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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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David Bruce: Lloyd Alexander’s THE BOOK OF THREE: A Discussion Guide — Chapters 13-15

Chapter 13: The Hidden Valley What do we learn about Medwyn in Chapter 13? What wisdom does he have? Medwyn’s wisdom lies in caring for (and talking to) animals and in preferring peace over war. Medwyn is a mythic figure. … Continue reading

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