Creator: Lloyd Alexander
We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was an American writer of children's fantasy novels, best known for the High Fantasy Chronicles of Prydain. Other works include The Arkadians, Time Cat, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, The Illyrian Adventure and the Westmark trilogy.
— Lloyd Alexander
Works by Lloyd Alexander with their own trope page include:
- The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
- The Illyrian Adventure
- Chronicles of Prydain
- Time Cat
- Westmark trilogy
- The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
Other works by Lloyd Alexander provide examples of:
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Ops in The Arkadians.
- Bittersweet Ending: Lloyd Alexander is quite fond of these.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted without fail. Any cat that shows up in a Lloyd Alexander book is going to be portrayed in a positive light, and will be either one of the protagonists of the story or ultimately end upon the side of the protagonist.
- El Cid Ploy: The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha has La Résistance perpetuate the myth that their greatest king is alive and fighting to frighten their oppressors. In reality, his daughter is in charge, and arguably accomplishing more than her father actually did.
- Evil Chancellor: The Vizier in The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Many of his novels feature a similar quest plot and cast of characters, each set in a different one of these.
- The Chronicles of Prydain: Welsh mythology
- The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha: Persia
- The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen: ancient China
- The Arkadians: ancient Greece
- The Iron Ring: ancient India
- The Rope Trick: Renaissance Italy
- The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio: the Silk Road
- The Westmark Trilogy: 18th-19th century northwestern Europe
- The Vesper Holly Adventures:
- The Illyrian Adventure: the Ottoman Balkans
- The El Dorado Adventure: Panama
- The Drackenberg Adventure: part Austria-Hungary, part tiny German principality
- The Jedera Adventure: Algeria
- Legacy Immortality: In The Arkadians, the main girl's mother is the latest in a line of priestesses passing for one immortal one.
- Regent for Life: Regent Grinssorg from The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian. He's Regent prior to Princess Isabel's parents' deaths, but considering how he may have had a hand in that, his goal was likely this. He aimed to marry Isabel in order to cement it too.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something:
- In The Iron Ring, the lead is a minor king from Fantasy India who abandons his country over a matter of honor; he did a perfectly good job until then and left it in good hands, but he comes back with a mega agenda at the end and reforms the country like crazy. A whole lot of other kings appear over the course of the story, as both negative and positive examples.
- The lead of The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is a professional layabout who's magically sent to a vaguely Persian country where he first nearly drowns and is then proclaimed king. Spends a while enjoying the easy life, then gets bit by a sense of responsibility, complains about how exhausting it is, annoys the hell out of his whole court by attempting to actually rule, and gets himself nearly assassinated. Then the plot starts.
- In The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, it's implied that Prince Jen's father doesn't do much, at least partially because his corrupt chancellors perpetually keep him oblivious. Prince Jen is growing up to be the same, but when the wise man, Master Wu, enters the royal court (and evades guards who want to punish him for such a brazen act) and tells him of a utopian kingdom ruled by the wise Yuan-Ming, Jen and his father agree that Jen must go there, learn from him, and become this trope.
- In the case of Princess Isabel of The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian, it wasn't that she "didn't do anything", but "couldn't do anything". Her palace staff were ordered by the corrupt Regent Grinssorg to brainwash her to brainlessness before she was old enough to assert her authority. Fortunately, she retained enough willfulness to rebel and seek help in overthrowing said regent.
- The Good Chancellor
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: The short story, "The Stone", was about a man who found a stone that stopped him from aging — but it also had the same effect on everything around him. So his crops wouldn't sprout, his cow wouldn't calve, and his child wouldn't grow. To make matters worse, the stone was a Clingy MacGuffin.