This article is about the group of warriors. For the chapter, see The Huntsmen of Annuvin.Annuvin were a brotherhood of ruthless warriors. They were criminals, cruel murderers who had betrayed their own comrades, and sworn allegiance to Arawn Death-Lord in an unbreakable blood oath. Arawn in turn gave the Huntsmen supernatural strength and senses.
Skills and PowersPrince Gwydion, "their power grows." This unique ability made them among Arawn's most dangerous servants.
AppearancesAdaon's party in the Forest of Idris near Dark Gate, pursued them through the woods, and eventually slew Adaon. Taran defeated a pair of them by leading them into quicksand in the Marshes of Morva. The Huntsmen also harried Ellidyr, who was traveling alone and kept him from entering the Marshes. At Dark Gate, the forces of King Morgant were turned away by the fierce onslaught of the Huntsmen.
While Taran was leading a force of Commot men to harry the army of Cauldron-Born on a return march to Annuvin, a long column of Huntsmen trapped the men against a mountainside. Under the distant but brilliant light of Princess Eilonwy's bauble, Taran saw the approaching force of Huntsmen and barely escaped being slaughtered. That night, Doli of the Fair Folk spied on the Huntsmen's camp inside a gorge, around the rim of which bears and wolves -- sent by Medwyn to help in the resistance to Arawn -- patrolled, trapping the Huntsmen.
Doli directed the Companions and Fair Folk warriors to gather branches and shrubs, pile these high on a nearby frozen lake, and set the kindling aflame. Unlocked by the heat, a river of fiery ice gushed into the ravine and drowned or dashed the Huntsmen to death. Those who tried to escape were devoured by the roving woodland predators.