Lloyd Alexander, creator of The Chronicles of Prydain, died yesterday at 83. Ironically, in this so-called age of Internet time, as of this hour, ‘his’ site doesn’t reflect this.
I discovered Alexander’s books when I was just past the upper bound of his intended audience’s age. Still, they were a great read, and a wonderful, if indirect, introduction to Welsh mythology. They’re on the list of Things We Intend To Read To The Boy – provided he can wait that long (he’s starting to request time to read by himself in bed instead of bedtime stories).
If you’re a fan of fantasy fiction and all you know of Alexander is Disney’s abominable adaptation of The Black Cauldron, do yourself a favor and try to purge whatever memories you have of that atrocity and give the Chronicles a whirl… It’s definitely written with a lighter touch than any of Tolkien’s work, and more explicitly intended for a ‘young adult’ audience – but it’s really well written and (IMO) still worth a go.
(And yes, the title of this piece quotes Gurgi (who else?) from The Black Cauldron…)