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The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set (The Chronicles of Prydain #1-5)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  4,849 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
Millions of young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his lively companions as they journey through the magical land of Prydain. First published more than thirty years ago and translated into twenty different languages, Lloyd Alexander's beloved series has become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. ...more
Paperback, 1104 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Square Fish (first published October 12th 1989)
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Shane I read these books when I was around 8. I was an early reader. They were wonderful. Usually when I read books I forget the names of the characters a…moreI read these books when I was around 8. I was an early reader. They were wonderful. Usually when I read books I forget the names of the characters a week later. I still remember many of these character names 37 years later. Definitely appropriate for kids. (less)

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Ea Solinas
May 02, 2011 Ea Solinas rated it it was amazing
Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" have become a classic staple of fantasy literature, a few rungs below "Lord of the Rings" and a few inches down from "Chronicles of Narnia." In this volume, all six books in his series are brought together, showing all of Prydain's beauty, richness, humor and sorrow as one big book.

"The Book of Three" opens with Assistant Pig-Keeper Taran yearning for adventure -- and getting more than he bargains for when he chases the pig into the woods, and is nearly
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Susan
Feb 13, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-classics
Terran reread these for his book club, and I had fond memories of reading them as a child, so I picked them up too.

The first three books were charming. I loved the combination of high epic characters and characters designed to mock high epic. The fair folk were particularly entertaining when compared to Tolkien-style epic. You could write a book on Eilonwyn's role as an adventure heroine. She's enormously complex and layered in a collection of characters that aspires to two dimensions.

As the ser
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Noni
Feb 11, 2012 Noni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the whole 5 books in sequence. Each book itself is not long. One book contains between 100-200 pages only. But the journey inside the land of Prydain was certainly a long one.

It began with The Book of Three, where Taran was still a teenage boy, eager to see the world, to become a hero, with his prideful attitude. Along the way, in The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, with all the journeys and events, Taran grew up to become a man, kind, compassionate,
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Dans Mon Arbre
Apr 10, 2016 Dans Mon Arbre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received this set of books, I believe, back when I was about 9 or 10 years old. 1984.

While I'd been reading for as long as I could remember (my parents insisted we did, and I thank them for that), these books changed reading from something I was expected to do into something I wanted to do. An appetite that still hasn't been sated.

They tell the story of a young boy's journey into manhood within a world of fantasy and kings and knights. The boy longs to be a hero, but in the course of his tria
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Beth
I fell in love with these books when they were first read aloud to me as a child, and they remain just as wonderful now that I’m an adult. My husband and I read them aloud to each other during our first year of marriage, and ended up staying up far too late reading on nights when we had to work the next day. The characters are unforgettable, and we find ourselves making allusions to what certain characters would do or say in our situation. I can’t wait until our son is old enough to enjoy them ...more
Bonnie
Apr 12, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I've been reading these books to my 9-year-old son, and we're both enjoying them. To give you a sense, other favorites of his have been all the Harry Potter books multiple times each, The Hobbit, and recently "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. These books are between Harry Potter and Tolkien in reading level, which I realize is a large gap. Our son, a relatively advanced reader who nevertheless chooses "Takes of a Wimpy Kid" as often as "The Hobbit," could probably read these on his own, once he ...more
Lucy March
Oct 14, 2015 Lucy March rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a very charming, loveable Fantasy/Coming of Age series and it definitely deserves more attention than it gets.

On behalf of all Prydain fans I'd like to ask: Where's our live-action movie version of this? All we have is one very cute (but let's face it, also dated and somewhat inaccurate) Disney animation film!

The story basically follows, along the course of five books, the coming of age of young Taran, an assistant pig keeper who dreams of being a hero. He makes (and in many cases loses
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Erik
Aug 08, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty much minding my own business, plucking the odd Encyclopedia Brown mystery from the elementary school library shelves when my third grade teacher told me to check these out. They began a lifelong affection for fantasy novels, specifically fantasy series.

It's natural to utter the name Tolkein while discussing these books due to numerous parallels between Middle Earth and The Realm of Prydain, not to mention both author's utilization the multi-volume format. Alexander's Prydain series
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Mike (the Paladin)
I read these individually, having bought a boxed set years ago. They tell a wonderful fantasy story, much younger than The Lord of the Rings to which some try to compare it. While I can't say that I find it anywhere near as good as that epic, it is a worthy nominee to the crown of best Youth and YA fantasy. Adults can and I would think that if they are fantasy fans, will enjoy it also. The books are loosely based in Welsh mythology but they don't strain to stay with it and tell a story that's ...more
Chad
Jan 24, 2009 Chad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Males Especially
One of my favorite series of fantasy novels. This series is for kids to young adults, but I reread them a few years back and still enjoyed them. It is often what I recommend to those who liked harry potter and want something similar. It is full of good morals mainly geared to growing men, and values honesty and integrity over flash and heroics. Its not all wholesome cheerios though, they are genuinely great books.

The series starts with The Book of Three. It is simple and a bit childish; frustrat
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Peterwilliam
Dec 25, 2010 Peterwilliam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading (28 years later) on 12/13/10.
emrys merlin
Nov 17, 2016 emrys merlin rated it really liked it
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Anthony
Jan 08, 2014 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The Chronicles of Prydain is an epic fantasy series by the late and great fantasy author Lloyd Alexander. To really appreciate his work you must read this series. Think the lord of the rings but on a feudal level, and written for children.

The series contains these stories:

The Book of Three – In which Taran an assistant pig keeper sets off to find a runaway pig that tells the future and ends up on a quest to save Prydain from the forces of evil. He is joined by Princess Eilonwy who possess a stro
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Maria Särnhammar
Jun 28, 2015 Maria Särnhammar rated it really liked it
Shelves: läst-2015
Jag har läst om de fem böckerna i serien om landet Prydain av Lloys Alexander. De håller fortfarande, språket känns inte gammalt och barn i åldern 9 år och uppåt kan läsa den tycker jag.

Krönikan om Prydain, som de tillsammans kallas bygger på walesiska legender och sagor, men Lloyd Alexander har skapat ett eget fantastiskt rike, fyllt av drömmar, tapperhet, humor och mycket klokhet.

Tyvärr finns de inte att köpa på svenska längre, vilket är verkligen synd, de borde verkligen ges ut igen. Enklare
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Daniel A.
I first encountered Lloyd Alexander's work—not knowing who he was—when I read his first fantasy novel for young adults, Time Cat. To this day, I have fond memories of that novel of my youth, but when I began reading The Prydain Chronicles, possibly Alexander's most famous work of fantasy for children, I actually didn't make the connection between it and Time Cat; I had originally bought The Prydain Chronicles because I also fondly remembered the largely forgotten animated Disney movie The Black ...more
Ea Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"The Chronicles of Prydain" is one of those fantasy series that is not only a classic, but really timeless -- it's a mishmash of heroic fantasy and Welsh folklore, a few rungs below "Lord of the Rings" and a few inches down from "Chronicles of Narnia." And Lloyd Alexander's writing is absolutely sublime, melding sorrow and humor even as the heroes fight to save the world.

"The Book of Three" opens with Assistant Pig-Keeper Taran yearning for adventure -- and getting more than he bargains for when
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Terran
Dec 25, 2015 Terran rated it liked it
I suppose I'm just getting old and curmudgeonly, but these books just didn't hold up to my middle-school memories of them. It's sad -- I wanted to like them more. But they just continually felt... Clunky and derivative. The characters were mostly one-dimensional (Gurgi and Fflewder Fflam, in particular, always spoke in repetitive turns of phrase, making them feel like Mad Libs more than people). Alexander skipped over so many details that it felt like he either wasn't paying attention or hadn't ...more
Jeremy Preacher
May 20, 2015 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain are beloved childhood books for me. I can probably blame on them my early obsession with all things Welsh and my emphatic preference for pre-Malory Arthuriana. And also, probably, my immense fondness for crafting-based training montages (see L.E. Modesitt's entire Recluse series.) I'm thrilled to see that they hold up well - better than many of my childhood favorites.

They're thoughtful and complex on a moral level. There are very few absolute evils, and fe
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sabisteb
Mar 18, 2011 sabisteb rated it liked it
Shelves: hörspiele
Die Taran Reihe wurde ursprünglich vom SWR 2005 für den „Dschungel für Kinder“ produziert. Zunächst waren die CDs einzeln erhältlich und seit 2007 in einer Sammelbox mit allen 5 Teilen der Serie.
„Die Chroniken von Prydain“, wie die Bücher um Taran auch genannt werden, sind Klassiker der Kinderliteratur, die von Lloyd Alexander zwischen 1964-1968 veröffentlicht wurden. Diese Geschichten stehen in der Tradition der Narnia Chroniken und des Herrn der Ringe. Es geht um den klassischen Kampf Gut gege
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Ash Ryan
Aug 18, 2015 Ash Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, books I remember enjoying as a kid that still stand up to re-reading as an adult![return][return]They are sometimes described as coming-of-age stories, and that is true in the best sense of the term. Alexander is deeply concerned with growing up, and he examines many of its central, deepest, and most profound aspects, such as discovering one's personal identity, and responsibility. Each book in the series looks at these themes in different ways and builds on them a little more. My ...more
Katharyn
Feb 10, 2009 Katharyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
A coming of age tale in an Ancient Nordic Magical setting; Assistant Pig Keeper Taran, along with Princess Eilonwey, animal man Gurgi , and King/want’a-be Bard Fflewddur Flam struggle for the sake of all that is good in a world facing Evil domination.

These books are heavy laden with Nordic Mythology, and such show a high resemblance The Lord of the Rings. Those of you who found the lack of female strength in the Lord of the Rings frustrating, will prefer the Prydain Series (while stronger, also
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Jordan
Sep 16, 2016 Jordan added it
This books were some of my absolute favorite YA series, when I was a teen. 5 stars...i'd highly recommend reading!
Walter
Nov 05, 2013 Walter rated it it was amazing
The Chronicles of Prydain tell the story of young Taran, the Assistant Pig Keeper, who embarks on several adventures to battle evil in the mythical Kingdom of Prydain, a land modeled after Wales. The stories are based on Welsh mythology, but Alexander makes the stories very accessible to modern young readers. The characters in these stories are very well developed - the assistant Pig Keeper who would be a hero, the young lady who is the heiress to a line of magic princesses, the would be bard, a ...more
Stefanie
Dec 05, 2012 Stefanie rated it really liked it
So even though I technically read these as separate books, it seemed somehow disingenuous towards my final book count to rate them all separately. Particularly because I finished one per day basically just in a train ride. Sometimes, public transit is a real boon.

Anyway, these comprise books 2-6 (out of I believe 9 total) books that my dear friend has lent me. Though they're children's books, and though I sometimes long for more darkness and grit, I have to admit I really enjoyed the stories. I'
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Ethan
Apr 01, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it
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Daria
Jul 02, 2010 Daria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved-fantasy
Technically the edition I read and own. Take my word for it - the Prydain Chronicles are meant to be read as one huge sprawling epic. If I should be so bold I would say that the Prydain Chronicles themselves challenge the Master of all Epics, Tolkien's LOTR. In some cases, I would even say that Prydain is worthier of holding the shining pedestal. Lloyd Alexander has the unique (even among great writers) ability to teach morals and lessons in his tales in a gentle manner; he is simpler in his ...more
Lauren Kozilski
Dec 16, 2014 Lauren Kozilski rated it it was amazing
I read this series when I was in middle school, and the impressions I still have are:

A) I loved Taran as a hero. He was believable, and he was true. Sure, he made a few mistakes, but what hero doesn't?
B) These books paved my way into the world of fantasy literature. After reading these I went almost directly - via Patricia Ward's Dragon Series - into Tolkien and LOTR. Alexander's books were my gateway drug into the heaven of epic fantasy lit. Thank you, Lloyd.
C) Finally, I think I vaguely rem
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Miz Lee
Apr 01, 2013 Miz Lee rated it it was amazing
I found this series in Jr. Hi and read it through with great glee, concern, and pleasure. Years later I bought the series to read to my children using voices for some of the characters. Gurgi came out close to a Cookie Monster/Yoda combo. When Disney made the The Black Cauldron, we went to see it and came out of the film disgusted that it had been so ineptly portrayed. Read the books! They have mystery, action, adventure, evil and good. Laugh, shiver, shake, boo, hiss, and applaud the victory of ...more
Kelly Cozy
Feb 26, 2013 Kelly Cozy rated it it was amazing
My brother-in-law bought these for my son for Christmas, at my suggestion. I read this series when I was my son's age and loved them. I'm pleased to report that they hold up very well.

In the mythical land of Prydain, young Taran longs for heroism and adventure. But alas, he's stuck being an Assistant Pig-Keeper (his adopted father, the enchanter Dallben, keeps an oracular pig, Hen Wen). But when Hen Wen runs away and is sought after by the Death Lord Arawn and his henchman the Horned King, and w
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Kiera Beddes
I desperately want to compare the Prydain chronicles to LOTR but I can't, seeing as I haven't read LOTR yet. But I have seen the movies so based on that experience, I see a lot of similarities. The first book, (The Book of Three) in the series was part of the curriculum in sixth grade, so I remembered reading that. And to spite a kid in my class, I read the last book (The High King) in the series, never returning to them until this summer when I watched the 1985 Disney butchered attempt at ...more
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Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007) was an influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books. His most famous contribution to the field of children's literature is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. The concluding book of the series, The High King, was awarded the Newbery Medal i ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Prydain (5 books)
  • The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1)
  • The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2)
  • The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain #3)
  • Taran Wanderer (The Chronicles of Prydain #4)
  • The High King (The Chronicles of Prydain #5)

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“I’ve heard men complain of doing woman’s work, and women complain of doing man’s work,” she added, fastening her bony thumb and forefinger on Gurgi’s ear and marching him to a stool beside Taran, “but I’ve never heard the work complain of who did it, so long as it got done!” 4 likes
“Adaon smiled gravely. “Is there not glory enough in living the days given to us? You should know there is adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty, too.” 2 likes
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