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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 13-14

Chapter 13: The Plan Has Ellidyr been to the Marshes of Morva? Ellidyr, who is referred to in this and the previous chapter, has not been to the Marshes of Morva. In the previous chapter, Orddu said, “If he’d come … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 11-12

Chapter 11: The Cottage Write short character analyses of the three enchantresses found in Chapter 11. All Three Enchantresses Obviously, all three enchantresses are female, and all three are enchantresses. In addition, all three seem to be short and plumb. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide ‚ Chapters 9-10

Chapter 9: The Brooch Why did Adaon allow Taran to make an important decision in Chapter 7? Adaon explains why he allowed Taran to make the important decision in Chapter 7 of whether to try to gain possession of the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 7-8

Chapter 7: Kaw What aid does Gwystyl give to the band of heroes? Gwystyl really does aid the band of heroes. He has made a powder for use in emergencies. When applied to feet or hooves, it will hide one’s … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 5-6

Chapter 5: The Huntsmen of Annuvin Describe the Huntsmen of Annuvin. We have learned much about the Huntsmen of Annuvin before, in Chapter 3. To repeat: The Huntsmen of Annuvin are ruthless warriors who fight for Arawn: “They are ruthless … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 3-4

Chapter 3: Adaon Which simile does Eilonwy use at the beginning of Chapter 3? Why does she use it? Eilonwy tells Taran, “I’m not speaking to you! […] The way you acted. That’s like asking someone to a feast, then … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide — Chapter 2

Chapter 2: The Naming of the Tasks What are Gwydion’s goal and plan? Prince Gwydion’s goal is to take the Black Cauldron away from Arawn so that he cannot use it to create more of the slave-warriors who are known … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BLACK CAULDRON: A Discussion Guide Author’s Note and Chapter 1

Author’s Note What are the author’s reasons for the “darker thread” running through this book, the second volume of the Chronicles of Prydain? Quite simply, although this is a book for children, it addresses important themes. Mr. Alexander writes, Although … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BOOK OF THREE: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 19-20 (Conclusion)

Chapter 19: The Secret Has Fflewddur Fflam fought well? Was he afraid? Fflewddur Fflam has fought well. He tells of his fight, and Taran expects that the strings of his harp will snap, but they don’t, so we know that … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BOOK OF THREE: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 16-18

Chapter 16: Doli What do we learn about King Eiddileg in Chapter 16? King Eiddileg can be devious, although he is basically harmless. He did not tell Taran and his band about Hen Wen. We discover that the Fair Folk … Continue reading

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