The Council at Caer Dallben is the first chapter of The Black Cauldron. Here all seven previously known protagonists are re-established, along with four new major characters, while elevating the risk posed by the antagonist and succinctly stating the basic plot.
PlotThe Book of Three, Dallben called a council at Caer Dallben, wholly unbeknownst to Taran. The first arrival, Prince Ellidyr, disdained Taran and, while mounted, thrashed the quick-tempered Assistant Pig-Keeper, who was afoot. Dallben put a stop to the conflict and ordered Taran to see Eilonwy, who was now in charge of the scullery, to tend his scrapes. Prince Gwydion: "What joy!" As Gwydion arrived with gentle words for the Companions, he appraised Taran as having grown; but had he grown in wisdom? The Son of Don revealed the council and agreed Taran would have a place in it... and a task. Fflewddur Fflam, who in turn introduced several new characters: Adaon Son of Taliesin, King Morgant and King Smoit among them.Horned King, Arawn Death-Lord had begun creating more Cauldron-Born by murdering living men and steeping their corpses in the enchanted Black Cauldron. Gwydion now declared his plan to attack Annuvin, to seize the Cauldron -- and to destroy it.
|The Black Cauldron|
|1. The Council at Caer Dallben | 2. The Naming of the Tasks | 3. Adaon | 4. In the Shadow of Dark Gate | 5. The Huntsmen of Annuvin | 6. Gwystyl | 7. Kaw | 8. A Stone in the Shoe | 9. The Brooch | 10. The Marshes of Morva | 11. The Cottage | 12. Little Dallben | 13. The Plan | 14. The Price | 15. The Black Crochan | 16. The River | 17. The Choice | 18. The Loss | 19. The War Lord | 20. The Final Price|