Fflewddur, instantly establishing himself as the mature counterpoint to all this adolescent drama. I love him. :)
There's that expression!
Panel six, that one just makes it for me
Yeah, that one took a while to get right. I'm still not entirely sure I got what I was aiming for, but if it reads that sort of resigned,"Ok, kid, I'll humor you" thought, then I'll take it.
Oh, Fflewddur Fflam!!! You are so thin and adorable! I really appreciate that you made him look like Lloyd Alexander.
Seeing Fflewddur in action makes me appreciate him all the more. He's just such a good person...
He really is. I didn't realize how completely wonderful he is until I started writing for him. But besides being the perfect foil for Taran's drama and Eilonwy's sarcasm, he is the only voice of adult wisdom and he does it so gently the kids don't even notice. He's just a fabulous stand-in for the author; I don't think it's a coincidence that he looks like Lloyd.
He's so cute, peeking out from behind the tree. "Truce?" And yes, you nicely display his wisdom. For all his exuberance and impulsively, he's also an astute observer.
I wonder if that's why he is so tempted to embellish. The realities he observes so need the help.
I hope fflewddur cheats toward the camera often. It really works for some reason.
Also, the look on his face in the final panel as he realizes how easily manipulated Taran is is priceless.
I think it works because his role is a sort of humorous stand-in for how the author himself looks at this world and its characters. His physical description is a dead ringer for Alexander and there's the obvious parallel of bard/storyteller. So in my head, it's almost that Fflewddur is telling the story or at least functioning as a Greek chorus of sorts, in which case the occasional viewer acknowledgement makes perfect sense.
Dedicated font for the win!
And like Odd, I really like his resemblance to Mr. Alexander, too. So apropos.
He IS Alexander. To do else would have been a dishonor.
Exactly how I pictured him! (But I didn't know he looked like Alexander, that's so cool!)
But taran needs to get his head set...
I hope Eilonwy will be fine and gives him fire... *hugs her*
sighs .. men...
One thing has always bothered me about this series: How do you pronounce "FFlewddur Fflam"? I wish LA would have provided a pronunciation guide for us readers who know nothing about Welsh orthography.
He did! There are pronunciation guides in several printings of the books, but perhaps not in every language. It doesn’t do any good to know welsh, though - Lloyd used an anglicized pronunciation, so there are deviations between his versions and their welsh counterparts. In Welsh, the bard’s name would be “Floo-theer” whereas the guide dictates “Flew-der”. After two trips to Wales, I find the former creeping into my usage frequently, or at the very least, I roll the ‘r’ on the end as they do.
There’s a beautifully done guide here that follows the author’s dictates: Click.
You are right about "not in every language". I've read the books in German, and they came without a pronunciation guide. It may be time to switch to the originals.