By "white" it remains unknown whether author Lloyd Alexander meant literally bone-white, or as a euphemism for "pink". ( Log Out / In the land of Prydain, Taran is an "assistant pig-keeper" on the small farm of Caer Dallben, home of Dallben the Enchanter. Hen Wen looked and behaved like a normal sow, yet she was oracular, possessing the ability to tell the future and reveal hidden information. When [Y/n] wants to find out what happened to her parents. Sending both [Y/n] and Taran and Hen Wen on … In the catacombs beneath the castle, Taran and Eilonwy discover the ancient burial chamber of a king, where he arms himself with the king's sword. Images of Hen Wen from The Black Cauldron. While he’s looking through the woods for the pig, he comes across a bizarre little critter called Gurgi. Taran is sent away with Hen Wen, to hide away and to keep the pig’s power secret. Originally, Dallben was about to have a beard and was revealed as the true villain of the story in some early drafts for the film. Taran dreams of being a warrior. The pig is being stalked by two of the Horned King’s dragons. Along with a third captive, the comical, middle-aged bard Fflewddur Fflam they escape the castle and are soon reunited with Gurgi. However, Taran has finally realized Gurgi's true friendship, and he persuades them to revive the wild thing in exchange for the cauldron, forcing him to give up his magical sword permanently. This power can also be used to watch (scry) concurrent events. I watched that dude’s evil plans fail five days a week. Taran gets to daydreaming again… about being a great warrior. A new movie to me, never heard of this title! They were among my favourite fantasy stories for a long time. I should be getting the set from Amazon tomorrow. When the Horned King spots Taran at large, he infers the turn of events and threatens to throw the youth toward the cauldron; however, the cauldron's magic is out of control. One look at the Horned King and it’s easy to see why this movie would be rated PG. Dallben Dallben is described as an ancient man with a long white beard. Taran leaves Gurgi to sneak into the castle and rescues Hen Wen, who flees, but all too soon he is finally captured himself and thrown into the dungeon. Eventually, our heroes discover that the cauldron is being held by three witches, who trade the cauldron for Taran’s magic sword. It contains magic that allows him to effectively fight the Horned King's minions and so to fulfill his dream of heroism. Before getting out, they free another prisoner, Fflewddur Fflam, and are reunited with Gurgi when they escape the castle. The king then begins to use the Black Cauldron to unleash an army of undead. She is an oracular pig with the ability to prophesy about future events and reveal hidden information. When the king’s minion threatens to torture Hen Wen if she doesn’t show the location of the Black Cauldron, Taran accidentally reveals himself. But when I was a teen, I read the books. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. However, they escape, but get separated. The Horned King's soldiers interrupt, having finally reached the marshes all by themselves. Taran later leaves on his quest to protect Hen Wen. Quick synopsis… When a fearsome warrior’s quest for invincibility leads him to the Black Cauldron, he is challenged by the most unlikely adversary: a young assistant pig keeper named Taran. Dallben shares some facial features with Edgar Balthazar, the AristoCats' antagonist. By "white" it remains unknown whether author Lloyd Alexander meant literally bone-white, or as a euphemism for "pink". At the start, we are introduced to Taran, an assistant pig keeper in the land of Prydain. Taran later became restless to leave Caer Dallben to fight against the Horned King which Dallben disapproves of. Is it on Disney +? The prophetic messages she generated were cryptic and terse; Hen Wen herself seemed to fear the very sight of the Letter Sticks, as though the task were somehow onerous. Welcome to Disney’s first animated film to ever be rated higher than a G. This movie came out when I was five years old. @JazzFeathers The "old white" sow Henwen appears in the Welsh Triads, specifically in the Red Book of Hergest (Welsh: Llyfr Coch Hergest), a large vellum manuscript written shortly after 1382. Originally she belonged to Coll, but most of her maintenance was delegated to Taran when he received the title of Assistant Pig-Keeper in The Book of Three. Taran manages to get Hen Wen away, but is captured and thrown in the dungeon himself. And they throw in the crucial information that the Black Cauldron cannot be destroyed, except by one who climbs inside of his own free will. In the episode Donald and the Aracuan Bird, while Donald chases and searches for the Aracuan Bird (hint: right before the Aracuan Bird gets into Ursula's meal), Dallben is seen sitting at a table by Donald. Taran later leaves on his quest to protect Hen Wen. Although Taran feels foolish for aspiring to destroy the cauldron by himself, his companions show their belief in him, and it appears that Eilonwy and Taran will kiss. However, this was eventually rejected, despite being more true to the source material. The undead army collapses. Eilonwy, Fflewddur, and Gurgi agree to join him and Eiddileg's obnoxious right-hand man Doli is assigned to lead them to the Marshes of Morva while the Fair Folk agree to escort Hen Wen safely back to Caer Dallben. Taran decides to sacrifice himself by throwing himself into the cauldron to stop its magic, but Gurgi stops him and climbs in himself. Hen Wen reveals to Dallben and Taran that the evil Horned King is searching for the the titular Black Cauldron. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. I read that the author said the movie was very different from what he wrote, but was enjoyable nonetheless.