The Final Price is the twentieth and final chapter of The Black Cauldron. The brisk and blazing climax of the action takes place here, even as the major themes of self-sacrifice and vying for honor against a rival come to fruition, alongside the minor theme of unfortunate consequences of magical enchantments. All major characters get their due before a mournful denouement, and the story ends with a parting word concerning morals in the "world of men".
PlotDoli arrived and invisibly cut everyone's bonds. Ellidyr determined to rush the Black Crochan and make the final sacrifice himself. Taran's shouts to turn aside, Ellidyr forced himself into the mouth of the Cauldron. The evil pot trembled and shattered, revealing the Prince's dead body in the midst of its shards. Gwydion, King Smoit and the forces of Cadiffor arrived to engage the men of Madoc and defeat King Morgant in battle. Smoit himself struck down Morgant, who fell with his broken sword weeping blood, just as Adaon had dreamed. Caer Dallben, and meeting the smiling Eilonwy, Fflewddur and Gurgi.
Next in The Chronicles of Prydain:
|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|