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The High King is the fifth book in The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. It is the most overtly epic of the books, the most purely high fantasy, and the apex of the overall plot of the Chronicles, in which nearly every character previously established in the four preceding books has some part to play.

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Brief Synopsis

When the legendary sword Dyrnwyn was stolen by Arawn Death-Lord, Taran of Caer Dallben and his Companions undertook an arduous mission to regain the blade.
In the quest, Taran rallied the men of the Free Commots to the aid of Gwydion and the Sons of Don against all the evil forces of Annuvin. The final confrontation would shatter all that Taran knew, and change the land of Prydain forever.


  1. Homecomings
  2. The Letter Sticks
  3. The Prophecy
  4. King Smoit's Castle
  5. The Watcher
  6. A Clutch of Eggs
  7. The King of Mona
  8. The Messengers
  9. The Banner
  10. The Coming of Pryderi
  11. The Fortress
  12. The Red Fallows
  13. Darkness
  14. Daylight
  15. The River of Ice
  16. The Enchanter
  17. The Snowstorm
  18. Mount Dragon
  19. The Death-Lord
  20. The Gift
  21. Farewells
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