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This page will list the differences between [[The Black Cauldron (film)|Disney's The Black Cauldron]] and the books [[The Book of Three (novel)|The Book of Three]] and [[The Black Cauldron (novel)|The Black Cauldron]]. It is not intended to be exhaustive.
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This page lists the main differences between [[The Black Cauldron (film)|Disney's ''The Black Cauldron'']] and the books [[The Book of Three (novel)|''The Book of Three'']] and [[The Black Cauldron (novel)|''The Black Cauldron'']]. It is not meant to be exhaustive; readers should feel free to add additional differences as appropriate.
   
==STORY DIFFERENCES==
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In the main, the animated film is an amalgam of the first two books in the [[Chronicles of Prydain]] series, with ''The Book of Three'' forming the chief narrative structure, plus key elements from ''The Black Cauldron'' included: [[Hen Wen]] is pursued for her putative power over the [[Black Crochan|Cauldron]] (rather than for her secret knowledge of [[The Horned King]]; the [[Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch|Witches of Morva]] possess the Cauldron as in the second novel; and the [[Dyrnwyn|magic sword]]is Taran's prized possession instead of the [[Brooch of Adaon]].
*The prologue states that [[Arawn Death-Lord]] is a spirit trapped in the [[Black Crochan|cauldron]].
 
*[[The Horned King]] is the ruler of Prydain rather than Arawn.
 
**He is the main antagonist rather than a minor character.
 
*A magic sword like [[Dyrnwyn]] appears, but is not black and is not named.
 
*Instead of [[Ellidyr]] sacrificing himself, Gurgi performs the sacrifice.
 
*The story is basically [[The Book of Three (novel)]] with [[Hen Wen]] pursued for her imagined power over the [[Black Crochan|cauldron]], with the [[Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch|Witches of Morva]] tacked on, and the [[Dyrnwyn|magic sword]] in place of the [[Brooch of Adaon]].
 
   
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==Main Story Differences==
==CHARACTER DIFFERENCES==
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*[[Princess Eilonwy]] is blonde as opposed to having "red-gold" hair.
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*The Horned King is both the ruler of [[Prydain]] and the main antagonist rather than [[Arawn]].
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* Arawn is a spirit trapped in the Cauldron.
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*A magic sword similar to [[Dyrnwyn]] appears, but is not black and is not named.
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* The Horned King's castle is a main locale, from which the characters must escape and in which the climax occurs, rather than [[Spiral Castle]] or [[Annuvin]].
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*Instead of [[Ellidyr]] sacrificing himself to destroy the Cauldron, [[Gurgi]] performs the sacrifice.
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==Character Differences==
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*[[Princess Eilonwy]] has "dirty blonde" hair rather than "red-gold" hair. Her [[Golden Pelydryn|bauble]] floats instead of being hand-held.
 
*[[Dallben]] has no beard.
 
*[[Dallben]] has no beard.
 
*[[Fflewddur Fflam]] is elderly and portly.
 
*[[Fflewddur Fflam]] is elderly and portly.
 
*[[Gurgi]] is small and dog-like.
 
*[[Gurgi]] is small and dog-like.
 
*[[Hen Wen]] is tiny and pink rather than a white, adult sow.
 
*[[Hen Wen]] is tiny and pink rather than a white, adult sow.
*[[Doli]] is a tiny, crotchety old man with a gray beard and moth wings.
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*All of the [[Fair Folk]] are miniature, moth-winged fairy-people, including [[Doli]].
*All of the [[Fair Folk]] are miniature, moth-winged people.
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*Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch are loud and obnoxious rather than clever and subtle. Orwen is inexplicably attracted to Fflewddur.
*[[Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch]] are loud, obnoxious and unsubtle.
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*The [[Cauldron-Born]] are skeletal warriors rather than fleshed as in the books; they appear only briefly near the climax of the film.
*[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Creeper Creeper] is not in the books; he is an original character.
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*[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Creeper Creeper] is an original character to the movie.
*[[Golden Pelydryn|Eilonwy's Bauble]] floats.
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*There are no [[Huntsmen of Annuvin]].
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*The following key characters from first two novels do not appear: [[Coll]], [[Gwydion]], [[Achren]], [[Adaon]], [[King Smoit]], Ellidyr, [[King Morgant]].
   
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==MISSING CHARACTERS==
 
*[[Coll]] does not appear.
 
*[[Gwydion]] does not appear.
 
*[[Achren]] does not appear.
 
*There are no [[Huntsmen of Annuvin]].
 
*No characters from [[The Black Cauldron (novel)]] appear beyond the core [[Companions]].
 
 
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[[Category:The Chronicles of Prydain]]

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This page lists the main differences between Disney's The Black Cauldron and the books The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron. It is not meant to be exhaustive; readers should feel free to add additional differences as appropriate.

In the main, the animated film is an amalgam of the first two books in the Chronicles of Prydain series, with The Book of Three forming the chief narrative structure, plus key elements from The Black Cauldron included: Hen Wen is pursued for her putative power over the Cauldron (rather than for her secret knowledge of The Horned King; the Witches of Morva possess the Cauldron as in the second novel; and the magic swordis Taran's prized possession instead of the Brooch of Adaon.

Main Story Differences

The book of three
  • The Horned King is both the ruler of Prydain and the main antagonist rather than Arawn.
  • Arawn is a spirit trapped in the Cauldron.
  • A magic sword similar to Dyrnwyn appears, but is not black and is not named.
  • The Horned King's castle is a main locale, from which the characters must escape and in which the climax occurs, rather than Spiral Castle or Annuvin.
  • Instead of Ellidyr sacrificing himself to destroy the Cauldron, Gurgi performs the sacrifice.

Character Differences

TBC2
  • Princess Eilonwy has "dirty blonde" hair rather than "red-gold" hair. Her bauble floats instead of being hand-held.
  • Dallben has no beard.
  • Fflewddur Fflam is elderly and portly.
  • Gurgi is small and dog-like.
  • Hen Wen is tiny and pink rather than a white, adult sow.
  • All of the Fair Folk are miniature, moth-winged fairy-people, including Doli.
  • Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch are loud and obnoxious rather than clever and subtle. Orwen is inexplicably attracted to Fflewddur.
  • The Cauldron-Born are skeletal warriors rather than fleshed as in the books; they appear only briefly near the climax of the film.
  • Creeper is an original character to the movie.
  • There are no Huntsmen of Annuvin.
  • The following key characters from first two novels do not appear: Coll, Gwydion, Achren, Adaon, King Smoit, Ellidyr, King Morgant.
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