use these abilities. Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with Eilonwy as she never finished her training, and she [[spoiler: destroys [[spoiler:destroys any hope of mastering her magic in the third book.]] This gets completely averted for Dallben in Book 5, when he [[LetsGetDangerous proves his power]] to [[spoiler: Pryderi]].[[spoiler:Pryderi]].



** In a non-villainous example, Dallben claims that his home will be consumed with magical fire if he is killed, along with anyone foolish enough to kill him. [[spoiler: He may have been bluffing about this; we never actually find out either way.]]

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** In a non-villainous example, Dallben claims that his home will be consumed with magical fire if he is killed, along with anyone foolish enough to kill him. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He may have been bluffing about this; we never actually find out either way.]]



* MyGirlBackHome: Arianllyn, Adaon's betrothed. [[spoiler: He never makes it back to her, and [[FatalFamilyPhoto the poor guy didn't even show a photo of her.]]]]

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* MyGirlBackHome: Arianllyn, Adaon's betrothed. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He never makes it back to her, and [[FatalFamilyPhoto the poor guy didn't even show a photo of her.]]]]



** 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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** 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 [[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.]]



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Gwydion, in the first book.]]

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* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Gwydion, [[spoiler:Gwydion, in the first book.]]



* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler: In the end, Taran is offered the chance to sail to the Summer Country. He stays to help rebuild after the war, and becomes the new High King. Eilonwy also decides to stay with him. ]]

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* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, Taran is offered the chance to sail to the Summer Country. He stays to help rebuild after the war, and becomes the new High King. Eilonwy also decides to stay with him. ]]



* SchmuckBait: The Book of Three. Taran, what is your fascination with this mysterious and forbidden tome?! Fortunately, the book seems to be sentient, and it punishes Taran's innocent curiosity with the equivalent pain of a few mere bee stings. [[spoiler: King Pryderi, on the other hand, wants to steal the book and use its secrets to gain power, and he [[ShockAndAwe is not so lucky.]]]]

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* SchmuckBait: The Book of Three. Taran, what is your fascination with this mysterious and forbidden tome?! Fortunately, the book seems to be sentient, and it punishes Taran's innocent curiosity with the equivalent pain of a few mere bee stings. [[spoiler: King [[spoiler:King Pryderi, on the other hand, wants to steal the book and use its secrets to gain power, and he [[ShockAndAwe is not so lucky.]]]]



** Taran works Craddoc's farm thinking [[spoiler: mistakenly that Craddoc is his real father]].

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** Taran works Craddoc's farm thinking [[spoiler: mistakenly [[spoiler:mistakenly that Craddoc is his real father]].



* SoulJar: [[spoiler: Morda]] has one of these.

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* SoulJar: [[spoiler: Morda]] [[spoiler:Morda]] has one of these.



** In a bit of a twist, current BigBad Arawn was in fact TheStarscream to former BigBad, Achren. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion Twisted back]] in that Achren [[KarmicDeath turned right around and Starscreamed back at him.]]]]

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** In a bit of a twist, current BigBad Arawn was in fact TheStarscream to former BigBad, Achren. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion [[spoiler:[[DoubleSubversion Twisted back]] in that Achren [[KarmicDeath turned right around and Starscreamed back at him.]]]]



* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Achren]], who goes from [[spoiler: an evil queen]] to a refugee cleaning up Caer Dallben to helping the heroes take down Arawn.

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* TokenEvilTeammate: [[spoiler: Achren]], [[spoiler:Achren]], who goes from [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an evil queen]] to a refugee cleaning up Caer Dallben to helping the heroes take down Arawn.



* TheUnreveal: There are two characters whose origins and true nature are deliberately left unclear: Taran and Arawn. We never learn who [[spoiler: Taran's biological parents]] are. And we never learn who/what [[spoiler:Arawn]] really is. After he's killed, he reverts to his true form which ends up lying face down on the floor, but before anyone can go near him, [[LoadBearingBoss his fortress starts to crumble]] and everyone has to split.

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* TheUnreveal: There are two characters whose origins and true nature are deliberately left unclear: Taran and Arawn. We never learn who [[spoiler: Taran's [[spoiler:Taran's biological parents]] are. And we never learn who/what [[spoiler:Arawn]] really is. After he's killed, he reverts to his true form which ends up lying face down on the floor, but before anyone can go near him, [[LoadBearingBoss his fortress starts to crumble]] and everyone has to split.



* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Pryderi]]

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* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Pryderi]][[spoiler:Pryderi]]



** [[spoiler: Morgant]] offers to make Taran his war leader and spare the lives of his companions if Taran will serve him, threatening to turn them all into Cauldron-Born should he refuse.
** Much to Taran's shock and disbelief, [[spoiler: Gwydion]] makes this offer to him near the end of the series. The rule together part, that is, not the consort part. [[spoiler: It's Arawn in disguise.]]

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** [[spoiler: Morgant]] [[spoiler:Morgant]] offers to make Taran his war leader and spare the lives of his companions if Taran will serve him, threatening to turn them all into Cauldron-Born should he refuse.
** Much to Taran's shock and disbelief, [[spoiler: Gwydion]] [[spoiler:Gwydion]] makes this offer to him near the end of the series. The rule together part, that is, not the consort part. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's Arawn in disguise.]]



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Dragged out until the ''very last page'' of the final book with Taran and Eilonwy. [[spoiler: TheyDo, of course.]]

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Dragged out until the ''very last page'' of the final book with Taran and Eilonwy. [[spoiler: TheyDo, [[spoiler:TheyDo, of course.]]
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Though technically zombies (in the sense that both are animated corpses), the Cauldron-Born are otherwise nothing like traditional zombies. They aren't even rotting, though their skin is grey, due to a lack of circulating blood. Their eyes are often described as being like stones.
9th Apr '18 6:20:15 PM hullflyer
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** 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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** 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 whose 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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