The Book of Three

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

Chapter 16 page 15

posted 30th Aug 2021, 5:28 PM

Chapter 16 page 15
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30th Aug 2021, 5:28 PM

Saeriellyn

I love Doli's implied assertion that only idiots don't know that holding your breath is how you turn invisible. Like, duh, you morons.

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30th Aug 2021, 5:51 PM

felixp7

Welcome back!

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30th Aug 2021, 7:35 PM

Saeriellyn

Thank you!

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30th Aug 2021, 5:58 PM

Smoit (Guest)

Once again, excellent work! Ahh, good old Doli, he's one of my favorites along with Fflewddur Fflam and Gurgi... And of course Taran. Heck, I'm hard-pressed to find a character I dislike. It's like that with LOTR, too, both books are exceptionally well-written.
Oh, one literary to another, do you know of any agent looking for fantasy works? I do apologize, I really came here to congratulate you for a job well done yet again. Thank you so much for this wonderful comic, and God bless you!

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30th Aug 2021, 7:37 PM

Saeriellyn

Thanks so much! I appreciate the encouragement more than you know.

I don’t know any agents, I’m afraid; I’ve not used or sought one yet myself so I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Best of luck to you in your endeavors!

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2nd Sep 2021, 5:04 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

Maybe go another way and reach out to authors known to help fellow writers, like Jim Butcher, George Martin, the Greene brothers (go Indian Springs High School!), and Jeff Lindsey? The speak at conventions and such, and Dragon Con is soon and has a virtual attendance option.
Or ask your old college professors and reach out to your alumni association? That's what those are for, after all.

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30th Aug 2021, 6:38 PM

sailor mars

Following Gurgi's reactions through the panels you can see he's so done with Doli.

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30th Aug 2021, 7:16 PM

Thracecius

I have to admit, Gurgi and Doli have the standout expressions these past two pages, which is wonderful. :) Gurgi sort of reminds me of a guy I used to know, who has/had Aspbergers, and when a friend and I were arguing about some stupid board game rule, he just left the room. He wasn't upset, or embarrassed, he just tuned us out and waited until we were done being inconsiderate jerks. I actually admired that about him and apologized to him afterward, which he thought was equally odd, but it made me feel slightly better.

Anyhow, another great page, as I anticipated. :)

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30th Aug 2021, 7:39 PM

Saeriellyn

Lol you know, it’s not the worst analogy, to think of him as someone for whom the typical social interactions are sort of mysterious and nonsensical. He’s just getting along with the practical needs here; let these oddballs around him work it out.

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30th Aug 2021, 7:10 PM

Skyboy91

😄😄😄

Yeah, and I remember that when I was kid I had no idea what "footing arrows" meant...so I had to go look it up somewhere. Only in those pre-Google dark ages, that took some effort. 😬

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30th Aug 2021, 7:40 PM

Saeriellyn

I didn’t know what it meant either! Thankful for google.

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31st Aug 2021, 12:49 AM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

I suppose "footed" is the same as "fletched"?

Doli manages in one sentence to brag about three delicate skills at least two of which would be exotic among humans.

It's like he's interviewing for a job.

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31st Aug 2021, 1:27 AM

Skyboy91

Fletching is the feathers; the footing is actually a stronger heavier piece that connects to the front of the shaft and the head connects to it. My guess is that the name comes from giving the head a solid footing on to the shaft.

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1st Sep 2021, 1:44 AM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

Thank you, sir. I never thought much before about that connection; I've seen illustrations of flint arrowheads tied betwixt a shaft split at the end, but that's not a method lending itself to consistent aerodynamics.

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30th Aug 2021, 7:24 PM

Thracecius

I would imagine that, when you're as long lived as the Fae tend to be, it's even harder to relate to mortals on things that you take for granted. I don't recall Doli's arc from the stories, or much of anything to be honest (time will do that to memory unless it is refreshed from time to time), but I would imagine he learns a little gratitude and humility by the end of it, which is my vaguest recollection of when he does actually manage to become invisible.

Doli may be an irascible, petulant and unreasonable Fae, but at least he's a sympathetic and lovable one. :)

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30th Aug 2021, 7:45 PM

Saeriellyn

Well, he does have some humility by the end of this book, in the form of respect for his human companions, and in subsequent books we know that he’s totally disgusted with the physical discomfort of invisibility, which is played less like a character arc and more like an underscoring of Alexander’s themes about magic never being everything it’s cracked up to be. Doli doesn’t have all that much of an arc - he’s always a grouch, he just goes from being grouchy and anti-human to grouchy and loyal to humans, or at least to Taran and co, and that loyalty wins Taran some important alliances among the Fair Folk that turn the tides several times through the story. In the end I think Doli serves as a sort of diplomatic go-between and is foreshadowing of the healing of rifts that Taran’s eventual destiny will bring, but as a character he isn’t developed a whole lot beyond book one.

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30th Aug 2021, 11:20 PM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

I think Eilonwy wants Doli to be invisible (and silent) even more than Doli does.

Gurgi was about to let the fire go out and then decided Doli was less important.

Is invisibility an approach-avoidance conflict for Doli? Invisibility is a power... the power to be ignored.

Thank you for the beautiful update. I'm holding my breath until the next one.

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31st Aug 2021, 11:38 AM

Saeriellyn

In my Eilonwy-pov version of this book I do have her loudly expressing a wish that the dwarf would achieve permanent invisibility at some point, along with musing that his holding his breath forever might not be so bad. She really has no patience whatsoever for his drama at this point.

But please do not hold yours! I cannot promise either swift reward or invisibility powers!

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31st Aug 2021, 5:28 AM

krblack42

"What does it look like?" is such a great line under the circumstances.

I have missed the updates and I'm glad you have been able to find time to get back to work! Your take on these scenes is always a joy to behold.

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31st Aug 2021, 11:39 AM

Saeriellyn

Thank you, I’m so glad to have gotten a couple out with a little more speed!

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31st Aug 2021, 5:30 PM

NotTheHarp (Guest)

From all small changing details between panels 2 and 3 i like the disappearance of Hen-Wen most!

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31st Aug 2021, 7:07 PM

Saeriellyn

Hen Wen is too busy foraging to pay attention to Doli.

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31st Aug 2021, 7:24 PM

Peter Wulfdane

Beautiful page again, as always! And good ol' Doli...heh. :)

By the way, is it just me or is the sky in the last panel a sickly brown color...or is that a ridge or hill? I couldn't really tell for sure.

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31st Aug 2021, 7:32 PM

Saeriellyn

Yeah that’s just a distant hill behind them.

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31st Aug 2021, 9:37 PM

Rob S. (Guest)

I love Gurgi's expression in panel 3. Like he's suddenly realizing that he's no longer the most ridiculous member of the party...and he's not sure how he feels about that.

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2nd Sep 2021, 12:56 PM

Saeriellyn

lol I thought of it as like "um, this is weird, but I realize some things are beyond me. Let me check in with the humans to see if they also think it is weird. Ok. Yeah. It's weird."

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1st Sep 2021, 1:35 AM

PumpkinheadPie.com (Guest)

I just noticed Doli has lower canine teeth that would make an upside-down vampire weep with envy.

One advantage of having an erratic/non-existent update schedule for an awesome comic is that people will look at details while waiting for the rain to fall.

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2nd Sep 2021, 12:57 PM

Saeriellyn

Just don't start pointing out my inconsistencies though haha

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1st Sep 2021, 4:13 AM

Prydainian Aphmau Reader (Guest)

Ah yes. I like this part because if nothing else, it tells the party (and the reader) why Doli is annoyed about life and this trip, even if many of his complaints don't make sense to other people there. It's the first bit of insight into who Doli really is and how he thinks, before this all we know is he's grumpy, mostly refuses to talk, and has a weird, annoying habit of

And not to spoil for others who may not have read the source material for this, but the line that comes up where Eilonwy says something along the lines of "it isn't that bad to have to do all of those things because at least you know you're good at them" is actually an insight into Eilonwy's character as well because she has the opposite problem. During this she probably has for the most part felt like she can't do much helpful stuff and doesn't have much to offer to everyone else.

(Yeah, I probably should've waited for the appropriate page to say the second paragraph but I'll probably forget when that happens so I'll comment it here)

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2nd Sep 2021, 1:02 PM

Saeriellyn

This is a great insight, except that it's actually Taran who says that line! In his case it's still a good character tell - he's envious of Doli's skills because all those things contribute to a sense of identity he doesn't have. He fails to realize that Doli's yearning for something that is beyond him is quite similar to his own unfulfilled longings of glory.

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17th Sep 2021, 4:18 PM

Prydainian Aphmau Reader (Guest)

Oh whoops! It's been a bit since I read the books, but I agree, it makes even more sense for Taran to say that. Alexander knew what he was doing.

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1st Sep 2021, 4:53 PM

CM (Guest)

I love the way you’ve given Doli those bulging eyes, as if perpetually enflamed with pressure from holding his breath and trying to turn invisible! It’s the subtle characterization you pay attention to that keeps me coming back (among other things). And is E smiling with knowing, humorous indulgence or with sympathy or a bit of both??

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2nd Sep 2021, 1:00 PM

Saeriellyn

I think Eilonwy's smile is scornful amusement, but you can interpret it however you like. ;) Good observation on Doli's bulging eyes -I just find them funny, but that's a great reasoning behind it.

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2nd Sep 2021, 3:26 AM

Candralar

It must be so hard for Doli to have to travel with this pack of fools who aren't even aware that holding your breath allows you to turn invisible!

As always another great update!

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2nd Sep 2021, 12:59 PM

Saeriellyn

He's a martyr for the cause indeed!

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2nd Sep 2021, 5:00 PM

Honzinator (Guest)

Dude, context! Also, how insulting to other can you be when claiming they've insulted you?
Good ol' Doli. What a sweet wee lad.

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2nd Sep 2021, 9:02 PM

Saeriellyn

Lol he’s blind to his flaws - like many of us.

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2nd Sep 2021, 7:00 PM

Vetch (Guest)

Good O' Doli!

I like how Gurgi is getting his fire going. After all this is his job from now on.

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2nd Sep 2021, 9:02 PM

Saeriellyn

Yes! Gurgi takes his responsibility seriously!

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2nd Sep 2021, 8:57 PM

LC (Guest)

I'd this the first appearance of "good ol' Doli"?

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2nd Sep 2021, 9:01 PM

Saeriellyn

Not at all; he’s been present since Eiddileg’s throne room, how did you miss that?

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3rd Sep 2021, 10:58 AM

NotTheHarp (Guest)

LC is right here, this is the first, and certainly not the last time the phrase 'good old Doli' is used. He started it himself!

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3rd Sep 2021, 11:06 AM

Saeriellyn

Ahhhh, I gotcha, the phrase itself! Sheesh, sorry, the brain fog is taking over lol.

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4th Sep 2021, 10:37 AM

NotTheHarp (Guest)

Brain fog is the new cool, I noticed I managed to somehow publish the comment of this chapeter here as wel as on the previous chapter....coffee is the healer (temporarily!)

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2nd Sep 2021, 9:36 PM

Baileeeyz (Guest)

Oh boi like I need to start 4th book but I decided to check if you added new page and here it is! I love your comic so much. The Chronicles of Prydain is my favourite book series and it is so cool to know someone else also enjoyed it too. Even cooler is seeing a beautiful comic like yours!

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3rd Sep 2021, 1:07 AM

Saeriellyn

Thank you so much for visiting! Get going on Book 4 so you can finish the series!

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3rd Sep 2021, 4:10 PM

Heart of the Heroes, Ride (Guest)

Taran and Eilonwy are quietly creeping toward Done. Fflewddur, less quick on the uptake, is just concerned.

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5th Sep 2021, 6:46 PM

Saeriellyn

LOL well you know Fflewddur; he's intimately acquainted with reaching beyond one's abilities and just wants to be encouraging.

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4th Sep 2021, 5:17 PM

Leader Dessler

Wait, are these Elvish runes on Doli's cap in frame 4? Probably they read "YOU WILL NOT BE UNSEEN" in Ancient Quenya. *gr*

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5th Sep 2021, 6:47 PM

Saeriellyn

You're right, this is EXACTLY what they say. ;)

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10th Sep 2021, 6:00 PM

Highcastle of Geek

I love Doli's facial expressions here. They capture his personality perfectly.

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14th Oct 2021, 4:29 PM

WN (Guest)

I Know its October but I've been checking this page for the last several months and glad to see two new pages up! I first discovered this last April while reading the Book of Three and I read this along with the book, finishing The Book of Three around the same time as the last page of this comic was published. I finished the rest of the series in about two weeks and really loved it. The artwork here is good and I enjoyed seeing some scenes reimagined and brought to life. I can also appreciate the Taran-Eilonwy scenes as I always loved their relationship, and was disappointed that Lloyd Alexander didn't show more of them bonding with each other instead of always arguing.

My only "complaint" is that Eilonwy seems a bit out of character compared to her book counterpart (this always nags me in movies and Fanfiction, so don't take it personally) but you were honest about the direction you were taking her character in from the start and I can appreciate the changes as poetic license on your part.
However, I love the insights you give to Taran's character that really show his mindset and help us understand him better instead of writing him off as a jerk, especially in the first book.

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14th Oct 2021, 5:00 PM

Saeriellyn

Yay! Thanks so much for reading and I am so glad you’ve been enjoying this! I apologize for how slowly I update anymore…life has changed a lot from the days I used to crank out two or three pages a week, but I am determined to finish this book.

Now you’ve got me all curious about how you interpret Eilonwy - do you see her as “off” here in the comic or in my other fanwork? Obviously I’ve got my own take on her that I believe is supported by the text, but that comes out mostly in my fanfiction and I try to stay quite true to the book here (with the occasional license - it is sometimes more efficient to tweak her dialog). But we all bring something different to a story, and mine is not the only valid point of view. I’d love to hear more about how you see her! Feel free to chime in anytime.

Well met and welcome to the fandom!

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28th Oct 2021, 5:57 PM

Thracecius

I'm late to to the party, as usual, but what a party it is to see this page. These are the sort of moments that really solidify Taran's true nature, as CM so aptly stated and others alluded to in their comments. The best part about Taran's approach is that it is entirely truthful, it really is impressive that Doli can do all of those things well, so really the only thing lacking from his experience is gratitude for his labors and perhaps a need to change his perspective.

Sometimes people are too self-absorbed to express thanks for your help, but there are also people who do really appreciate it and are used to your work being so consistently good that they come to expect it, which is why the sought you out in the first place. In those cases, sometimes a gentle reminder helps them realize that a few words of thanks make all the difference in the world, especially if the recipient isn't aware of how highly you regard their labors. This is how you engender loyalty and respect from people, even if on the surface it doesn't appear that you notice them.

Kindness is an essential trait for a good leader, and I think it's deftly handled by Alexander throughout the series with characters such as Fflewddur, who plays a key role in Taran's development as a young man who is destined to be High King. Patience is also an essential trait, which is one reason Eilwony is such a good pairing for Taran, because though she can be stubborn and abrasive at times, her intelligence and insight are worth the frustration and his learning to work with her, romance aspect aside, is good training for the serious responsibilities that await his future self. And Gurgi, the simple, lovable and somewhat disaster prone companion, is a reminder that sometimes you need to have the faith of a child (or a dog) to see you through the hard times.

Beautiful work as always, Saeriellyn. Words of thanks are not really enough to express my gratitude for you sharing your labors so readily, but until such time as I find a more meaningful approach, they will have to suffice. So, thank you, once again, for sharing your art and storytelling expertise and letting a middle-aged man revel in a small, but happy, memory of his childhood.

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2nd Nov 2021, 11:54 AM

Saeriellyn

Your words are always insightful, moving, and encouraging, and that is all more than enough, my friend. Thanks as always for taking so much thoughtful time to express yourself. For all the years I've hobbled along on this project, as much as I love it, it's the affirmation of like minds that keeps me doing something I think I would have burned out on a long time ago.

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2nd Nov 2021, 10:46 PM

Thracecius

And somehow my comment ended up on the wrong page, I actually meant to post it on the next one. Go figure. :)

Also, you're welcome. :)

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