History Literature / TheChroniclesOfPrydain

27th Jul '17 2:33:20 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ImpoverishedPatrician: Ellidyr is a prince, but his family squandered its wealth before he was even born. All he really has are his title and his horse.
27th Jul '17 2:30:43 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The closing body count at the end of the book is: [[spoiler:Coll, Achren, Magg, High King Math, Annlaw Clay-Shaper, Llonio, King Rhun, King Pryderi, Arawn, Achren, and Taran's gwythaint]]. If you count returning to the "Summer Country" as a metaphor for death (which it is in some belief systems), then the book also claims [[spoiler:Gwydion, Fflewddur, Llyan, Doli, Taliesin, Gurgi, Glew, the Fair Folk, and the Sons and Daughters of Don]] ''writ large'', since following Arawn's death TheMagicGoesAway, so to speak.

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** The closing body count at the end of the book is: [[spoiler:Coll, Achren, Magg, High King Math, Annlaw Clay-Shaper, Llonio, King Rhun, King Pryderi, Arawn, Achren, and Taran's gwythaint]]. If you count returning to the "Summer Country" as a metaphor for death (which it is in some belief systems), then the book also claims [[spoiler:Gwydion, Fflewddur, Llyan, Doli, Taliesin, Gurgi, Glew, the Fair Folk, and the Sons and Daughters of Don]] ''writ large'', since following Arawn's death TheMagicGoesAway, so to speak.
20th Jul '17 9:23:51 PM Sontin
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** The running away is somewhat justified though, in that Gurgi has no way to defend himself, particularly in the beginning and particularly against the sort of enemies that they always end up facing. When he runs away from a pack of Cauldron-Born (who are pretty much invulnerable soldiers) and later gets slated by Taran for doing so, Eilonwy's response is that while Gurgi's actions certainly weren't brave, they really weren't stupid either, and that she couldn't see what possible use there would be in Gurgi standing there waiting to be killed
*** The above incident is doubly justified in that it occurs quite early on, when Gurgi has only just met Taran and has no idea whether Taran will defend him (or even if he *can* defend him) or abandon him, especially given how Taran first treats him.
**** And let's not forget that Gwydion also orders Taran to run as soon as they first encounter Cauldron-Born. Gurgi just doesn't need to be told
13th Jul '17 7:56:05 PM Linda58
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* SandInMyEyes: In ''The High King'', when Fflewddur sacrifices his harp for firewood, he complains of how it smokes, though it burns with very little smoke. He then comments that he's glad to be rid of it, and two strings break.

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* SandInMyEyes: In ''The High King'', when Fflewddur sacrifices [[spoiler:sacrifices his harp for firewood, firewood,]] he comments that he's glad to be rid of it, and several strings break. He complains of how it smokes, though it burns with very little smoke. He then comments that he's glad to be rid of it, and two strings break.



* WarIsHell: Taran slowly comes to realize this over ''The Book of Three'' and even more-so in ''The Black Cauldron''. Then ''The High King'' rolls around and this trope gets taken UpToEleven.



** [[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.

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** [[Spoiler: [[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.
13th Jul '17 9:22:46 AM mantis
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* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)

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* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)


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** [[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.
12th Jul '17 5:35:37 PM mantis
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* LargeAndInCharge
** King Smoit is larger than life in every sense.
** The Horned King is described as a "giant."



* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)

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* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)
12th Jul '17 4:30:59 PM mantis
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* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)

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* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)



** Spiral Castle collapses after Achren is defeated in ''The Book of Three'', but it was more of a happy accident. Taran pulling Dyrnwyn (a load-bearing ''sword'') from the tombs in Spiral Castle is what actually leads to its collapse; it just happened to perfectly coincide with Gwydion warding off Archen.

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** Spiral Castle collapses after Achren is defeated in ''The Book of Three'', but it was more of a happy accident. Taran pulling Eilonwy removing Dyrnwyn (a load-bearing ''sword'') from the tombs in forgotten underground barrow of the king who built Spiral Castle is what actually leads to its collapse; it just happened collapse.
** Meanwhile, offscreen, Gwydion's success in resisting Achren's attempt
to perfectly coincide with Gwydion warding off Archen.break him ''also'' destroyed the prison of Oeth-Anoeth, where she was having him tortured.
12th Jul '17 4:20:57 PM mantis
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* 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.

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* 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. (It would have happened in the ''first'' chapter, but circumstances intervened just as Taran was about to propose.)
12th Jul '17 4:19:39 PM mantis
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* KingIncognito: Prince Gwydion and Fflewddur. Gwydion travels around the countryside in common garb because he doesn't buy into the "[[SharpDressedMan clothes make the man]]" cliche; in ''The Castle of Llyr'', he is deliberately disguised to avoid detection. Fflewddur does much the same, he's not especially reticent about the fact that he's a king, but he also readily admits that he doesn't like the job of ruling and isn't as good at it as the chief steward he leaves in charge while he's living the life of a wandering bard. Eilonwy is a Princess Incognito in the first book, never directly mentioning her status as heir to a royal dynasty (though she does say that she's "of the blood of Llyr Half-Speech, the Sea King); somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in her case, as her ancestors' castle is a ruin and the kingdom no longer exists as such.

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* KingIncognito: KingIncognito:
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Prince Gwydion and Fflewddur. Gwydion travels around the countryside in common garb because he doesn't buy into the "[[SharpDressedMan clothes make the man]]" cliche; in ''The Castle of Llyr'', he is deliberately disguised to avoid detection. detection.
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Fflewddur does much the same, he's same. He's not especially reticent about the fact that he's a king, but he also readily admits that he doesn't like the job of ruling and isn't as good at it as the chief steward he leaves in charge while he's living the life of a wandering bard. bard.
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Eilonwy is a Princess Incognito in the first book, never directly mentioning her status as heir to a royal dynasty (though she does say that she's "of the blood of Llyr Half-Speech, the Sea King); King"); somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in her case, as her ancestors' castle is a ruin and the kingdom no longer exists as such.
12th Jul '17 4:12:54 PM mantis
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* KingIncognito: Prince Gwydion and Fflewddur. Gwydion travels around the countryside in common garb because he doesn't buy into the "[[SharpDressedMan clothes make the man]]" cliche; in ''The Castle of Llyr'', he is deliberately disguised to avoid detection. Fflewddur does much the same, only he goes out of his way to remind everyone that he's a king. Eilonwy is a Princess Incognito in the first book, never once mentioning her RoyalBlood.

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* KingIncognito: Prince Gwydion and Fflewddur. Gwydion travels around the countryside in common garb because he doesn't buy into the "[[SharpDressedMan clothes make the man]]" cliche; in ''The Castle of Llyr'', he is deliberately disguised to avoid detection. Fflewddur does much the same, only he goes out of his way to remind everyone he's not especially reticent about the fact that he's a king. king, but he also readily admits that he doesn't like the job of ruling and isn't as good at it as the chief steward he leaves in charge while he's living the life of a wandering bard. Eilonwy is a Princess Incognito in the first book, never once directly mentioning her RoyalBlood.status as heir to a royal dynasty (though she does say that she's "of the blood of Llyr Half-Speech, the Sea King); somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in her case, as her ancestors' castle is a ruin and the kingdom no longer exists as such.
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