Black eagle
Gwythaints were huge birds of prey, terrifying winged predators. Arawn Death-Lord kept them in iron cages in the Land of Death, from which he released them to serve as his spies and messengers, the "Eyes Of Annuvin." The gwythaints were once gentle creatures, until Arawn forced them under his command, torturing them until they came to serve hum out of terror.
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Physical Description

Gwythaints had talons as sharp as daggers, beaks like axe-blades, and black feathers. Their attack method was to swoop down on enemies, like real raptors.

See Also

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This young creature, found and nursed back to health by Taran during the events of The Book of Three (novel), later appeared in The High King, and proved crucial to the overall plot and themes of The Chronicles of Prydain. See the above link for details.

Disney's The Black Cauldron

In the 1985 animated film, Gwythaints are depicted as flying reptilian creatures similar to small wyverns. The animators initially produced concept sketches of black birds, as the gwythaints are described in the series, but at some point the filmmakers decided to depict them as wyverns.
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The gwythaints first appear in the movie as they kidnap Hen Wen from Taran, and appear a second time when they are fed food by one of the men. They also attempt to chase Taran, only to end up being chained to their perches. Later the Horned King sends them out to follow Taran and his companions. The gwythaints manage to find them and the Black Cauldron. After the Horned King meets his demise, one of the gwythaints is killed while another escapes with Creeper.

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