The Foundling: And Other Tales of Prydain (The Chronicles of Prydain)

By Lloyd Alexander

A better half publication to The Chronicles of Prydain, this selection of brief tales revisits loved characters and divulges extra concerning the heritage of the paranormal land of Prydain.

Here, readers will locate Dallben, destined to be an enchanter; Angharad, a princess of the home of Llyr; Kadwyr, the rascal crow; and Medwyn, the magical protector of all animals. they're going to study the bleak background of the sword of Dyrnwyn or even learn the way Fflewddur Fflam got here by way of his enchanted harp. How did Coll rescue chicken Wen while she disappeared on the hand of Arawn, Lord of the Land of dying? find the solution to this question and plenty of extra, in The Foundling: And different stories of Prydain by way of Lloyd Alexander.

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Garbed within the skins of slain animals, an extended knife at his belt, a bow and quiver of arrows slung over his shoulder, the hunter had come so stealthily that Kadwyr scarcely had a second to assemble his wits. The hunter flung out a internet so robust and finely woven that when stuck in it, no creature may well wish to fight loose. yet Kadwyr’s eye was once faster than the hunter’s snare. With a taunting cackle the crow hopped into the air, flapped his wings, and flew from the department to perch greater within the tree, the place he peered down and overtly waggled his tailfeathers. Leaving his internet, with a snarl of anger the hunter unslung his bow, outfitted an arrow to the string, and despatched the shaft hissing instantly for the crow. Chuckling, Kadwyr fluttered his wings and sailed out of the trail of the dashing arrow; then grew to become again to bop within the air in entrance of the livid hunter, who drew the bow time and again. Swooping and hovering, the crow dodged each shaft. Seeing the hunter’s quiver nearly empty, Kadwyr grew even bolder, gliding nearer, circling past succeed in, then swooping again to liven the sport back. Gnashing his the teeth on the elusive prey, the hunter struck out wildly, attempting to grab the nimble crow. Kadwyr sped away. As he flew, he grew to become his head in a backward look to jeer at his defeated pursuer. In that heedless speedy, the crow collided with a tree trunk. shocked, Kadwyr plummeted to the floor. The hunter ran towards him. Kadwyr croaked in soreness as he strove to fly to defense. yet his wing hung lifeless at his aspect, damaged. Breathless, Kadwyr scrambled into the timber. The hunter plunged after him. Earthbound and wounded, Kadwyr begun wishing he had now not been so speedy to show down protect from the squirrels and beavers. With the hunter gaining on him, the crow gladly could have squeezed into any tunnel, or burrow, or rabbit gap he may perhaps locate. yet all have been sealed, blocked, and barred with stones and twigs. Dragging his wing, the crow skittered during the underbrush. His spindly legs have been ill-suited to working, and he longed for the swiftness of the hare. He stumbled and went sprawling. An arrow buried itself within the floor beside him. The hunter drew his bow. although this was once his pursuer’s final arrow, Kadwyr knew himself a hopeless objective. just a couple of paces away, the hunter took objective. an analogous immediate, a cloud of airborne dirt and dust got here whirling in the course of the timber. anticipating in one other second to be skewered, Kadwyr now observed the hunter fling up his fingers and drop his bow. The arrow clattered harmlessly into the leaves. subsequent, Kadwyr was once certain his opponent had misplaced his wits. Roaring with ache, the hunter waved his fingers and beat his arms opposed to his face, attempting to fend off the cloud humming approximately his head and shoulders. The host of gnats swarmed over the raging hunter, darted into his ears and eyes, streamed up his nostril and out his mouth. The extra the hunter swept away the tiny creatures, the extra they set upon him. “Gwybeddin! ” burst out the crow as one of many swarm broke from the cloud and lit on his beak. “Thank you for my lifestyles!

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