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Lloyd Alexander Bio   [Teacher Resource File]
[Extensive Prydain Guide]

THE CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN

Blending rich elements of Welsh legend, universal mythology and imagination, Lloyd Alexander created Prydain, a land of fantasy, good and evil and heroes rooted in reality and truth.

“The Chronicle of Prydain is fantasy. Such things never happen in real life. Or do they? Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. This extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”

Through this engaging series, Taran grows from boy to man and finally meets up with his true destiny.

Originally published over a period of five year from 1964 to 1968, “The Black Cauldron” was a Newbery Honor Book, and the final volume in the chronicles, “The High King”, was awarded the Newbery Medal. “The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain,” is also available in hardcover for the first time in twenty years.

Each volume now includes a pronunciation guide prepared by Lloyd Alexander. The handsome new jackets in metallic retain the original art of Caldecott Medal-winning artist Evaline Ness.

THE BLACK CAULDRON

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THE BOOK OF THREE

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THE CASTLE OF LLYR

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THE HIGH KING

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TARAN WANDERER

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THE FOUNDLING

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Pronunciation Guide
Achren = AHK-ren
Adaon = ah-DAY-on
Aeddan = EE-dan
Angharad = an-GAR-ad
Annuvin = ah-NOO-vin
Arawn = ah-RAWN
Briavel = bree-AH-vel
Brynach = BRIHN-ak
Caer Cadarn = kare KAH-darn
Caer Colur = kare KOH-loor
Caer Dathyl - kare DA-thil
Coll = kahl
Dallben = DAHL-ben
Doli = DOH-lee
Don = dahn
Dwyvach = DWIH-vak
Dyrnwyn = DUHRN-win
Edyrnion = eh-DIR-nyon
Eiddileg = eye-DILL-eg
Eilonwy = eye-LAHN-wee
Ellidyr = ELLI-deer
Fflewddur Fflam = FLEW-der flam
Geraint = GHER-aint
Goewin = GOH-win
Govannion = go-VAH-nyon
Gurgi = GHER-ghee
Gwydion = GWIH-dyon
Gwythaint = GWIH-thaint
Islimach = iss-LIM-ahk
Llawgadarn = law-GAD-arn
Lluagor = lew-AH-gore
Llunet = LOO-net
Llyan = lee-AHN
Llyr = leer
Melyngar = MELLIN-gar
Melynlas = MELLIN-lass
Oeth-Anoeth = eth-AHN-eth
Orddu = OR-doo
Orgoch = OR-gahk
Orwen = OR-wen
Prydain = prih-DANE
Pryderi = prih-DAY-ree
Rhuddlum = ROOD-lum
Rhun = roon
Smoit = smoyt
Taliesin = tally-ESS-in
Taran = TAH-ran
Teleria = tell-EHR-ya
The Prydain Companion: A Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles
The Prydain Companion: A Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles
by Michael Tunnell
April 2003

This remarkable reference resource includes:
-a biographical sketch of Lloyd Alexander
-a personal Foreword by Mr. Alexander himself
-a “How to Use the Companion” section from the author
-pronunciation keys
-an alphabetical guide to the peoples, places, and objects of the Prydain Chronicles
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