chapter Fourteen page nine

posted 26th Jun 2019, 6:55 PM

chapter Fourteen page nine
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26th Jun 2019, 6:55 PM

Saeriellyn

This page breaks my heart...all the more since I'm currently writing my own novel about Eilonwy's parents. Paired with some appropriate music and it literally made me cry WHILE I WAS DRAWING.

Another one that really needs a soundtrack, which you can listen to by opening this link in its own window.

btw, there is no update schedule in the summer. I post when I'm done. You'll just have to keep checking. :)

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26th Jun 2019, 8:24 PM

Ragnar_Deerslayer

Oh my. I was really not expecting a gut punch like this. Having read your fanfic, I immediately knew what was going on (although it should be clear even to someone who hasn't read it). Anyway, a ton of emotions just crashed down on me and I wasn't even expecting to see an update when I checked your page.

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26th Jun 2019, 9:07 PM

Saeriellyn

Awww, you're reading? Thank you! I can't tell you how much I love writing this one. I'm such a sap. Taran/Eilonwy will always be my OTP but Geraint/Angharad are giving them a real run for the money right now.

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28th Jun 2019, 3:18 PM

Kogarashi

I haven't read your fanfic (you have a fanfic? Where?), but do still know enough about Geraint and Angharad to similarly feel gut-punched from this page. Very well done (and I love how their faces are always just off-panel. Reflecting Eilonwy's minimal memories of them, I assume, since she was abducted by Achren when she was little?).

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28th Jun 2019, 3:37 PM

Saeriellyn

Oh lord I write Prydain fanfic almost as prolifically as I create art. I’ve got loads, but my WIP Geraint/Angharad story is Here.

It’s long, and slowly- updating, but meanwhile check out my profile over there if you’re a fic reader. It’ll keep you busy for a while.

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28th Jun 2019, 3:38 PM

Saeriellyn

And you assume correctly, of course - sorry, got so keyed up about fic I forgot to finish answering. XD

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30th Jun 2019, 2:43 AM

Kogarashi

Awesome, thanks for the link (and replies). :)

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26th Jun 2019, 8:57 PM

Rob S.

Oh, man, these pages are really wonderful... especially this one. I love how you keep Eilonwy's parents' faces out of frame. It really gives us a sense of how distant she feels from them now. Even in memory, they're more of a presence than a person.

(And welcome back!)

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26th Jun 2019, 9:08 PM

Saeriellyn

Symbolizing that she's really pulling up vague images rather than clear memories - though nothing would make me happier than drawing her parents. Once I finish writing my story about them I might turn it into its own comic.

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26th Jun 2019, 11:39 PM

BUMBLEBEE

Sing me back home!

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27th Jun 2019, 1:39 AM

Saeriellyn

Music will do it every time!

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26th Jun 2019, 11:53 PM

Guest

I have to reread my copy of The Foundling to understand this one!

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27th Jun 2019, 1:42 AM

Saeriellyn

Read The True Enchanter, and then go read this: Clicky!

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27th Jun 2019, 5:47 PM

krblack42

'Tis me. Thank you, I will add it to my list.

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27th Jun 2019, 1:35 AM

Rick Ellrod

Beautiful, Dawn.

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27th Jun 2019, 1:42 AM

Saeriellyn

Thank you Rick!

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27th Jun 2019, 3:36 AM

CA

Definitely one of your best pages, such vivid detail! I thought you might be linking this to your ongoing story, which I've been following and am curious to see where it goes. The series sets-up well for additional expansion and adaptation without breaking cannon, and I'm glad you've been able to do so in a number of different media.

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27th Jun 2019, 8:51 AM

Saeriellyn

Another reader! I’m so glad to hear it - hope it does not disappoint.

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27th Jun 2019, 7:31 AM

Anonymous

I suppose the woman holding baby Eilonwy is Angharad and the man behind her is Geriant. Pardon me, I’ve never seen them depicted visually before.

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27th Jun 2019, 8:51 AM

Saeriellyn

Correct! Of course we aren’t given any physical description of Geraint besides the blue eyes he passes on to his daughter, but he’s firmly established in my mind after years of plotting their story.

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27th Jun 2019, 7:33 AM

Anonymous

Also, for someone who has no schedule, for the last two days you have been working extremely quickly.

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27th Jun 2019, 8:49 AM

Saeriellyn

I have been neglecting all else. We will not discuss the state of my house or children at the moment.

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27th Jun 2019, 1:52 PM

LMS

Poor Eilonwy. I'm trying to remember if Alexander ever specifies how young she was when she'd lost both her parents. She has clear memories of Llyr, of what people call the waves there, and what it really means, but I feel like she can't have been more than four-ish when she was taken away and into a nightmare, and probably younger. You certainly give this page the feel of a discovered memory.

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27th Jun 2019, 1:57 PM

Saeriellyn

He doesn’t really, and it’s somewhat confusing, since Morda describes Angharad as begging for help in searching for her “infant” daughter. My personal interpretation is that A is delirious at that point and not quite coherent, since we do have Eilonwy’s vague memories of being at the seaside and being told at least a little of Llyrian lore, and an infant/toddler wouldn’t have those memories. Moreover she is still too “whole” to have been in Achren’s dubious care for the most formative years of her life. So I’ve always thought she must be around four or five at her kidnapping.

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27th Jun 2019, 5:47 PM

krblack42

Also, Morda.

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22nd Jul 2019, 3:31 PM

Heart of the Heroes, Ride

"Infant" is a somewhat broader term in British English, for what that's worth. The ceiling is at age five or six.

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22nd Jul 2019, 3:54 PM

Saeriellyn

Good to know. I feel vindicated. :)

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27th Jun 2019, 6:21 PM

RhymesoftheRenegades

THEY'RE RISING TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE RED BULL!!

Can anyone name that fantasy reference?

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27th Jun 2019, 6:23 PM

Saeriellyn

Oh man I haven’t read TLU in years. My first “Red Bull” reference thought was the drink, haha.

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28th Jun 2019, 3:32 PM

Kogarashi

Funnily enough, while I was very familiar with the film (one of the earliest ones I ever watched as a kid, when I was 3 or 4), I never read the book until I got to college and my roommate had a copy. Like the Neverending Story, I didn't even know it was a book for the longest time.

Meanwhile, I've been a Prydain fan ever since a book order couldn't fill the four books I did want, so substituted them with four other random ones from the same or similar genre and thus gave me The Black Cauldron (plus Doctor Dolittle and two others I don't recall at this point).

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12th Jul 2019, 1:16 PM

Honzinator

I saw the film in 1983, and immediately went out and found a paperback version, which puzzled me, as I was 13 at the time. Good stuff. I loved, most of all, the film's amorous old crone of a tree.

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12th Jul 2019, 1:18 PM

Saeriellyn

You talking about the cleavage scene with Fflewddur and Orwen? Cringe-inducing. I break out in hives at the thought.

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9th Aug 2019, 8:19 AM

mantis

No, I'm pretty sure Honz was referring to this scene from The Last Unicorn -- Schmendrick is tied to a tree by bandits, and the spell he casts in an attempt to free himself animates the tree instead.

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2nd Jul 2019, 2:15 AM

Skyboy91

Showing my age I guess...I had to Google what "OTP" means. Another brilliant and
beautiful page and thanks for the links to the "fanfic." (That one was relatively easy to figure out...)... :-)

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3rd Jul 2019, 2:54 AM

CM

Gorgeous page!

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12th Jul 2019, 1:24 PM

Honzinator

She is, and has long been my favourite character. I've gotten to the last book of the series (thanks to you) and despite the constant kvetching on Goodreads about Alexander's supposed misogyny or Eilonwy's having been repeatedly slighted, she is described as just about as perfect as a seemingly daft chatterbox designed to be irritating to a middle school boy could be. If King Flam doesn't get rabid "defenders", she shouldn't either. Plus the books are so Taran centered that OF COURSE he misses the point repeatedly. It's how we see his depth. You've consistently grasped that, and it's one reason I understand the books better than I otherwise would, had I even read them (I owned them, in the expectation I'd read them to my daughter, but my mother-in-law intervened - at least I got Narnia in).

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12th Jul 2019, 1:28 PM

Saeriellyn

Oh, internet. I'm so done with the misguided craptalk about Eilonwy, which stems from a surface reading of the material through a knee-jerk offendedfeminist lens that completely fails to grasp the depth of her character and the fact that even today her arc is absolutely, totally empowering.

I have an essay in me that's been brewing for a long time about this, and I need to just sit down and get it out.

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13th Jul 2019, 1:18 AM

Skye

I look forward to reading that. (Also I love this page, great way to do a flashback.) It has been close to 30 years since I read them but I think I would like to go back and re-read the Westmark series now that I have a more solid literary background overall and see what parallels exist between Theo/ Taran and Mickle/ Eilonwy. The most obvious that both series are a bildungsroman for all four.
(Also I always liked Count Las Bombas, such a roguish "heart of gold" scoundrel... once charged with the Salamanca Lancers...or so I've heard.)

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9th Aug 2019, 8:44 AM

mantis

I discussed the similarities and differences between Taran/Eilonwy and Theo/Mickle some in the comments to Chapter Eleven, Page 3, and also the comments to this illustration on Saeriellyn's DeviantArt page; search the respective pages for "Theo" and you'll find the relevant comments.

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16th Jul 2019, 6:30 PM

Thracecius

What? How could one read Eilonwy's character and think that she is anything less than a fully developed character? She's the co-star of the show, so to speak, so how could she be anything less?

Sign me up to read your essay when it's available. Your art and writing are enviable talents that you skillfully display on every occasion, so thank you for sharing them.

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17th Jul 2019, 12:49 PM

Saeriellyn

The kerfuffle revolves around the way she sort of fades into the background in the last several books - SPOILER ALERT: in CoL she's absent for much of the story and then is forced to give up use of her powers (and in feministthought this is seen as giving up her agency); she's entirely gone from TW, and then in THK she seems a little less rebellious than she used to be, and by the end gives up her chance at immortality in order to stay with Taran (again, in femthought: SHE GAVE IT ALL UP FOR A MAN. TEH HORROR) There's also some kvetching about Dorath's attempted assault, which was, granted, a terrible thing for Lloyd to do to her, but perfectly realistic for his character and a crucial scene for the stakes in that chapter.

Again, on the surface, this all could be pretty damning. But the critics typically fail to take into account that literally every single character of note in these books makes similar sacrifices, none more than Taran himself...gee, it's almost like it's a THEME or something, and certainly not limited to Eilonwy and the fact that she is female. As for her not being present for a good chunk of the series, nobody misses her more than I except Taran himself, but it's his story, and any astute reader can see why it's necessary. I could go on and on here, but...I'll save it for the essay.

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19th Jul 2019, 6:41 PM

Thracecius

I appreciate your take on it, because try as I might, I can't quite twist my mind far enough for any of what you outlined make any rational sense. Life is not magical fairy time and "no man is an insland unto himself", and that quote/paraphrasing doesn't *just* mean men, it means all Humankind.

It's rather like the people who say the US Bill of Rights and Constitution ignore the rights of women, Native Americans, African Americans and so forth. They *completely* neglect, or more likely ignore, to take into consideration that, in the language of the period, the use of the term "Men" in that context, particularly when capitalized, means *all* humankind. You don't need to label and categorize people when you are referring to the entire human race, which is their favorite ploy for rousing anger and dividing in people. It's enough to drive a rational person to despair for the future of humanity sometimes.

Anyhow, you excel in expressing yourself in art an writing, so I am keen on reading what you write, whenever that may be.

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12th Jul 2019, 1:25 PM

Honzinator

My first thought was the horses, and Tolkien's added riverine touch by Gandalf, and my second was pity that there were only three, instead of "four white horses", like Fezzik's find in The Princess Bride.

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17th Jul 2019, 12:51 PM

Saeriellyn

...when you wake, you shall have...AAAAALLLL the pretty little horses....

Three is a magic number in celtic lore, you know.

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22nd Jul 2019, 3:32 PM

Heart of the Heroes, Ride

Agh! This page!

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