The Book of Three

fan adaptation of the first novel in The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

Chapter Thirteen page 8

posted 21st May 2018, 10:59 PM

Chapter Thirteen page 8
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21st May 2018, 10:59 PM

Saeriellyn

Ya'll forgive me a second while I blow a single line of dialog into a full page of sympathetic emotional development. It's what I do with these two and I can't help myself.

Crazy color is thanks to doing this page largely on my ipad which has a different scheme than my desktop. I hate the inconsistency but it was this or not making my posting deadline.

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22nd May 2018, 1:16 AM

Odd May (Guest)

If I remember correctly, this was one of my favorite sections of your Elionwy-centic fic.

The sheep! I love the sheep!

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22nd May 2018, 2:44 AM

Saeriellyn

Lloyd doesn’t mention a lot of sheep but speaking from experience, Wales is full of them.

This particular scene with the fawn was actually skipped over in my fic so I presume you are referring to the Valley bits in general. Faves of mine, too.

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25th May 2018, 9:38 AM

mantis

I was just reading those chapters of "Sunrise" earlier tonight. (Really, referring to "your Eilonwy-centric fic" is not nearly specific enough -- almost all of your fics are Eilonwy-centric.)

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25th May 2018, 10:35 AM

Saeriellyn

Lol well, that’s true, but I know what they mean.

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22nd May 2018, 3:06 AM

Ragnar_Deerslayer (Guest)

I LOVE Eilonwy's giggle-face! Also, you play to your strengths when you do pages like this, showing the play of emotions across people's faces from panel to panel.

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22nd May 2018, 12:50 PM

Saeriellyn

That's my favorite part. :) Epic stories may be high-action, but my heart is in the details of the human relationships at the center of them.

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22nd May 2018, 5:35 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

Flawless victory. Very nice.

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23rd May 2018, 10:26 AM

Guest

I just recently found your comic, shortly after finding The Book of Three via book group. Every time we read a new chapter, I am always intrigued to read your comic-chapter of the book, and we've finally caught up to you! :) I just wanted to say that I think that your depictions of the characters are phenomenal; It's so rare to find anyone who depicts book characters as similar to how they appear in my mind! Also, your drawings are simply gorgeous! Especially in this chapter, the colors are so lovely! Wonderful job: I look forward to you next installation of the comic.

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23rd May 2018, 3:01 PM

Saeriellyn

Oh wonderful! I'm so glad to hear you're reading the book, and that it led you here. :) Thank you so much for your kind words!

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24th May 2018, 10:45 AM

Guest

You're very welcome! So far, I am absolutely loving the book! I have been told by one of my friends that every time I mention the book(of Three), my face lights up! :)

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24th May 2018, 10:50 AM

Saeriellyn

You sound like a kindred spirit then. :) I hope you'll go on to finish the series!

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25th May 2018, 10:43 AM

Guest

:) Yes, I do plan on reading the rest of the books. In fact, I have a copy of The Black Cauldron(the book, obviously) sitting on my bookshelf for when I finish TBOT! I'm quite excited.

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5th Jun 2018, 7:46 PM

Guest

I just finished The Book of Three today! I sat for ten or so minutes just staring at the book in admiration after I finished it, then took The Black Cauldron off of the shelf, and did the same thing, admiring the shiny cover, and Newbery Medal! *sigh* I was happy that I finished, but also sad, because the first adventure is over(but it will be there for me to re-read it!). Well, now I must go and continue to read The Black Cauldron! :)

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7th Jun 2018, 4:51 AM

Saeriellyn

Congratulations! The first step of a great journey has been completed! ;) I hope you love all the books as much!

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8th Jun 2018, 8:43 PM

Guest

I just finished The Castle of Llyr today(although the edition with the cover art by Jody Lee continues to elude me, but I shall find it someday!Hopefully...)! I started freaking out(in a good way)(I believe the proper term is fangirling?), and I shall be waiting patiently(there goes a harp string) for the next time that I can go down to a local book store(or library) to get Taran Wanderer! :)

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9th Jun 2018, 12:04 AM

Saeriellyn

Aww, I'm sorry, believe it or not I have had TWO copies of the Jody Lee CoL, because I buy the Chronicles in used bookstores whenever I find them, as I am always giving them away to people. In this case I was glad to find the spare, as my original novels are falling apart.

Wanderer is widely regarded as the most meaningful book in the series, though it usually takes a couple reads and life experience to appreciate it. It suffers from lack of Eilonwy, but otherwise is as good as you've come to expect by now.

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10th Jun 2018, 11:49 AM

Guest

Wow! You're lucky! But, yes, I plan on visiting every used book store in town to see if I can find ANY of her editions(I prefer her cover art of the series). :) I think that I can get a hold of Wanderer this Thursday, so I'm happy about that! Also, I'm quite excited, because I'm going to a medieval festival later this month, and I'm dressing as Eilonwy! :D

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23rd May 2018, 10:29 AM

Kristofilus

Aaaaand THERE IT IS. That was certainly a short wait! (giddy!)

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23rd May 2018, 3:02 PM

Saeriellyn

Haha! I'm guessing you mean those ship-bones on the horizon? It's funny that in all the discussion over the interaction of T/E and fawn-cuteness nobody has even mentioned that there's an ark sitting there. :)

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24th May 2018, 10:32 AM

Kristofilus

That mention in the novel piqued my interest as a kid (for some reason I was impressed I got the reference), and then later learning how the Great Flood story has surfaced (heh) in so many separate, far-reaching cultures. Even the Algonquins of Virginia told this story (instead of Noah, a great hare).

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24th May 2018, 10:57 AM

Saeriellyn

Quite fascinating indeed!

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5th Jun 2018, 9:55 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

The flood of the Black Sea (to a higher level) is an archaeologically provable event, and is fascinating to think about in the context of where flood myths are most prevalent.
There was a recession of glaciation between Europe and Asia and relatively warm Mediterranean water poured over the old Black Sea (which is why there's a toxic thermocline over the anoxic and poisonous depths) and it's been a boon for stone age underwater archaeology.
Also, Saeriellyn, could you easily repost that link to that fan fiction about the young lady of the party? I started reading it and got booted out and cannot find it in comments. Sorry to be a pain.

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6th Jun 2018, 12:14 AM

Saeriellyn

My pleasure, Honz; nearly all my fics are about that young lady so if you bookmark my profile you can't go wrong, but here's the one I suspect you mean: sunrise

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6th Jun 2018, 10:04 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

I believe the customary response is "squee"!
I shall stick with it.

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7th Jun 2018, 4:52 AM

Saeriellyn

I fear that 40 might be too old to squee, but I admit, I still do it.

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8th Jun 2018, 9:23 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

I am pushing fifty and am, to all appearances, paid or pro bono, a chap. I still squee. I'd say, "so sue me", but that's literally my job.

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24th May 2018, 9:49 PM

AmeliaP

Lovely Eilonwy ^^

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29th May 2018, 11:40 PM

Rob S. (Guest)

I love that expression on Taran's face when Eilonwy says that Achren never had any animals that would stay with her. It's like he realizes how much richer his life has been for their company, even if it required cleaning out stables and other chores.

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30th May 2018, 2:54 AM

Saeriellyn

That's exactly the idea! And also realizing, once again, how bleak her own life has been. If Achren is so horrible that even animals won't stick around...what's it been like to be trapped there? I love trying to convey thoughts like this with no more than his expressions.

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30th May 2018, 11:10 PM

CM (Guest)

I completely forgot about the slash on Taran's shoulder. That's gonna leave a nasty scar, dude.

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31st May 2018, 12:00 PM

mantis

You could attribute the crazy colors to Medwyn's valley being lush in a way that no other part of Prydain can be because of the magic that infuses it.

By the way, I've finished reading "Sunrise." I haven't been reviewing as I went along because I was mostly reading it on my iPhone, but waiting to type reviews until I had a chance to do it on my computer. There are a few songs I was reminded of while reading the parts with Fflewddur singing, and since I can't post links in FFNet reviews I thought I'd link them here, instead.

The Fruit of the Yew -- I have a feeling I might have mentioned this one to you before, but I don't recall when or where.

The March of Cambreadth, by Heather Alexander. Might be the single most unabashedly bloodthirsty war song I've ever heard.

Wander, My Friends by Bear McCreary, from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. The language is Irish Gaelic, which sounds pretty similar to Welsh to the ears of a monolingual Anglophone.

O'er the Hills and Far Away, English traditional ballad, as sung by John Tams in the "Sharpe's Rifles" BBC series.

The companions' misadventure with the pwca in Tylwyth Teg reminded me of a couple of songs by the filk duo Echo's Children, "Wedding Dance" and "Mortal Clay" (they also have one called "Pooka," inspired by a character in a roleplaying game). I can't find any recordings of them online, but the lyrics can be found here. However, I have mp3 files of all four of their CDs in a folder on Dropbox. It's funny: I've talked to you here, on FFNet, on DeviantArt, and on Facebook, but I don't have an actual e-mail address for you. If you'd care to send me one by PM, I'll give you access to my Dropbox music folder. :-)

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1st Jun 2018, 7:16 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

Very nice, the March of Cambreadth. Also try the Slovak national anthem, which I still have trouble not singing after the Czech one. We Czechs have a wishin' I were dodgin' the ol' draft classic from an opera that brings to mind not wanting to serve our long-haired Hapsburg overlords … the Slovaks have a refrain that keeps repeating that no one will ever keep 'em down.

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4th Jun 2018, 2:39 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

I forgot to praise your inclusion of the song from Sharpe's Rifles.
I'm less familiar with the show than the books (which I've nearly finished, save for Sharpe's Christmas which I am having difficulty locating in the library system), but it's hauntingly good even with the odd cinematographer's choice of framing and odd voicing. The books are a bit more brutal and less amusing than the Aubrey-Maturin series, but, by God, they're likely as good.

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3rd Jun 2018, 9:48 AM

JOS (Guest)

Nooooooo! I've reached the end of the line. Just discovered this and have been reading a chapter of the book, then your comic... but now I'll have to wait... and the project so far has been like two years. Wow. You should really contact the publishing rights owner for a contract, cause this is high quality stuff!

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3rd Jun 2018, 10:09 AM

Saeriellyn

Actually it is more like three years now, I think.

I'm so glad you are enjoying it! Unfortunately you've hit at a time when my updates get slowed down - summer scheduling makes it super hard for me to have any consistency. Keep checking back; I haven't abandoned it, just will put up new pages whenever I can.

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31st Aug 2018, 1:38 AM

Guest

YOU ARE AN A AMAZING ARTIST!!!!! The drawings and art work in this book is ineradicable! It is awesome to see some one take great care to bring a loved story, into art. Well done

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17th Apr 2020, 7:00 PM

Leader Dessler

That's what they need: Just some time together when the waves calm down and they are in a mood to tolerate each other. Probably it will not be permanent - but hey, that would be boring then, wouldn't it?

And there it is back - the Shadow, I mean. Even here. Your expansion on Alexander's briefness made me ponder the true significance of Eilonwy's seemingly casual words and Taran's strong reaction to them. I wondered if there was more to it than meets the eye. Will you bear with me when I specify my thoughts?

I may have a quibble with properly understanding the English language here (because it is not my native tongue), but do horses not qualify as pets? Not even foals? We know that Achren maintained stables. But apparently horses are indeed a different category, or so my dictionary suggests.

And what about cubs? It seems plausible that Achren would have raised a pack of hunting dogs. But if she did she will have made sure that they came out as ferocious as possible and Eilonwy would not have dared to come anywhere near them.

Finally it occurred to me that things may be much, much darker than that. What if Eilonwy means to imply Achren was so terrible that even the hunting dogs would desert her? Can you imagine dogs fleeing Spiral Castle when they get a chance on the hunting grounds?

This is such a scary image that I will leave the topic to my daughter. She has a passion for developing such disturbing (if not disturbed) fiction.

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17th Apr 2020, 8:53 PM

Saeriellyn

Those are good questions. I believe generally horses are considered service animals rather than pets, unless one is in a position to develop a significant relationship with one's horse via long experience. For example, Gwydion would consider Melyngar a companion just as Taran will come to think of Melynlas, and eventually Eilonwy probably looks upon Lluagor this way. But for the time she's at Spiral Castle I don't know that Achren would consider horsemanship an important enough skill to have her spend a lot of time with the horses, even if she's done some limited riding out of necessity.

They might well have hounds for hunting or guarding purposes, but my guess is that the training and handling of such is not something Eilonwy would have been involved with. That would have fallen squarely into the domain of "men's work" around the castle, employed for practicality, not for companionship or recreation. And I think that Achren would have kept Eilonwy well away from the men in her employ, for the girl's own safety (though probably not from altruistic reasons as much as practical or even sinister ones on Achren's part).

Eilonwy does mention there are ravens around that Achren feeds dead prisoners to - lovely - so presumably they aren't pets but her minions.

I like to think she might have befriended a rat or two in the dungeons, just for having the sake of companionship, but if Achren's so nasty even the rats desert the castle, then it staggers the imagination.

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18th Apr 2020, 7:14 AM

Leader Dessler

Good point: I had forgotten about the ravens!

Well, Eilonwy went wherever she deemed fit, with or without Achren's consent, though she will of course have stayed clear of her henchmen and only slipped into the stables when she was sure to be alone with the horses. And she seems to have a way with beasts that suggests some previous experience. Note how she showed pity for Gurgi at once: She differentiated him clearly from anything that Achren may or may not have bred.

(It's a pity that Alexander expanded so little on her previous story. With her, there are so many chances not taken to deeper explore her character!)

(I have to stop this or my ramblings will turn into fanfic.)

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18th Apr 2020, 11:58 AM

Saeriellyn

I think the story you are looking for is here. :)

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18th Apr 2020, 6:01 PM

Leader Dessler

I will read it, I promise! But first I want to catch up with your comic!

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