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Prydain Books (Study Guide): Prydain Novels, the Chronicles of Prydain, the Book of Three, the Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, the High King
by:General Books LLC
This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Prydain Novels, the Chronicles of Prydain, the Book of Three, the Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, the High King, the Foundling and Other Tales From Prydain, the Black Cauldron....
This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Prydain Novels, the Chronicles of Prydain, the Book of Three, the Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, the High King, the Foundling and Other Tales From Prydain, the Black Cauldron. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Chronicles of Prydain (sometimes given as The Prydain Chronicles) is a five-volume series of children's fantasy novels by author Lloyd Alexander. First published from 19641968, the stories detail the adventures of a young man named Taran, who is awarded the honor of Assistant Pig-Keeper but dreams of being a grand hero, and his companions Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam the wandering bard and king, a feral yet gentle creature called Gurgi, and a dwarf named Doli. Since a recurring facet of the series is the progression from youth to maturity, particularly prominent in Taran Wanderer, the series could be considered a bildungsroman. In the early 2000s, an unabridged audiobook production of the series was produced by Listening Library, narrated by James Langton, with author's notes read by Lloyd Alexander. The Black Cauldron, an animated film based on the books, was released by the Walt Disney Company in 1985. Thematically the novels draw upon Welsh mythology, particularly the Mabinogion. The novels are not, however, retellings of those myths a point Alexander himself makes in an author's note for The Book of Three stories have been conflated, and characters have been changed in both role and motive, so a student of Welsh culture should be prepared as Arawn becomes the books' dark archenemy and Gwydion's negative traits are replaced with unclouded heroism. Appropriately, the author's note also reveals the geography is ultimately derived from Wales, though Alexander notes that Prydain is separate from Wales b...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=773502
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