The Ladder is the thirteenth chapter of The Castle of Llyr. Here the themes of cooperation, friendship and compassion are developed in the midst of a fight-or-flight adventure scenario.

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Noticing the escape of bats overhead, the Companions constructed a human ladder which enabled Prince Rhun, clambering over them all, to reach a ledge and escape. When Glew opened the tunnel to allow his final ingredient to step out, the remaining trio of Taran, Fflewddur and Gurgi attacked him. The giant complained about their resistance but proved a difficult adversary. During the fight, Rhun returned; the bauble now blazed brilliantly for him.

The Castle of Llyr
1. Prince Rhun | 2. Dinas Rhydnant | 3. The Shoemaker | 4. Shadows | 5. The Oath | 6. The Potions of Glew | 7. The Lair of Llyan | 8. The Harp of Fflewddur | 9. The Luck of Rhun | 10. The Cavern | 11. King of the Stones | 12. The Tomb | 13. The Ladder | 14. The Empty Book | 15. The Island | 16. A Meeting of Strangers | 17. The Spells of Caer Colur | 18. The Golden Pelydryn | 19. The Flood | 20. The Pledge
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