Goryon and Gast is the third chapter in Taran Wanderer. Here the hero runs afoul of pride and greed, but recovers with careful thought and measured wisdom. An old favorite character is also introduced as the episodic plot continues to run briskly along.
PlotTaran visited Lord Goryon, who had been bucked from the saddle by Melynlas, and asked that the stallion be returned to him. Goryon, a "thickset" lord who styled himself "the Valorous", accused Taran of insolence and recounted a tall tale of giants and monsters, which his men had purportedly defeated to obtain the horse. Taran explained, through the lord's sputtering protests, that he and his companions only
At the neighboring stronghold of Lord Gast they met old friend Fflewddur Fflam, who had returned to wandering as a bard for love of spring. Gast, who claimed to be "Generous", was in truth stingy and begrudging. Lord Gast showed Taran a treasure hoard, which Fflewddur suggested he acquired in the same way Lord Goryon had acquired Melynlas -- unlawful seizure. The Companions then struck out for Caer Cadarn, glad to leave the two boastful lords behind.
|1. Who Am I? | 2. Cantrev Cadiffor | 3. Goryon and Gast | 4. A Matter of Cows | 5. A Judgement | 6. A Frog | 7. Friends in Danger | 8. The Wall of Thorns | 9. The Hand of Morda | 10. The Broken Spell | 11. Dorath | 12. The Wager | 13. The Lost Lamb | 14. The End of Summer | 15. The Open Cage | 16. Taran Wanderer | 17. The Weir | 18. The Free Commots | 19. The Potter's Wheel | 20. The Spoilers | 21. The Mirror|