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The Black Cauldron (1965)

by Lloyd Alexander

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Series: The Chronicles of Prydain (2)

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Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain, faces even more dangers as he seeks the magical Black Cauldron, the chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death.
  1. 81
    The Grey King by Susan Cooper (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: The Grey King is technically Book 4 of a series, but it could be read alone. Silver on the Tree also has Welsh mythology.
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    The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff (infiniteletters)
    infiniteletters: The Hound of Rowan is modern, but it shares aspects of Welsh mythology.
  3. 15
    Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Medicinos)
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A quick but enjoyable read...Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper has learned a few more things about life and is on his way to becoming the man he wants to become.... ( )
  DarrinLett | Aug 14, 2022 |
In this second novel of the Chronicles of Prydain Taran and his companions go on a quest to destroy the cauldron that is being used by Arawn to make deathless warriors.

Just like the first book in the series, there is a familiar feeling to reading the book. I guess it’s because of the traditional tropes. The series is heavily influenced by Welsh mythology, but since I don’t know much about it what it keeps reminding me of is Lord of the Rings and fairy tales. It is a lighter version of those that has very clear lessons for kids, delivered in a brilliant way.

As much as I liked this book and the fact that there were many wonderful quotes in this volume, the arcs of the two of the characters introduced weren’t as satisfying as I would have liked. I would have loved for their character journey to be more fleshed out. When it comes to the usual group, I still really love Doli and Eilonwy. They are still my favourites. Taran has a lot of growth to do and in this one he had to face his pride and find out what really matters. Ellydir was really annoying, but still an interesting character and important in the way that he mirrors the darkest facets of Taran.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I will definitely continue the series. The characters and the writing style are comforting to me and give me a feeling of nostalgia even though I never read the books before. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
One of my favorite books, much better than the movie! I loved the tale, and the characters became like family. ( )
  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 15, 2022 |
I liked this one better than the first, the action started right off, there was a quest and work to get to, and off they went. I found the story more interesting as well, and in general, as I listened, I could see in the story the stuff of Disney movies - a dwarf that can turn invisible, a trio of amusing enchantresses, an underdog hero. I can still find echoes of Middle Earth and the flavor of the Lord of the Rings, but it feels an homage, and there exist in them both elements of great stories, truth, goodness, and beauty.
So far, this series is shaping up to be a good starting point from which to delve into a realm of fantasy with a younger child. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
Another great installment in the Chronicles of Prydain, I actually liked this one more then the first. This was all about the search for the black cauldron so many new characters where introduced and while I was ultimately wrong about who was the villain in this as they aren't exactly present until the end I will say it took me by surprise since it was a character I completely forgot about, and all the signs pointed to some one else, I should have been able to catch that bit of trickery in the writing but I didn't haha.

I will say this one had a greater melancholy tone this time around, from Taran wallowing in his self pity a lot and there being an actual death on the good side of the story and the end with Islimach was shocking to be honest. The whole story just kind of hung around this sad melancholy feel but it worked for the tale and I like that Alexander wasn't afraid to put death in the tale, it made it feel believable that these people are on a dangerous journey in their fight against Arawn.

It of course has a happy ending but not with out tragedy before hand, and once again it wrapped up nicely and stands well on its own. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Sep 29, 2021 |
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The Newbery-winning fantasy series now available in gorgeous new paperback editions! SinceThe Book of Threewas first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain. Released over a period of five years, Lloyd Alexander s beautifully written tales not only captured children s imaginations but also garnered the highest critical praise. The Black Cauldronwas a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles,The High King, crowned the series by winning the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Henry Holt is proud to present this classic series in a new, redesigned paperback format. The jackets feature stunning art by acclaimed fantasy artist David Wyatt, giving the books a fresh look for today s generation of young fantasy lovers. The companion book of short stories,The Foundlingis also available in paperback at this time. In their more than thirty years in print, the Chronicles of Prydain have become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children.
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Sonya Goldman (Children's Literature)
Five enchanting books comprise the "Chronicles of Prydain" by Alexander. Prydain is a land with heroes and legends drawn from Welsh mythology. In TheBlack Cauldron, book 2 of the series, Taran takes further steps toward manhood. He must help destroy the vessel from which the fearsome Cauldron Born warriors spring to march with the evil lord Awren. The companions join with him again on this new adventure. Wondrous magic and a very arrogant young nobleman punctuate this gripping tale. The princess Eilonwy has been growing like a weed. Other books in the Chronicles include The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King and The Book of Three. 1965, Henry Holt and Bantam Doubleday Dell, $16.96 and $4.99. Ages 10 up.

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Lloyd Alexanderprimary authorall editionscalculated
Langton, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Jody A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maitz, DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ness, EvalineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pilhjerta, Ritva-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stead, RebeccaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The following pages are intended, hopefully, to do something more than continue the Chronicles of Prydain. "What happens next?" is always an urgent question, and this volume attempts to answer it, at least partially. Nevertheless, The Black Cauldron should stand as a chronicle in its own right. Certain matters previously hinted at are here revealed more fully; and, while extending the story, I have also tried to deepen it. [from the "Author's Note"]
Autumn had come too swiftly. In the northernmost realms of Prydain many trees were already leafless, and among the branches clung the ragged shapes of empty nests. To the south, across the river Great Avren, the hills shielded Caer Dallben from the winds, but even here the little farm was drawing in on itself. [from chapter 1, "The Council at Caer Dallben"]
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In the imaginary land of Prydain, where "evil is never distant," Prince Gwydion faces dangers more threatening that have ever been dreamed of. It has become imperative that the Black Cauldron, chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death, be destroyed.

For each of the warriors chosen to journey to Arawn's domain, the quest has special meaning. To Ellidyr, the youngest son of an impoverished king, it means a chance to satisfy his bitter longing for fame. For Adaon, beloved for his gentleness and bravery, the quest is an omen whose significance he dreads to discover. And to Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, the adventure seems a glorious opportunity to wear his first sword, and be a man among men.

In this story, filled with great sacrifice and great adventure, each warrior fulfills his destiny in ways entirely unforeseen.

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