Yes that would be two pages in two days YOU ARE WELCOME.
Fantastic, Thank You! And great pages they are too. I really like the scene from the perspective of the ark.
Yes that's my favorite in this page - mainly bc after like six pages of Medwyn and Taran being talking heads, I'm hunting desperately for alternative perspectives, and this one was such an obvious, easy one.
"Kid, you may never see your home and your parental figures again. I wouldn't worry about it." Can you tell Medwyn isn't really used to dealing with humans?
Beautiful page. You're really cranking them out! I appreciate it.
I hate that I got so far behind. Between projects now and really want to get through this scene.
I think Medwyn is a real live in the moment type. Rather like the animals. It's one of the things that makes him commune so well with them.
You've got a family and other responsibilities … I am thrilled you do any of this at all.
Thank you. :) This is my break from my responsibilities, though, not an added stress. The only time it gives me any negativity is when other parts of life are making me depressed and then I am upset about my lack of energy to pursue this project. That was the case for the last couple of months and now I am climbing out of it.
When you guys see me pumping out pages, you can know that my life is going very well. It's when long unexplained silences occur that I'm probably struggling with something.
Seconded. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.
Medwyn be channeling some serious Gandalf here.
You've done such a good job with this chapter. I feel like Medwyn is an underrated mentor for Taran. Maybe not as significant as Dalben, Gwydion, or a couple others, but he definitely plays a big role in his life and character arc. You've done great bringing that to life here.
Thank you! There’s a lot to unpack with Medwyn in a short time frame, and I wish it had more action than it does, but I’ve done my best with it!
I always enjoyed this part of the book. In addition to Taran learning a bit more it is also such a great world building sequence as well. There is history and myths beyond the scope of this story. Alexander does a great job of giving the reader just enough to be able to fill in some blanks but also leaving some mystery for the imagination.
Very true! I love those little hints at a fully developed world beyond the immediate setting. It grounds the story so well.
The deer in that page looks lovely! I love your work and I hope you can do more great pages like this one in the future.
Thank you so much. :)
It should be noted that, although Medwyn dodges the question here, "The Foundling", the short story collection that was the last book Lloyd Alexander wrote about Prydain, confirms that he IS Nevydd Nav Neivion. This raises the question of why he feels he has to keep his identity a secret.
Really, Medwyn is interesting in that while only appears in two books of the series, there are several questions about him that Alexander never answered: 1) How is that he's lived all these centuries without aging further or passing away? 2) How and why can he talk to animals? 3) Why did he change his name from Nevydd Nav Neivion to Medywn? (Fanfic authors can have a field day with stuff like this.)
They certainly could, though I’ve not personally felt the need to tackle the subject. I’ve got my hands too full with Taran and Eilonwy, and occasionally Fflewddur et al; I am content to let Medwyn be a mystery.
I understand Medwyn this way that the name was attributed to him by others; he did not chose it. It means "Strong Friend" and as such is rather an epithet referring to his love for wildlife (more Radagast than Gandalf, actually).
"It is not given to men to know the ends of their journeys".
This is pretty much a strip rip-off of Tolstoy. Alexander was not the simple Tolkien imitator that some take him for.
All the greats borrow from one another. This is where we get the phrase “steal like an artist”.
Indeed. I once read (can't remember where now) that every one of Shakespeare's stories was taken from earlier Italian literature - and these no doubt were copies of copies of copies.
There are obvious borrowings from Tolkien in the Chronicles of Prydain, but I think George MacDonald was a deeper influence, if perhaps indirectly. LotR isn't really a Bildungsroman and the religious influence is more theatrical than personal.
MacDonald? That's an interesting comparison. Which of his works do you think might have influenced? I've read several but I don't get much of a feel of similarity to the Prydain cycle, except possibly in The Princess and Curdie.